23 October 2019

New exhibition explores CWGC work in the Republic of Ireland

A new temporary exhibition will help visitors to the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the Republic of Ireland learn more about those buried there. Grangegorman Military Cemetery in Dublin contains more than 600 war casualties from both World Wars.

Members of the CWGC works team in Ireland

Their stories, and the wider work of the Commission can now be explored at the neighbouring Phoenix Park visitor centre. Among them is Private 2nd Class Tom Woodgate, who died in the First World War aged just 14.

Grangegorman was also recently the site of a replanting project which saw CWGC staff work alongside the Office of Public Works to refresh the horticulture at the war grave plots.

In the Republic of Ireland CWGC is responsible for more than 3,000 war graves and day to day work is conducted on our behalf by the Office of Public Works.

The plants were all locally grown in Ireland and include a mixture of Commission standards and native flora.

CWGC exhibition in Ireland

Malcolm Ross, CWGC’s regional manager for Ireland, said: “We work very closely with the Office of Public Works in Ireland and are grateful for their support in tending to the thousands of war graves that are scattered across the country.

“At Grangegorman we’ve planted a good mixture of flowers people would typically see in CWGC borders such as geraniums and some native ferns from Ireland. I would encourage people to come see the new exhibition at Phoenix Park and learn more about CWGC’s work.”

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