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Urban Living in Dublin City 2011

urban living dublin city 2011

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.

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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.

View more images of Mountjoy Square Park

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Dublin Bike Scheme

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I live in a small farming town called called Ballyboughal. There’s no bus service here and very little else 😉

Last week I had a meeting in Dublin City Centre. So I got a lift into Dublin City.

What happens when at about 5pm, peak traffic one hits near Sherriff Street and tries to get to Merrion Square is very little by way of movement. In fact one could nearly pull the hand brake and set up the picnic table. However if I back tracked about 2 miles I could get on a bike, for free, cycle to Merrion Square, park the bike and that’s that.

The cost for this Dublin Bike Scheme is a registration fee of €10 per annum. And assuming none of my journeys are over 30 minutes then that’s all it will cost me for the year. Realistically, unless I’m going on a back packing journey around Dublin… I can’t see any ride lasting longer than that.

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When I went to St Patricks Park last week [I had a meeting near there just before] my next meet was on Baggot Street…. I walked it. Not a problem, but the cycle would have made things, well, more efficient time wise I suppose.

There used to be a handy iphone app for all of the locations… which made it really easy to figure where was best [for you] to drop your bike back – but JC Decaux who did a deal with Dublin City Council in exchange for advertising space put a stop to that.

Anyhow, it is a great idea. It does work. And for ten bob…. one can’t really complain. Go to the Dublin Bike Scheme website, have your credit card handy and give it a whirl. It takes about 2 weeks to get your card through the post.

UPDATE:

Anthony tells me there is an iphone app from JCDecaux called ABikeNow – but – it’s really poor being very honest and terribly hard to navigate. My advice…. print out a locations map and put it in your handbag 🙂

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Garden Group Tour ***Closed***

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Unknowns to me, the lovely people of the Final Indo printed a blog article – borrowed from the blog here and over the course of the weekend – half the population of North Dublin either rang or called to my house.

UNFORTUNATELY….I am limited to 18 people. And all places for this tour filled after 3 hours. It is closed. Dúnta. Shut.

Nobody apart from those who left a comment on the landscaping weblog are permitted to attend. If you do turn up. I apologise in advance – but as I said I am limited to 18 people at a maximum.This was agreed with the parks department and is out of my control.

All details of any further Garden Group Events will be announced over my landscaping Blog – and will be put in the category Garden Group

Beir Bua

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