Fusilier's Arch
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Pittsburgh, PA92,154 contributions
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Sep 2019 • Couples
Fusiliers arch is one of the entrances to St Stephens Green. It's a nice piece of architecture in the park
Written January 11, 2020
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Karen V
Tampa, FL2,902 contributions
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Apr 2013 • Family
It's a triumphal arch commemorating the Royal Dublin Fusiliers that served in the Second Boer war. Directly over the arch you'll see the inscription of the names of the battle locations (Talana, Colenso, Harts Hill, and Ladysmith). Underneath the arch are the names of the 212 who died in the war. It appears to be modeled after the Arch of Titus in Rome. It's actually a very nice structure. As mentioned previously, this colonialist monument was nicknamed the Traitors' Gate by the Irish Nationalists. It's shocking that it still stands after the beating it took during the 1916 Easter Rising. If you look at it up close, you can still see the bullet holes. It's a part of Dublin's history that deserves attention to detail. You're going to pass by it anyway while you're visiting the park. It tells a story like all triumphal arches.
Written March 16, 2014
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David H
Bury, UK1,651 contributions
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Nov 2019
Situated at the entrance to the park, you could be forgiven for thinking that it is just a fine piece of architecture, but as you walk through you can read the names of all those soldiers inscribed into the stone. Very moving.
Written December 9, 2019
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Paul Legate
United Kingdom20,381 contributions
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Jan 2018 • Solo
The Fusiliers’ Arch is a grand monument and forms a gateway into St Stephen’s Green from Grafton Street. The granite structure was completed in 1907 and dedicated to the Royal Dublin Fusiliers who fought and died in the Second Boer War.

The Arch was completed at a time when there were political and social changes in Ireland and because of colonial connotations attached to the Arch was referred to as Traitor’s Gate. It was damaged during the 1916 Easter Rising but remained whilst many buildings and monuments in Dublin did not survive. The arch is one many sights that must be seen whilst in Dublin.
Written January 13, 2018
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Jill d
Port Elizabeth, South Africa2,551 contributions
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Apr 2015 • Solo
This arch forms the main entrance to St Stephen's Green from the Grafton St side. It has particular poignancy for me as a South African with British roots.
The names of the battles of the Boer War are inscribed along the top of the arch, the 200 or so names of the fallen are inscribed on the inner part of the arch. This was a war in which there were terrible losses of life on both sides - where, in the eyes of the world, the might of the British Empire should have been able to quash the rag-tag guerilla forces of the South African farmers.The Boers wanted to shake off the yoke of British oppression - something which I am sure the Irish could identify with.
How pleased I am that this monument escaped destruction and still stands today, in a place where people can read about the valour of the men who paid the ultimate sacrifice... and to consider the need to cherish and appreciate the freedom so dearly bought.
Written April 20, 2015
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Gooner10-8
Dublin, Ireland1,976 contributions
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May 2013 • Couples
I know it's only half as wide and one-fifth as high, but every time I see this landmark monument at the Grafton Street entrance to St. Stephen's Green, I somehow can't help thinking of the world famous Arc de Triomphe. Could this be a case of "all triumphal arches look the same" ? Maybe.

It does indeed appear that both "Fusiliers' Arch" + its more renowned French "cousin" share the same roots : ancient Roman architecture such as can be seen in "The Arch of Titus". Broadly speaking, each Arch was constructed for a similar purpose - honouring French Revolutionary & Napoleonic War dead in Paris, and in Dublin's case, commemorating 212 Officers & Men who died serving in the British Army's "Royal Dublin Fusiliers" in the 19th century Boer War.

The Dublin arch, built mainly of granite, and funded by public subscription, was apparently somewhat controversial when dedicated in 1907. A growing Irish nationalist movement, appalled by the colonial and imperial symbolism, soon christened the structure "Traitor's Gate". Different times indeed !

Despite its origins, and the many successful efforts of subsequent revolutionary nationalists to destroy every British monument they could find, "Fusiliers' Arch" has survived. Granted it did get hit by gunfire when the 1916 Irish Citizens' Army & the British Army engaged in intensive skirmishing from St. Stephen's Green and some surrounding buildings.

Thankfully, it's still with us, it's a part of our history, and most importantly we now enjoy excellent relations with our nearest neighbour ! Take the time to inspect this impressive monument before wending your way across the absolutely beautiful and brilliantly maintained "'Green". Time permitting, you might also stop-off at the nearby Royal College of Surgeons and The Shelbourne Hotel which both featured in the 1916 exchanges I mentioned already......
Written May 8, 2013
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HowlnBubba
Key Largo, FL1,449 contributions
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Aug 2019
While I find it difficult to find fault with a beautiful memorial to fallen soldiers, I understand that it, after all, a colonialist memorial which some have issues with. Funded by public subscription in 1907, public feelings had changed by the 1916 Rising. I think maybe we should honor the soldiers despite our feelings toward their bosses.
Written September 23, 2019
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia7,494 contributions
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May 2019 • Couples
This Arch forms part of the Grafton Street entrance to St Stephen's Green park area. It was erected in 1907 to commemorate members of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers who fought and died in the Second Boer War. It was once known as Traitor's Gate as Irish sentiment was against involvement in the war. The Arch is still pockmarked with bullet holes from the 196 Easter Rising.
Written June 10, 2019
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floridatraveler33
Jacksonville, FL684 contributions
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Apr 2019 • Friends
Sorry folks. This just wasn’t a very exciting stop. I may have missed a plaque with more historical detail, but even if I did, this is a quick-walk-by.
Written April 21, 2019
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BennyMalaga
Malaga, Spain89,775 contributions
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Jun 2015 • Couples
We were walking towards Grafton St. from St. Stephens Green and came upon this monument unexpectedly. The architecture is quite good and impressive. Erected in 1907, it was dedicated to the officers, non-commissioned officers and enlisted men of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers who fought and died in the Second Boer War (1899-1902).
Written June 16, 2015
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