These 10 photos show the stunning Irish National War Memorial Gardens in Dublin 8 during the recent spell of good weather. The gardens commemorate the Irish soldiers who fell in the First World War. They are surrounded by 19 acres of parkland bordering the Liffey; so as well as attracting visitors to the serene gardens the park is popular with joggers, dog walkers and families. This stretch of river is lined with boat clubs and the splash of oars often provides the soundtrack as you stroll by the river.
In 2011 the park rose to national attention when the Queen paid a visit to lay a wreath, but other than this five minutes of fame it remains to some extent a little local secret. The park isn’t clearly visible from the road and its three entrances are somewhat discreet so it often gets overlooked in favour of its bigger and better known neighbour, Phoenix Park. Accessible by foot from Chapelizod and Kilmainham and by car from Islandbridge, it’s well worth a visit if you haven’t been by now.