A seated group observe the opening of the Royal Fusiliers Memorial Arch at Steven’s Green, Dublin. The arch is a monument which forms part of the Grafton Street entrance to St Stephen’s Green park, in Dublin, Ireland. It was dedicated to the officers, non-commissioned officers and enlisted men of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers who fought and died in the Second Boer War (1899-1902).
The construction of the arch coincided with a time of political and social change in Ireland, and the colonial and imperial background to the dedication were anthema to a burgeoning nationalist movement – hence the arch’s commonly known label of “Traitor’s Gate”. Though damaged in a cross-fire between the Irish Citizens Army and British troops during the 1916 Easter Rising, the arch remains one of the few colonialist monuments in Dublin that was not destroyed during the fight for Irish independence.