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This memorial garden in honour of the members of An Garda Síochána (Irish Police force) who died in active service to the state, is situated in the Dubh Linn park in Dublin Castle, Central Dublin. This was the place where the Garda Síochána affirmed its authority as the National Police Force of Ireland in Febrary 1922.

The principal idea behind the garden is the way an unexpected death brings an abrupt end to the cycle of life that all living things share. The image of a tree trunk felled before reaching maturity exposing the rings which show each year of life is the basis for the garden.

The monument in the picture here shows a seemingly solid granite wall which is pierced by a sharp glass shard, reminding us of the fragility of life.

The names of all members of the force who were killed prematurely are inscribed on the rolls of honour positioned around the garden.

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Additional Photos by Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2659 W: 12 N: 6360] (22278)
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