Clondalkin 1916 Commemorative Garden

On Saturday 30th April 2016, at 5.30pm, residents and community groups in Clondalkin came together to acknowledge and honour those who fought and died 100 years ago during the 1916 Easter Rising. A commemorative garden was officially opened by Mayor of South Dublin County, Cllr Sarah Holland. Members of the Scouts formed a guard of honour as the Proclamation was read out by Josephine Byrne representing the Clondalkin History Society and also in Irish by Edel Ní Arrachtáin representing Muintir Chrónáin. The garden was blessed by both Rev. Alan Rufli and Fr Damian Farnon before the national anthem was played by a piper from St. Joseph’s Pipe Band.  



The 30th April was chosen to coincide with the Centenary of the Grand Irish Concert in the Carnegie Library Clondalkin which was to take place 30th April 1916 - the concert that never happened. Three of the performers were either killed or arrested during the Rising a few days previously. Following the opening of the garden, Clondalkin Library later honoured the memory of those people with a celebratory concert featuring Irish music, dancing, readings and recitations to a sold out crowd. It can be said that Clondalkin remembered and celebrated the lives of those who lived and died during 1916.


The idea behind the garden in Clondalkin first came about following a call in 2015 for applications by renowned garden designer Diarmuid Gavin who was captivated by the notion of multiple gardens of remembrance dotted across the country - places of beauty and tranquility, of optimism and peace. Members of Clondalkin Tidy Towns, Muintir Chrónáin and the Clondalkin History Society came together to form a plan for a garden in Clondalkin. 

The original concept was developed by Senator Mark Daly, a member of the Government's All Party Consultation Group on Commemorations, under the auspices of a new body, Glór na Cásca. Since the launch of the project in 2015 over 20 gardens have been set up across Ireland, a figure which is increasing.


The project involves local communities working together - and in conjunction with their local authorities, community groups and Tidy Towns committees - to identify appropriate sites within parishes, villages, towns and cities in which to create the gardens. Diarmuid Gavin saw this as an opportunity to enhance our nation's green reputation and for every community to be involved in commemorating our nation's history.


The commemorative garden at Newlands Cross which up until recently was an overgrown site features seven newly planted golden yew trees, representing each of the seven signatories of the 1916 Proclamation. The garden was expertly designed and built by Barry Cotter Garden Design & Landscape Contractors. The main feature of the garden is two life size engraved replicas of the Proclamation in Wicklow granite, one in Irish and in English which were supplied by Ciaran Ryan of RyanStone Architectural & Monumental Stonework in Blessington who were famously awarded the contract to restore the stonework of the GPO amongst many other prestigious projects.

We would like to thank Barry Cotter and his team of superb landscapers and also Ciaran Ryan for his amazing skill and attention to detail. We would also like to thank Maldron Hotel for providing food and beverages after the opening. Special thanks to South Dublin County Council for their support and guidance throughout the project and for helping us meet our strict deadline. Also a special thanks to Clondalkin Garda Station for providing support and an important presence on the day. Finally, we would especially like to thank everyone who has donated towards the Commemorative Garden. We now invite everyone to come visit and spend time in the garden.