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Blackrock Park, Dublin

I used to pass this park heading southside of dublin, on towards Wicklow and beyond. I’d only ever seen the wee little island house from the roadside, but I never  took the time to go in. Sunday [28/02/10] I did just that.

According to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Councils Website:

A formal Victorian park was thus developed which became the responsibility of the newly formed Corporation of Dun Laoghaire in 1930, and in turn of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council in 1994.

I had this image in my head of the John Lennon video where he and Yoko row out to the little boat house and play the big white piano….. I was sorely mistaken.

The entrance in and car park looks fine, until one realises that there exists car parking charges Monday to Friday 8am – 7pm …. I’m guessing the park and playground is empty mid week.

I walked passed the GAA like sculpt and through the park… What I saw was an absolute disgrace. Graffiti on the memorial plaque, graffiti on the martello tower, the island house…. graffiti everywhere. The bandstand area was flooded and yes more graffiti on that too.

The planting: although there was evidence of works being done in cutting plants back and some new rose beds planted…. the parts that were in need of serious attention well out weighed the possible good work that was being done. The place simply looks neglected. And if The War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge can show pristine…. this parks department has no excuse.

On a positive, the new playground area was being used. The overall layout is good and the walking/ cycle paths were being used. That said on a Sunday day where I could not find any parking in Dalkey or Dun Laoighre…. there were maybe three cars in this car park.

This is one of the worst parks I have ever visited and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council should be ashamed…. and before any heirarchy even dream of speaking…. it take two minutes to clean a memorial plaque.

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the NMTT gardeners family weekend line up

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Have you read all about the event thats taking place this weekend at The National Garden Exhibition Centre. The one you have been donating to so kindly so you can have some peace and quiet in Ireland for a little 😆

Here’s how you get there

By DART
get the DART to bray and then Dublin Bus 184 from outside the DART station you will need to hop off at Burtons 4×4 garage and from there a 3 minute walk [approx] will bring you to Kilquade Church which is directly opposite the Garden Exhibition Centre.

By Bus
Bus Eireann bus number 133 from the City Centre will leave you a 1 mile walk away from the National Garden Exhibition Centre

By Car/ motorbike/ bicycle/ very long walk
If you  have a sat nav here are the co ordinates to the Garden Exhibition Centre.
53.111132,-6.090202

map to garden exhibition centre

map to garden exhibition centre

If you don’t have satellite navigation. Here are the directions. I took them with Dublin Airport as the starting point.

If you don’t live in Dublin Airport 😉 Just click here and add in your own place of departure. Time from Dublin Airport is about 41 minutes by car.

Dublin Airport
Co. Fingal, Ireland
1. Head south toward Swords Rd
75 m
2. Continue straight
0.3 km
3. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit
0.5 km
4. Slight left at Dublin Rd

Go through 1 roundabout
0.9 km
5. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto the M1 ramp
0.7 km
6. Merge onto M1
1.1 km
7. At junction 1, take the M50 exit to N81/N4/N11/N3/N7/N2
0.4 km
8. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto M50

Partial toll road
38.8 km
9. Continue on M11
3.7 km
10. Continue on N11
10.7 km
11. Turn left toward New Russian Village (signs for Cill Chomhaid/Kilquade)
0.8 km
12. Slight right at New Russian Village

Destination will be on the right
0.3 km
National Garden Exhibition Centre

If you can’t go – maybe you know someone who can or who could help out on the day. You can make an online donation securely [click here]. Or if you have a blog/ a twitter/ a FB/ a newspaper/ a radio –  you could repost this – it really is so very much appreciated :)

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free events at the new eco-shop

I’m a huge fan of the eco shop in Wicklow and recently I got an email from Bryonny letting me know of their new centre and the really cool events.

They have moved to a beautiful premises at the Meridian Centre in Greystones.  With that in mind a series of free Saturday seminars [informal and will last about 1.5 hours] to share expertise and answer questions have been organised with some very interesting speakers [they’ve also got a really nice upstairs].

If you’re passing by – drop in and tell the Jane and her team I said hello 😉