The area at the base of Shandon Street, next to the North Gate Bridge, is known as Brown’s Square. It was created in the late 1760s by the demolition of small houses and shops in front of a house owned by a Mr Brown. An RIC Station was based in this square in the late nineteenth century.

The original Dunscombe fountain, cast in the George Smith & Company Sun Foundry in Glasgow in the late nineteenth century and given to Cork Corporation in April 1883, was removed in the early twentieth century. Another fountain was constructed in Brown's Square in the 1980s as part of the Cork 800 celebrations in 1985 but unfortunately this fountain was also removed in 2003 before the 2004 remodelling of the area as part of the Shandon renewal scheme.
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