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.
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