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St Stephen's Green is a lovely park in central Dublin. There are many statues - of republicans, of poets, and a particularly harrowing one commemorating the Potato Famine. During the Easter Uprising of 1916 it was occupied by rebels who dug trenches and fought with the British for several days. Many civilians were killed, including several children caught up in the crossfire.

Dublin: The Green of St Stephen’s Green

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse05 Jul 2017

Every shade dances here,
In the trees marching
Towards the city,

In the grass lying thick,
In the hedges that hide
Lakes and statues,

In the undergrowth
Where birds rustle
With the restless

Ghosts of famine and Easter;
Every shade dances
On St Stephen's Green.