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Known as the Rutland Square in the 18th-century, it was re-christened as Parnell Square after Charles Stewart Parnell, one of Ireland's prominent sons who was part of the Irish independence revolution. It is a traditional Georgian square and many a Dubliner has been born on the Rotunda Hospital
(one of the main maternity hospitals of the city) which is nestled in the heart of the square. One can still get a glimpse of traditional Georgian houses on the square's east side. Some of the interesting sites near Parnell Square are the Hugh Lane Gallery
, Abbey Presbyterian Church (Findlater's Church), Dublin Writers Museum
and the James Joyce Centre
. There is also the Garden of Remembrance
, a lovely garden in memory of those who laid down their lives for freedom.