St. Kevin's Park
St Kevin's Park is on the Southside of the city centre on Camden Row, off Wexford Street. The park contains the ruins of a church and a graveyard.
10:00 – 21:30
|Monday||10:00 – 21:30|
|Tuesday||10:00 – 21:30|
|Wednesday||10:00 – 21:30|
|Thursday||10:00 – 21:30|
|Friday||10:00 – 21:30|
|Saturday||10:00 – 21:30|
|Sunday||10:00 – 21:30|
|January||10:00 - 17:00|
|February||10:00 - 17:30|
|March||10:00 - 18:30 before clocks go forward
10:00 - 19:30 after clocks go forward
|April||10:00 - 20:30|
|May||10:00 - 21:30|
|June and July||10:00 - 22:00|
|August||10:00 - 21:30|
|September||10:00 - 20:30|
|October||10:00 - 19:30 before clocks go back
10:00 - 18:30 after clocks go back
|November||10:00 - 17:30|
|December||10:00 - 17:00|
Some parks with a large number of gates will start to close half an hour before the above times to allow enough time for all gates to be closed at the designated hour.
The church that St Kevin's Park surrounds dates from around 1780 but there has probably been a church on the site since pre-Norman times. The site was used as a burial ground for centuries, Archbishop Dermot O'Hurley was buried there after being executed for treason in the 16th Century.
The site was developed as a local park in the 1960s and was officially opened in 1971. Before it was opened as a public park, all of the gravestones were catalogued and most were removed from their original location and placed upright along the boundary walls.
St. Kevin's is a haven for wildlife. The park is home to at least 19 species of birds including robins, wrens, blue tits, blackbirds, magpies and wood pigeons as well as mammals like hedgehogs, foxes, grey squirrels, ducks, wood mice and brown rats.
This wildlife is supported by the environment of the park including grassland, flower beds and borders, stonework and buildings. The native ivy that grows on the walls of the church and boundary walls is particularly valuable for wildlife, providing nesting sites year-round and nectar for bees, butterflies and wasps. Three species of bat have also been recorded in the park, these are the Leisler's bat, the common pipistrelle and the soprano pipistrelle. These bats are likely to use the ivy as a summer roost.
8 Camden Row