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WOLFE TONE PARK REOPENED 16 MAY 2022NOW A GREEN SPACE

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Wolfe Tone Park reopened yesterday [16 May 2022] following recent works by Dublin City Council. It is described as a "green space" but I advise you to visit and decide for yourself but there is no doubt that it is an improvement but I am waiting for the bronze cow to return.

As already mentioned in previous posts the park was closed during the pandemic and the the Parks, Biodiversity and Landscape Services team took the opportunity to restore it to a green space.

The park is the site of a graveyard that was attached to St. Mary's Church, and is named for Theobald Wolfe Tone (1763–1798), who was baptised in the church. The graveyard was deconsecrated in 1966 and laid out as a green park. From 1998 to 2001, Dublin City Council redeveloped the park as an "urban plaza".

From the 1960s to the 1990s, the site operated as a "green space", maintained by Dublin City Council. In 1998, the council held a competition to redesign the park, which was won by Peter Cody of Boyd Cody Architects. The updated layout, in the form of an "urban plaza", was completed in 2001. After the square's layout was changed, it was made available by Dublin City Council for events, including the Dublin Fringe Festival. Over the years I began to notice an increase in anti-social behaviour which lead to a campaign from local residents to restore "Wolfe Tone Park as a non-commercial green space. There was an ongoing debate for many years in the council as to the future use of the park. Ultimately the park was closed between 2020 and 2022, and Dublin City Council redeveloped and restored it to a green space.

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