I have never been able to gain access to this park and I waited until I knew more about this park before publishing these photographs which date from the 16th. April 2021. I also had problems processing the photographs as there was excessive lens flare.
Not long after I visited it was reported that local residents have demanded to know why a religious order which uses public resources to maintain a park in Dublin city centre has refuse to open the grounds to the public.
The Four Masters Park in front of the Mater Hospital in Dublin 7 is owned by the Sisters of Mercy. However, Dublin City Council maintains and landscapes the green area. Despite public money being used for the upkeep of the grounds, the gates of the park are padlocked shut.
The park commemorates the Annals of the Four Masters and it features a high cross memorial which was commissioned by Sir William Wilde and executed by James Cahill. Many accounts indicate that the high cross was given by the Sisters of Mercy for the benefit of the local community which does not make a lot of sense if the park is closed to the public.
Apparently there was a plan for a new Metro Service to use much of the park for access to a new railway station which was built under the nearby Mater Hospital. €20 million was spent on installing a station box beneath a new section of the hospital. The Metro North enabling works were completed in 2013 under the Mater Whitty Building by BAM Contractors Ltd on behalf of the Railway Procurement Agency.
FOUR MASTERS PARK
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