President Eamon de Valera formally opened The Garden of Remembrance at Parnell Square, Dublin as a memorial to those who died for Ireland.

Designed by Daithi Hanly the Garden of Remembrance was opened by President Eamon de Valera and blessed by the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr John Charles McQuaid at a ceremony on Easter Monday 1966.

Veterans of 1916, members of the diplomatic corps, the Lord Mayor Alderman Timmons, and the Taoiseach Sean Lemass were seated in the garden for the event.

A special cadet guard of honour, led by Lieutenant Finbar Studdart were placed on the arched granite wall at the west end of the garden. Joe Gahan a veteran of the General Post Office during Easter Week 1916 attended the ceremony on a stretcher.