Croppies Acre 1798 Memorial Park Opens to the Public

On Tuesday, 14th June at 2:00 p.m., an tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh will cut a ribbon to officially open the Croppies Acre 1798 Memorial Park, Wolfe Tone Quay, Dublin 7 to the public.

Speaking at the opening of the park an tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh said “I am delighted to officially open this park to the public. It will be a wonderful amenity for the local residents and the people of Dublin city and I look forward to seeing it being used for passive and active recreation. Tá lúcháir orm go bhfuil an pháirc seo, Acra na gCraipithe, ar fáil don phobal arís.”

Following discussions in 2013 with the Office of Public Works it was agreed that the management of the 4.3 acre Park would transfer from the Office of Public Works to Dublin City Council.

Dublin City Council’s Parks and Landscape Services have carried out an extensive works programme to upgrade the park and make it more accessible for the citizens of Dublin and visitors to the city.

Leslie Moore, City Park Superintendent commented “I think this event today is an example of the positive cooperation between the Office of Public Works and Dublin City Council which will benefit the local population and visitors to the city. I would like to thank all involved in making what is essentially a new park available to the people of Dublin.”

The works include a new circulatory path system, upgrading of the existing pedestrian gates and the provision of a new pedestrian gate at the south west end of the park. Existing memorial structures have been upgraded and general landscape improvement works have been carried out. The total cost of the works, were in the order of €120,000.

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Notes to the Editor

The name ‘Croppy’ was used in Ireland in the 1790s and was a reference to the rebels who closely cropped their hair to mimic the French Revolutionaries of the period who cut their hair in contrast to the aristocracy who wore powdered wigs.

Historically the Croppies Acre was located on land under common pasturage and part of what was termed ‘Oxmantown Green’.

In the 17th century, a portion was later presented to the Viceroy, the Duke of Ormond to build a palace, however this was never built and the site was sold to the City Authorities for a Barracks. Built in 1704, it served as a military base for 250 years, it was formally the Royal Barracks and later Collins Barracks.

The Esplanade where the Croppies Acre is located today was fully constructed by the 1850s, complete with boundary walls and ornate railings. During the Great Famine, the Esplanade was the site of a food kitchen. By the 1900s, the land was levelled to form two football pitches for the military. In 1997, the Decorative Arts Section of the National Museum was opened in Collins Barracks and the Memorial Park was subsequently designed and laid out in 1998.

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