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he one kilometre long Avenue of specimen trees on the western section of the park, with its distant views of the Dublin mountains, has two dedicated picnic areas and access for all is an integral part of the scheme. The Avenue commemorates the significant events in Irish history that took place between 1912 and 1922. This period was one of the most eventful in Ireland's history, from the campaign for Home Rule, through World War One and the Easter Rising of 1916, to the foundation of the Free State. Commissioner John McMahon supported the concept of the Avenue, "The avenue will be a permanent living memorial to the seismic events of the period 1912-1922 in Ireland and elsewhere".

Check www.phoenixpark.ie for further information on the Phoenix Park and Visitor Centre.

Facing page: Commemorative Avenue showing Phoenix Park Staff and OPW Commissioner John McMahon planting one of the 146 trees on the Avenue in Phoenix Park. Top: Estimated growth pattern of trees over 100 years. Centre: Tree planting event for children. Right: Phoenix Park Visitors Centre with Ashtown Castle in background, situated in the centre part of the Phoenix Park.

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