Arbour Hill Cemetery, despite its traumatic history, is a quiet, reflective spot tucked away at the back of Stoneybatter. It was the burial place of the executed leaders of the 1916 rising, thrown into a secret mass grave in what was then the prison yard of Arbour Hill prison. The brutal treatment of the 1916 leaders was credited to turning public support towards the movement for Irish independence, which was finally achieved in 1922 after the War of Independence. Dublin is celebrating the centenary of the Easter Rising this year, and there are lots of events planned as commemorations.
Today the spot has a memorial to those buried there, and a garden. Through a door in the back wall, you can also visit the quirky UN Peacekeeper’s Veterans Garden, complete with various bits and pieces brought back from tours abroad, including a large anti-tank gun.
The cemetery and garden are small, and probably more interesting to history buffs, but they can be combined with lots of things nearby, like the Collins Barracks Museum, a visit to L.Mulligan’s (check the L.Mulligan Grocer article), Slice (see the Slice D7 article) or Lilliput Stores, or a trip to the Lighthouse Cinema (check The Lighthouse Cinema article).