“Patrick’s Park was our back garden...”
Open to the public for over one hundred years, Patrick’s Park acts as a play area for the children of the Iveagh buildings, a place to rest for the weary tourist and an oasis of peace and calm for anyone who visits.
Whether you want to enjoy an ice cream on a sunny day or take your dog for a walk, this well maintained park with its lush green grass and seasonal flower beds is the perfect place. There are also several interesting sculptures here and at the eastern side there is the Literary Parade.
Dublin City Council workers Tony Douglas and John Gibbons are two of the team employed to take care of the park. What was once their childhood playground, has now become their full time occupation. Click on the links below to hear from the self proclaimed ‘Johnny Giggilioni’ and the ‘Lord Mayor of Dublin 8’.
“Lord Iveagh deserves the gratitude of all Dublin for the zeal and generosity which he has shown in connection with this undertaking, which is only one part of a vast improvement scheme now being carried out, by which the appearance of one of the most crowded and insanitary quarters of the city will be completely transformed.
A network of narrow, evil smelling, unhealthy lanes and alleys – they could not be called streets – covering an area of some nine acres, has been swept away, and on a portion of the space thus cleared a beautiful park has sprung as if by magic, and will shortly be open to the public.”
from The Irish Times, August 9th 1902
"When I die, Dublin will be written in my heart."
"We don’t stop playing because we grow old;
We grow old because we stop playing."
"Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others."
A Bird Market has been held in this area since medieval times. Its previous home was on Canon Street - the shortest street in Dublin - which was situated just off Bride Street near Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.
The present day Bird Market is held on Peter Street every Sunday morning. Traders young and old meet up to admire the birds, swap breeding tips, and maybe make a quick sale. Listen to what one of the new generation of bird traders Gareth Stark Crowley has to say: