FRIDAY 5 MAY 2023
Wolfe Tone Park reopened almost a year ago [16 May 2022] following major 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. Note: It has become much greener since May 2022.
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.
The 1902 tram was originally built in Philadelphia but spent much its working life in Lisbon before being purchased by a museum in Wales. In 2008 the body of the tram was shipped to Ireland [a farm in Cavan]. Visit www.swissitalianpaddlesteamers.com/lcbtramsoc/no305-sold…. if you are interested in the history of this tram.