Today I visited the Laughanstown Area of Dublin and used my new Voigtlander 40mm lens to photograph a number of historic sites nearby.
I am willing to bet than most Dubliners do not know of this place or that if they see the name they will assume that it is a misspelling of Loughlinstown [which is nearby]. To add to the confusion the tram stop is Laughanstown but the laneway leading to Tully Church is Lehaunstown.
For a number of years the area has been in the process of being re-developed on a massive scale but the development has stalled a number of times.
Tully Park, a major element of the current redevelopment programme, is located at the centre of the Cherrywood development, and the park itself is centred on the ruins of the Tully Church and Graveyard. When completed, Tully Park will be 22 acres in size, roughly the same as Dublin’s St. Stephen’s Green Park.
Being the flagship park of Cherrywood, Tully Park will serve as a facility for the entire development, containing everyday walking and cycling routes and providing environmentally-positive connections.
According to the original plans Lehaunstown Lane and the existing hedgerows and tree lines will divide Tully Park naturally into four zones:
A Heritage Zone with Tully Church & Graveyard, High Crosses and their environs, with paths to explore the monuments.
A Biodiversity Zone with lots of native wildflowers, shrubs, trees and informal paths to wander.
A Play Zone which includes a large play area for kids, a skate park and an amphitheater area for open-air plays or performances.
A Passive Zone with lawns, meadows and wooded areas make up the majority here, with winding paths and seating areas.
My understanding is that there will be two other parks as described below:
Ticknick Park - Intended to provide more formal recreational amenities, Ticknick Park will have 5 pitches for field sports , with paths and walking routes around the perimeter for jogging and training. Existing mature trees and hedgerows will be protected and retained, with discreet car parking adjacent to the playing areas.
This is a substantial park area, offering the potential for an urban farm, allotments, orchards, woodland areas, cycle tracks and much more, given Ticknick Park will be comparable in scale to Dublin’s Marlay Park.
Views from the park will take in the Dublin Mountains, Ballycorus Lead Mines, Dublin Bay and Killiney Bay, from Poolbeg to Bray Head and as far as Howth.
Ticknick Park will include:
5 multi-use grass playing pitches
‘Greenway’ route continuation into the park to provide prioritised pedestrian and cyclist access
Jogging & Walking Paths
Connecting paths to The Dublin Mountain Way hiking routes
Car & Bicycle Parking
Beckett Park - Beckett Park is envisioned to be a multi-use space, mixing formal and informal recreation. The wealth of amenities will be complimented by pathways, benches and landscaped biodiversity.
Beckett Park will be enclosed and secure, with the potential for shared use of the sports resources with Cherrywood’s schools, 2 of which are adjacent to the park.
Beckett Park will have an abundance of amenities including:
All Weather Sports Pitch
Paths & Jogging Tracks
Sports Pavilion with Green Roof and café and terrace
Multi-Use Games Area
The park will provide a visually and spatially exciting place and an intensive and active space, which will enhance the quality of life for future residents.