ST. AUDOEN'S PUBLIC PARK

ST. AUDOEN'S PUBLIC PARK

I purchased a Sony A7RII because I believed that I could, using an adapter, use my collection of Canon lenses but unfortunately things did not go well. When I got the Sony A7RIII the adapted lenses worked better with a Metabones adapter but in reality the combination did not work to my satisfaction so I sold all my Cannon lenses and decided to buy native Sony lenses. Late last year Sigma released a number of Sony E-Mount lens but in reality they were SLR lends with adapters added. I purchased a Sigma 105mm and a Sigma 14mm and they worked very well but today the Sigma 14mm started to give the same sort of problems that I had with adapted lenses - the camera freezes ever 10-20 images and I also get messages advising that the lens is not compatible.

A number of recently uncovered archaeological features have been incorporated into the paths through the park including stone setts of a former laneway that ran through the area called Keysers Lane, medieval cobbles and some Georgian-era paving tiles. The park has also been well planted and now includes a number of interactive sound-based installations for children, as well as a new memorial water feature, recalling the children who lost their lives in the events of Easter 1916. The park is also lit at night.

About two months ago I visited this park with a friend who has a negative view of life and everything associated with life and he totally disliked the park complaining that it was fake and not a true representation of the real Dublin. I totally disagreed with him and I was a bit surprised by his claim that the park was created as recently as the 1980s and that it was always a magnet for anti-social activity.

It turns out that my friend is correct about it being a new park but in my opinion that is not important as the area features some of the city’s oldest surviving structures including the most substantial section of the 12th century city walls and the atmospheric St Audoen’s Gate, and the medieval parish church of St Audoen – Dublin’s oldest church in continuous use.

Unfortunately he is, in general, correct about anti-social activity because many parks in the city had been closed to the public for extended periods as the City Council was unwilling to deal with the problems as they arose. However, to be fair, they do appear to have adopted a different approach recently - a few years ago they re-opened the Croppies' Acre and that project has been a success. A few months ago they re-opened the Peace Park on Nicholas Street across the road from Christ Church Cathedral and in March of this year the remodelled St Audoen’s Park at High Street was officially unveiled by Lord Mayor of Dublin Cllr Nial Ring at a ceremony on 14th March.