THE GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE AT PARNELL SQUARE FEATURING THE CHILDREN OF LIR BY BY OISIN KELLY
The Garden was designed by Dáithí Hanly. It is in the form of a sunken cruciform water-feature. Its focal point is a statue of the Children of Lir by Oisín Kelly, symbolising rebirth and resurrection, added in 1971.
The sculpture was unveiled on Easter Monday 1966 by then President Eamon de Valera. The sculpture drew criticism on the grounds that it was not fitting that a subject from pagan legend, in this case the Children of Lir, should be the basis of a public monument in a Christian country.