Peace Garden closed by yobs re-opens after nearly a decade
A tranquil space in the heart of Dublin city centre has re-opened after being closed nearly a decade ago because of anti-social behaviour.
The Peace Garden at Christchurch Place in the Liberties was officially re-opened by Dublin City Council yesterday.
A warden from the council's Parks Service will be in place on a trial basis.
The garden has undergone a transformation since it was originally developed as part of the city's Millennium celebrations in 1988, when it was initially designed as a sunken garden.
The 0.1 hectare space is located beside the ruins of the Church of St Nicholas Within overlooking Christ Church Cathedral.
It also features a restored version of The Tree of Life bronze sculpture by artist Leo Higgins which adorned the original garden.
Sculptor John Behan's Millennium Child stands at the entrance to the park.
Extracts from the poems of WB Yeats and Patrick Kavanagh are also embedded in the stone walls and footpaths.
The estimated 49,000 Irish soldiers who were killed and injured in World War One are also honoured, in a Flanders Fields mem- orial using soil from the actual burial ground in Belgium, as well as from the four provinces of Ireland.
The re-opening of the garden follows the recent renovation of nearby St Audoen's Park and the "greening" of Nicholas Street and High Street.