Restoring Palmerston Park Water Feature to its former glory

On Friday 6th November 2015 at 12.30pm, an tArdmhéara, Críona Ní Dhálaigh will unveil a plaque to officially mark the completion of the restoration of the Pond and Water Feature in Palmerston Park, Dublin 6.

Palmerston Park is a fine example of a late Victorian municipal park surrounded by red brick Victorian villas which add to the architectural character of the park.  It was designed in 1891 by renowned landscape architect William Sheppard, and it still retains this layout today.   The park contains many mature deciduous and evergreen trees dating from the original 1891 planting.  The pond, waterfall and rockery are impressive and unique feature of this park.  

An tArdmhéara, Críona Ní Dhálaigh praised the newly restored pond saying, “I congratulate all involved in this project which brings renewed life and interest to Palmerston Park.  I am heartened to see that this wonderful historic city park is being conserved and enhanced, ensuring a beautiful vibrant setting for not only the local  residents but for all visitors to this area.  Tréaslaím leo siúd ar fad a bhí bainteach leis an tionscnamh athchóirithe seo, togra athbheochana a léiríonn dúil agus a mhúsclaíonn suim arís i bPáirc Bhaile Phámar”. 
Leslie Moore, Dublin City Council Park Superintendent said, “The restoration of the water feature within Palmerston Park has been well received by the local community and visitors alike. This park is a fine example of Dublin City Council’s ongoing programme of enhancement and restoration of our historic parks. Many challenges lie ahead including maintaining a high level of service to the many visitors to our city parks but there are also many exciting new possibilities”


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Notes to the Editor

Palmerston Park restoration work was project managed by Michael Noonan, Dublin City Council Park Services.  The civil and engineering works were designed by Fergal McNamara, Howley Hayes Architects design team. The restoration work was implemented by Eugene Tools of Westside Civil Engineering. The planting of the rockery was designed and implemented by Parks Services, including Dublin City Council gardening staff Ross Styles and Patrick Considine.

The works included carrying out repairs to the waterfall structure, waterproofing the pond, restoration of the stonework around the pond, installing a water circulation pump and associated electrics, clearing overgrown vegetation and replanting the rockery.

Background Notes
Palmerston Park is located in Dartry and close to Rathmines village. The area once formed part of the demesne of Rathmines Castle, which dates from the sixteenth century.
The Battle of Rathmines was fought in the vicinity of the castle between Royalist and Commonwealth troops during the seventeenth century

The castle was removed in the mid nineteenth century when the area was laid out with fine red brick villas. These building exist today as fine examples of Victorian Residential Architecture.