I like this park but when I visited in September  there were some evidence of anti-social behaviour and I suspect that at least one of the chainshaw sculptures has been vandalised.
The Peoples' Park is a park located by Pery Square in Limerick, just west of the railway station and bus terminal.
The Park boasts a number of interesting items including a memorial upon a giant pillar to Thomas Spring Rice, MP for the city of Limerick from 1820 - 1832, a 19th-century Bandstand, an ornate drinking fountain (which I really like) and two gazebos.
The park was forced to close for two weeks in February 2014 after Storm Darwin destroyed or badly damaged nineteen trees.
Of the nineteen one was especially important as it was both old and rare. The ornamental tree known as a ‘Tetradium Danielli” was about 80 or 90 years old. It is also referred to as a Bee Bee tree because it's late summer flowers attract very large numbers of bees. The park supervisor decided that it would be a good idea to invite Zambian woodcarver Paradazi Havatyitye to carve three bees in the remaining stump. The park now features a number of 'chainsaw sculptures'.
The Russell Memorial Fountain was originally erected in 1877 to mark the gratitude of Limerick for Richard Russell, a highly regarded employer. The official unveiling of the restored fountain, which was attended by some one hundred people, was undertaken by the mayor of Limerick, Kevin Kiely. The marker is not 100% accurate as the fountain is slightly to the right on the map.
Standing in the middle of this quiet leafy square, the monument gives a sense of the aspiration of grandeur of the newly fashionable part of Limerick as well as serving as a memorial to the influential Thomas Spring Rice. Spring Rice (1791-1866) was still alive, in his late thirties, an MP for the city, with a government post, and a landowner in County Limerick.
He was extremely popular in the city. He was later 1st Baron Monteagle of Brandon, County Kerry. His initial election as MP in 1820 had involved the triumph of the Independent party, which represented the merchant interest and it broke a well established, conservative oligarchy that had dominated Limerick politics for many years. His supporters were involved in the building of Newtown Pery and it was fitting that his monument should have a prominent place in the new town.
The statue was erected in 1829 by the Barrington family, who invested heavily in this part of the city and who anticipated further expansion, which was never realised. The renowned sculptor Thomas Kirk carved the statue. The statue was placed on top of the monument designed by Henry Aaron Baker in 1826.
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