Public Spaces

Blessington Street Basin, Phibsborough

Blessington Street Basin was built in the nineteenth century to provide a clean water supply to the northside of Dublin city. It was opened in 1810 and officially named the Royal George Reservoir, but most Dubliners simply referred to it as 'the basin'. The basin could hold four million gallons of water and it got its water from Lough Owel in Co. Westmeath. Now the basin is a public park with a fountain and a bird sanctuary on its central island.

Pearse Square

If you walk along Pearse Street today, you will come to a lovely park called Pearse Square, but 300 years ago, you would have needed a boat to get to it because it was underwater!

Royal Dublin Society, Ballsbridge

In 1731 a man called Thomas Prior formed a group called the Dublin Society to try to help farming and industry in Ireland. From 1815 until 1923 the RDS was situated in Leinster House, which currently houses the Dáil. In 1923 Leinster House was sold to the Government and the RDS moved to its current location in Ballsbridge

Merrion Pier and Baths, Sandymount

Merrion Pier and Baths in Sandymount used to be a big attraction for Dubliners. The pier and outdoor sea water baths opened on 28 July 1883.