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Merrion Square Park

Address: Merrion Square, Dublin 2.
Phone: 01-6612369
Area: Southeast
Category: Georgian and other squares
Enquiries: (01)222 5278 or parks@dublincity.ie

Facilities

  • Oscar Wilde Sculpture
  • Performances and Events during the year 
  • Floral Schemes and Tree Planting
  • Historical
  • Leisure Walks
  • Playground
  • River Pool Sea


The construction of the Georgian houses at Merrion 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 4.75 hectares (11.7 acres) to Dublin Corporation for use a public park.

Notable features of the park include many fine sculptures; the Rutland Memorial; a collection of old Dublin lamp posts; a central floral garden; heather garden and playground.  What was once the preserve of local privileged keyholders is now a public park to match the best in Europe and a successful adaptation of a typical Georgian Square to modern intensive public usage.

Please click here to read a booklet on the Park published by Parks and Landscapes Services, Dublin City Council in 2002.

Upgrading of Merrion Square Park Playground:

As part of Park Services works programme  it is proposed to upgrade the playground in Merrion Square Park. The upgrading has now been procured and it is proposed to undertake the upgrading  commencing late February/ early March 1014 with an anticipated  six to eight week build period.

Park Services  welcome the co-operation of the public during the  construction phase of the works and apologise for any inconvenience caused  during  this stage.

If you have any queries please contact Park Services at e-mail: parks@dublincity.ie

Artwork to Commemorate Ireland’s Presidency of the EU, 2013

‘The Touring Tama’ by Artist Miriam Mc Connon, born Dublin 1977, now living in Cyprus visited Merrion Square Park for two weeks from 14th June 2013. A commemorative plaque is being placed to mark the occasion. Read more here.

For more information

Parks & Landscapes Services Division
Block 4, Ground Floor,
Civic Offices,
Fishamble Street
Dublin 2

Enquiries: (01) 222 5278