Éamonn Ceannt was one of the seven signatories of the 1916 Proclamation, which declared the Irish Republic. During the 1916 Rising, he was Commandant of the 4th Battalion Irish Volunteers at the South Dublin Union.
This garden, which is planted with native trees and shrubs, was officially unveiled on 21 September 2016. A deciduous shrub, genista hispanica (Spanish gorse or furze) is planted in the Éamonn Ceannt plot at the back of the garden. An ‘s’-shaped limestone wall runs through the centre of the garden.
At the end nearest to the entrance to the garden is a deciduous mountain ash tree – symbolising Ceannt’s birth in Ballymoe on 21 September 1881. This produces yellow berries in the autumn, as the green leaves change to red/orange. The tree at the far end of the wall is a May bush, so named because it flowers in May. This represents his death by execution at Kilmainham Gaol on 8 May 1916, aged 34.
Developed by: Galway County Council, in partnership with the Heritage Research Group at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT).
Bibliography: McCarthy, Mark, Mannion, Marie & Wrynn, Shirley (Eds), Galway County 1916 Rising Heritage Trail: Go Explore the Historic Sites & Memorials (Galway County Council & GMIT, Galway, 2017).
GPS coordinates: Dr Mark McCarthy, GMIT.
Webmaster for digital heritage initiative: Hilary Kiely, GMIT.