Gardening: A fitting memorial

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Ali Rochford takes a stroll through the War Memorial Gardens, where autumn’s fallen leaves have revealed the skill of its architect

A visit to the War Memorial Gardens, tucked away along the southern bank of the Liffey at Islandbridge, is more poignant at this time of year than at any other. During the summer, the beauty of the roses and herbaceous borders in full bloom distracts from the reasons for the gardens’ inception. It was on November 11, 1918, that the bloody war in which 49,400 Irish perished was declared over. And a visit in November leaves me with a new appreciation for the skill of the architect of the gardens, Edwin Lutyens.

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