I first started my bird’s eye tour of Dublin hovering over the Abbey Theatre, however as I began to explore the surrounding neighborhood, I allowed myself to get a little lost. I find that getting lost is the best way to stumble upon other landmarks when traveling. I ended up exploring Trinity College and Parnell Square. As I took in my surroundings I was struck by all of the cultural landmarks situated so tightly together, but I was also amazed at how urban everything looked. It all looks just a little more well-used than I expected, and yet I still found it charming.
As I began to look more closely at the landmarks in the neighborhood, I found myself drawn to the Remembrance Garden. Kilfeather says that “the design of the garden itself, although typical of its era, now seems uninspired” (189). I would argue that it does not need to be particularly inspired as a memorial dedicated to the lives lost during the Easter Risings. The design comes off as an authentic memorial. I am not quite sure about the purpose of using The Children of Lir as the dominant piece in the garden, but I do think that the pool shaped like a cross is both tasteful as a memorial piece and beautifully simplistic.
I was rather sorry to read that it now enjoys less prominence as an area for tourist and public meetings. The park is beautiful if a bit religious. That a public space that has fallen into disuse has fallen into seedier hands is not surprising though, as it often occurs in other places.
Next, I went to see some Dublin street art. It was awe-inspiring. The artwork looks so vibrant. It was like looking at stained glass. The artwork seemed to celebrate the beauty of Ireland’s women with some religious undertones. It was a lovely look at the more urban parts of Dublin.