As a South African with a very real interest in history this structure in the heart of Dublin has special meaning. The Arch was erected to commemorate the Fusiliers who fought on the side of the Brits in the Second Boer War. However, not all in Ireland were too fond of that participation.
On the other hand… there were many Irish who fought alongside the Boers. Yes, you could say brother was fighting brother… in a far away land! That anti Brit sentiment resulted in the arch acquiring an alternate name… Traitor’s Gate! Please click on the link provided here… you will really enjoy the read! They share the history rather well… (The link leads to a very popular Dublin blog… Come Here To Me. I don’t necessarily agree with all the sentiments expressed by the authors but that does not stop me from saying they do a great job in sharing Dublin history.)