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MERRION SQUARE PARK

Merrion Square is one of five Georgian squares in Dublin. The construction of the square began in 1762 and continued for 30 years. The earliest plan of the park shows a double line of trees around the perimeter which was later enclosed by railings in the early years of the 19th century. A ‘Jardin Anglaise’ approach was adopted for the layout of the park with contoured grass areas, informal tree clumps, sunken curved paths and perimeter planting.


Merrion Square soon became a fashionable address for the aristocracy and the professional classes. The park was purchased from the Pembroke Estate by the Roman Catholic Church in 1930 for £100,000 as a site for a cathedral. However this project never materialised and in 1974 the then archbishop, Dermot Ryan, transferred the park to Dublin City Council for use as a public park. What was once the preserve of local priviledged keyholders is now a public park to match the best in
Europe.

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