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St Annes Park. Rose Festival 2013. Dublin

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Sunday just gone I spent the day at St Anne’s Park, Raheny at The 2013 Rose Festival. Without Question it was brilliant to see so many families out and about laughing in the sunshine. And ice creams and what not. And fair to say my family had a ball. And it was free including parking. And all credit to Dublin City Council for throwing a really well organised event.

That aside and this not really being the place were family occasions are reviewed, I’m gonna skip straight to the headline act within the gardens. And in short they were shite.

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Urban Living in Dublin City 2011

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Urban Living in Dublin City took place Sunday past June 26th 2011.

As part of four plus other ‘acts’…. you read correctly, my two sessions took place just after the amazing knife and fire wielding Johnny d’Juggler and the bed of nails finalé act that are The Other Brothers. Tough acts to follow ? You’d better believe it ! But, I loved it. Every single second.

Not the usual set list my name tends to appear within, but my stay there… was to make gardening, fun and entertaining to the crowds that attended. Exactly as gardening should be, for children and for adults.

I worked with the children and with help from the taller people, we created and arranged and spoke about plants and gardening and caring for the plants that will make our homes and Dublin look that little prettier. The smallers funnily enough better behaved that the tallers at times [I jest]. From a children working with plants perspective, en mass, it was something really brilliant, truly amazing  and absolutely wonderful to witness.

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Even more brilliant than this wonderful gardener though lay a bigger theme. The press release noted that:

This vibrant event maximises the use of Wolfe Tone Park, a key Dublin City public space in the heart of the Capital by animating it and transforming the space into a creative hub where visitors can relax, learn and be entertained by an engaging programme of music, circus and gardening workshops.

I arrived just after 9am at Wolfe Tone Park – I took the second half of this video just as the day came to a close. A slight bit of a difference, for the better and more importantly as was the gigs intention.

The press release had also suggested that you might…

…..dine al fresco in the open air picnic area?

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I’m of the thinking that the lovely people of DTE Events and Dublin City Council pretty well achieved what they set out to do.

Gráinne Walker of DTE spoke about the behind the scenes of the event on Fridays SodShow. To listen, press play, wait for it to load and then press the little green button below….

NB: I’ve posted some more images over on facebook. To the many wonderful people I met throughout the day – Thank You so very much. It was an honour.

Contact me – you can do so in the following ways

Urban Living In Dublin City

Urban Living, Animating Our Civic spaces12pm to 6pm, [This] Sunday 26th JuneWolfe Tone Park, Jervis Street, Dublin

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For the last few years I’ve been involved with a gig called ‘Urban Garden’. In short, it’s based somewhere in Dublin City Centre and the gist of it is… well, my take on it anyway, is that it’s about brightening up a specific part of Dublin City Centre and making it something even more beautiful.

The last year I did the gig, I made a recycled garden…. It started with this….

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But this year, I’m going back to how it all started doing some really easy garden demonstrations and chats to help you brighten up your little space outside…. the press release [below] has all the details and more on the day.

To my bit…. If you have a wee balcony, a window ledge or just one or three pots you like to call your garden…. or maybe you wish to pretty up your existing space…. If you are in the city, drop on by and say hello. Did I tell you it’s also free, all courtesy of Dublin City Council. Should be a bit of craic. Always is. I’ll look forward to seeing you 😀

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For the Ulysses fanatics who prefer their directions by Dublin pubs… it’s just at the back of The Church [the Pub version]. For the shopaholics, it’s the space just opposite the Jervis Street car park.

The Official Blurb

Dublin City Council, as part of their SUMMER IN DUBLIN programme of events and in association with Down To Earth Theatre Company are delighted to announce a FREE fun filled family event – URBAN LIVING on Sunday, June 26th , an interactive event which animates an urban space in the City Centre through performance and colour.

This vibrant event maximises the use of Wolfe Tone Park, a key Dublin City public space in the heart of the Capital by animating it and transforming the space into a creative hub where visitors can relax, learn and be entertained by an engaging programme of music, circus and gardening workshops.

Ireland’s top Circus performers JOHNNY ‘D JUGGLER and THE OTHER BROTHERS, walk in Circus workshops, stilt walkers, face painting and a 24 piece Barbershop Troupe – Blue Heaven will engage and entertain audiences young and old.

The innovative, award winning landscape gardener Peter Donegan will preside over gardening demonstrations, sharing his thoughts and ideas on how to get the best out of our urban spaces including using quirky recycled household objects!

Naturally Wild’s, Dale Treadwell engages with young people as he looks at the different wildlife that enter our urban habitats with his highly entertaining show LIFE IN YOUR OWN BACK GARDEN.

Market stalls, trading in hot and cold foods, delicacies and confectionary will also be in Wolfe Tone Park – so why not dine al fresco in the open air picnic area?

Urban Living will take over Wolfe Tone Park, Sunday 26th June from 12 – 6pm, a FREE event not to be missed! Urban Living is brought to you by Dublin City Council as part of their SUMMER IN DUBLIN programme of events.

For more information on URBAN LIVING please contact Grainne or Shane on 01 4089750, check out our web page www.dteinc.ie or http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=153440944725027 and for information on SUMMER IN DUBLIN check out the Dublin City Council website www.dublincity.ie

Urban Living, 12pm – 6pm, Sunday 26th June, Wolfe Tone Park, Jervis Street, Dublin

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Dublin City’s Historic Parks – Lunchtime Lectures

I thought this maybe of interest to some….. A new series of City Hall Lunch-Time Lectures will begin on Tuesday 12 April, as follows:

Title: Dublin City’s Historic Parks:
Venue: Council Chamber, City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2

Tuesday 12 April 2011

  • Topic: Dublin City’s Historic Parks: Recent history and developments
  • Speaker: Gerry Barry, Parks Superintendent, Dublin City Council

Tuesday 19 April 2011

  • St. Anne’s: From Guinness Estate to Public Park
  • Joan Ussher Sharkey, Local Historian and Genealogist

Tuesday 26 April 2011

  • St. Patrick’s Blue to Harold’s Cross Green: The Hidden History of Harold’s Cross Park
  • Dr. Raymond Refausse, Librarian and Archivist, Church of Ireland

Admission free: all welcome.

Talks begin at 1.10 and end at 1.50

Many thanks to Mick Hanley of Dublin City Fm.

Mountjoy Square Park

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According to the Dublin City Council’s website:

Located in the centre of Mountjoy Square, once Dublin’s premier Georgian area, and comprising 1.8 hectares, this park was originally created by the Developer of the Square, Luke Gardiner, Lord Mountjoy around 1800, as part of his grand concept which envisaged the great sweep of Gardiner Street down to the Custom House.

While the Square was upgraded in the late 1980’s, its full potential as a Georgian Park must await the relocation of the existing all-weather sports area currently under active consideration by the City Council.

Funny thing is, I don’t know where the pitch or the people who use it would/ could go if the all weather pitch was relocated, that is assuming the park is for the people. That said, I would also like to see it returned to its original concept. But then that’s all very good for me to say. Either or I like the park, although there are bits of it I simply just didn’t get. That said I was happy to be there and enjoyed my stroll. Sincerely.

I didn’t like the fact that the gates weren’t open on all sides and the Dublin Bikes Scheme stand was empty. The pottery around some of the trees baffled me but then that was balanced by some new planting and what appears to be a corner of the park for leaf mulch. The play ground was being used when I was there. The more junior nippers were in one area whilst the not so juniors were in the one next to it. The people were friendly and as tourists watched with maps from outside one Mom explained to me how the electronic dance game worked with a quick Mother Daughter demonstration.

I liked the rambling paths. The sculpt in the middle made me walk up to it… but I’ve no idea what it represents. Sometimes it’s better that way. I liked the piles of raked leaves and wanted to kick them everywhere…. the trees were all pruned and crown raised above head height so one could see everywhere from anywhere in the park. I saw wallflowers freshly planted and the hedges nicely cut screened the football area.

The park does need some extra added attention in no specific area and it seems, at this moment there’s a bit of everything there, which is good, but aesthetically it doesn’t do it justice. That said, I’d be quite proud to have this park on my doorstep.

Wikipedia gives some really interesting facts on Mountjoy Square

Mountjoy Square (Irish: Cearnóg Mhuinseo), one of five Georgian squares in Dublin, Ireland, lies on the north side of the city just under a kilometre from the River Liffey. Planned and developed in the late 18th century by the second Luke Gardiner, then Viscount Mountjoy, the square is surrounded on all sides by individual terraced, red-brick Georgian houses. Construction began in the early 1790s and the work was completed in 1818

Mountjoy can boast being Dublin’s only true Georgian square, each of its sides being exactly 140 metres in length. While the North, East and West sides each have 18 houses, the South has 19, reflecting some variation in plot sizes. Though each side was originally numbered individually, the houses are now numbered continuously clockwise from no. 1 in the north-west corner. While its North and South sides are continuous from corner to corner, the East and West sides are in three terraces, interrupted by two side streets, Grenville Street and Gardiner Place to the West and Fitzgibbon and North Great Charles Street to the East. Gardiner Street passes through the West side of the square, while Belvidere Place and Gardiner Lane run off the North- and South-East corners.

Although some of the original buildings fell to ruin over the 20th century, replicas have been built in their place, so the square still maintains its consistent Georgian façade.

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