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“A Moving Place of Rest”

Arbour Hill Cemetery
Ranked #128 of 532 things to do in Dublin
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Owner description: Small cemetery housing the remains of 14 leaders of the Easter Rising.
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“A Moving Place of Rest”
Reviewed December 5, 2013

Adjacent to the Arbour Hill Prison is the Church of the Sacred Heart, which is maintained by the Irish Department of Defense; unfortunately, the church, which I understand is quite beautiful inside, was not open for visitors. At the rear of the church is an old cemetery, where lie the remains of British military personnel who died in the Dublin area in the 19th and early 20th century. Also found in the cemetery are a memorial and the burial spot of the Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising. The Proclamation of 1916 is inscribed on the wall in both Irish and English. A doorway beside the 1916 memorial gives access to the Irish United Nations Veterans’ Association house and memorial garden. During our visit to this small cemetery one of the veterans approached us and began telling us some of the history of the church, the cemetery, and the Collins Barracks. He also showed us the entrance to a tunnel, now sealed, which runs from the former military instillation to the prison. Persons interested in Irish history and the country's efforts to be come independent should visit this graveyard. In addition, a visit to Kilmainham Gaol is also warranted, since the two are interrelated.

Visited November 2013
3 Thank CJTravelerTexas
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Hickory, North Carolina
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“A Must See”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

If you are the least bit interested in the history of Ireland and how she came to be a republic, this is a must see. I stood there with a great awe for these men who made the ultimate sacrafice for what they believed to be right. If you can, look on the internet for a picture of what it used to be and what it is now. It is truly amazing.

Visited August 2013
4 Thank Carol B
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Letterkenny, Ireland
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“Military Cemetery in Arbour Hill, Dublin 7”
Reviewed September 11, 2013

This cemetery can be found next door to Arbour Hill Prison, just off Stoneybatter. It is here where 14 of the executed leaders of the 1916 rising, who were executed in Kilmainham Jail, are buried, including Patrick Pearse and James Connolly.

Behind the 1916 memorial is the Irish UN Veterans Association house, and memorial garden, and access can be gained from the garden. It is a very peaceful place to visit, and I've never seen it busy. During my last visit, I could hear the lads from the prison next door, playing football. Well worth a visit.

Visited September 2013
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

Behind Collins Barracks(National Museum Of Ireland) there is a church. And behind the church is a graveyard. And in that graveyard is a memorial to many of the leaders of Irish freedom. It's a grand , yet simple memorial, made from Wicklow granite. A patch of green covers the remains of these heroes. Don't go to be impressed. Go to pay homage . Read the Proclamation. Then stop by each name and thank them for their sacrifice. If you are as lucky as we were, you will meet an orange cat. The cat trotted across the churchyard as if his only purpose in life was to guard the residents. He watched us and only left when we did.

Visited October 2012
3 Thank DempseyZanesville
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“Lovely memorial but shame bout the dogs”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

Followed up a trip to collins barracks with a visit to arbour hill to visit the grave of the 1916 martyrs. Lovely cemetery and very well kept. However it was a shame to see several dog owners letting their dogs off their leads to run over the graves and of course do the usual dirt. Real lack of respect in the final resting place of men who gave their lives for our freedom. They def need a warden on duty to force people to obey the rules.

1 Thank mongirls
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