MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK




Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK

1800      31st August, 1801 – Charles McDaniel, of the
          Circular Road, is given the contrac...
MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK

1802 –       Design for the park interior accepted by the commissioners is by a Mr.
             Joh...
MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK
1830
       1832 - The square was opened up to residents living on roads adjoining the
       square
...
MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK
1850

  1852 - £15 spent by commission to drain the park




1860
  1866 – The game of croquet is int...
MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK
1880
  May, 1881 - Lawn tennis permited to be played under certain conditions.

  1884 - Subscribers ...
MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK
1920

  1922 – Abercrombie’s plan for Dublin proposes the
      redevelopment and transformation of M...
MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK


        1925        The next five years witness the
           introduction of hard courts and the
 ...
MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK
1940

  1940 – Day Nursery is set up in the park to cater for women working
     during the war

  19...
MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK
1990

  1990 The park is re-
       developed in 1990
       with the guidance of
       the city’s
 ...
MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK




Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK
                                        Opening Times
                 December – January            ...
MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK


• Unique as the only square Square in Dublin, each of
  its sides being exactly 140 metres in lengt...
MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK

The park is used by a variety of people. Local
  residents come to the park to use its hard
  courts...
MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK




Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK




Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK




Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK



Park, North elevation




Park, South elevation




Park, East elevation




Park, West elevation
...
MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK

                                           Park Facilities


    •    5-aside all weather football
 ...
MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK
                                             Playground




Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Tim...
MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK
                                    St. Brigid’s Day Nursery




        •    Founded in the 1940’s
 ...
MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK
                                    St. Brigid’s Day Nursery


• Original building remains with a sma...
MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK




 St. Brigid’s Day Nursery Catchment


Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O...
MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK
                                        Community Centre


                                          ...
MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK




 NICDTF Catchment


Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK
                                              Lamp Posts

                                           ...
MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK

                                                Benches




Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Ti...
MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK
                                                   Waste




                                        ...
MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK
                                             Tree Species

  •    In 1990, decaying trees
       with...
MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK
                                             Biodiversity

•    The meager variety of
     vegetation...
MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK
                                                     Art

•    Mosaic by The
     Traveller Cultural
...
Bibliography




Bowers, Moira.(1999) Dublin city parks & gardens. Dublin : Lilliput Press.
Dublin County Council (2001) T...
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  1. 1. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  2. 2. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK 1800 31st August, 1801 – Charles McDaniel, of the Circular Road, is given the contract to level the square for which he is to receive £56 17s 6d on completion of the work within eight weeks 25th November, 1801 – Petition read in the House of Commons suggesting that the square, which at that time was “nearly enclosed by a stone curb”, should be ornamented, enclosed with a railing and improved 27th November, 1801 – It is found that there are no funds to meet above expenses, but that the residents have o ered to defray the cost of the railings, by means of a rate upon themselves 30th April, 1802 – Mountjoy Square appears as a patch of wasteland and hillocks surrounded on three sides by stone-base work and curbs Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  3. 3. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK 1802 – Design for the park interior accepted by the commissioners is by a Mr. John Sutherland 1803 – All work on the square is completed by March 1803, except for planting due to budgeting problems. The park is rented for a season to grow potatoes 1805 June, 1805 – One hundred keys were made to fit the locks on the gates. The residents of Mountjoy Square were given one key per household. Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  4. 4. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK 1830 1832 - The square was opened up to residents living on roads adjoining the square 1835 – Gardeners directed by commissioners to “prevent the young gentlemen who frequent the square from playing at football, hurl or prisoner’s bar or any other game tending to injure the grass plot” 1835 – At this stage there were no seats within the park. The treasurer at the time ordered four seats, four chairs and a military marquee to be installed within the park 1836 – Grounds were opened to the general public, with an admission fee being paid 1836 – Military bands began to perform every Monday and Thursday during the summer from 3:30 to 4:30 in the afternoon 1837 – The ash tree which had been a centre piece in the park was moved to shrubbery in a corner of the park. In original plans for the park it had been planned to have a new church at the centre of the park for the St. George’s parish but it was decided that an ash tree would stand in the centre of the park Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  5. 5. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK 1850 1852 - £15 spent by commission to drain the park 1860 1866 – The game of croquet is introduced to the square. That same summer young boys living in the vicinity of the square are permitted to hold foot races 1869 – Race competitions in the park are discontinued Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  6. 6. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK 1880 May, 1881 - Lawn tennis permited to be played under certain conditions. 1884 - Subscribers list re-opens for the reintroduction of band preformances in the park. 1895 Talks and debates take place on whether to make the park public or keep it private 1899 – Dublin Council begins attempts to have Mountjoy Square released for public use 1905 14th May. 1906 – Mr. M. J. McNulty is appointed commissioner. McNulty becomes honorary treasurer and secretary. He takes over complete management of the park as a hobby 1906 Mr. McNulty is responsible for the building of a greenhouse and flower frames. In the early 1900s the greenhouse flourished as a tuck shop and ice-cream parlour. A pavilion and a child welfare centre are later constructed on the site Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  7. 7. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK 1920 1922 – Abercrombie’s plan for Dublin proposes the redevelopment and transformation of Mountjoy Square Park into an amusement park. The plans are never realised 23rd March, 1924 – A public meeting of the residents in the area of the square is held to discuss its immediate opening to the public. Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  8. 8. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK 1925 The next five years witness the introduction of hard courts and the construction of a new tennis pavilion in 1927. At this time Mountjoy Tennis Club takes its place as the foremost in the north side of the city 1930 April, 1933 – Dublin Corporation make direct requests to the commission that half of the square be handed over for the construction of a public playground 1935 23rd March, 1938 – The new corporation act acquires Mountjoy Square on behalf of the citizens of Dublin and takes over full maintenance of the park Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  9. 9. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK 1940 1940 – Day Nursery is set up in the park to cater for women working during the war 1945 An air-raid shelter was built in the park at the start of the war. It is told that on the night bombing occurred local residents flocked to it but the key holder had gone to the cinema in O’Connell Street 1947 – Dublin Corporation converts the southeast corner of the square into a playground Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  10. 10. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK 1990 1990 The park is re- developed in 1990 with the guidance of the city’s horticulturalist, Dr. Christy Boylan. The pathways are resurfaced and flowering shrubs are introduced in place of decaying trees 1992 Uinseann MacEoin proposes park restoration Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  11. 11. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  12. 12. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK Opening Times December – January   5.00pm February     5.30pm March  6.30pm  April 7.30pm  May  8.30pm  June – July 10.00pm  August  9.30pm  September 8.30pm  October  7.30pm  November  5.30pm Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  13. 13. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK • Unique as the only square Square in Dublin, each of its sides being exactly 140 metres in length. • Up until 1938, the park was owned and maintained by the residents of Mountjoy Square. • Since 1938 the Park is run and managed by Dublin City Council. • Secured €250,000 for restoration of the railings. The only original railings remaining around a Dublin square. • There is currently no charter on Mountjoy Square Park. Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  14. 14. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK The park is used by a variety of people. Local residents come to the park to use its hard courts which include a football pitch, tennis courts, two basketball courts, one open and one enclosed. The grounds also have a permanent table tennis table. The park has a day nursery and community centre on site. A large playground attracts young children and well maintained grass Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  15. 15. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  16. 16. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  17. 17. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  18. 18. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK Park, North elevation Park, South elevation Park, East elevation Park, West elevation Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  19. 19. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK Park Facilities • 5-aside all weather football pitch • Band performances • Leisure Walks • Playground • Tennis • Basketball court • Community centre • Daycare • Croke Park related events Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  20. 20. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK Playground Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  21. 21. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK St. Brigid’s Day Nursery • Founded in the 1940’s • To free up the women of the area so they could work and help in the war e ort. Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  22. 22. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK St. Brigid’s Day Nursery • Original building remains with a small extension at the rear added in the 1990’s. • The Nursery is a Limited Company and is funded by the HSE. • Special services: Speech and language clinic every Monday • Children referred by social workers, The Mater, public health nurses, family support workers and self referral by families themselves. Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  23. 23. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK St. Brigid’s Day Nursery Catchment Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  24. 24. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK Community Centre • CASPr Community After Schools Project, run by North Inner City Drugs Task Force (NICDTF). Predominantly to service Gardiner’s Street Primary and O’Connell Street School. Trips and Summer Camps • NCCCAP North City Centre Community Action Plan. Tennis lessons. Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  25. 25. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK NICDTF Catchment Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  26. 26. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK Lamp Posts There are two di erent designs of street lamps on the square. Those in front of the houses are of the style called The Scotch Standard, from 1903-1920. On the park side of the street, are more modest, consistent with a more recent 1940-1950 design Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  27. 27. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK Benches Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  28. 28. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK Waste The South West corner of the Park, formally public toilets is now a compost heap. All the chippings from parks all over Dublin are brought here to decompose. Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  29. 29. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK Tree Species • In 1990, decaying trees within the park were felled and replaced with flower beds and shrubs. • Sycamore is the predominant tree species. • Other species that feature in the park are: Horse chestnut Beech Alder Oak Weeping Ash Rowan Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  30. 30. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK Biodiversity • The meager variety of vegetation and flowers beds, may account for the lack of birds. Several pairs of Blackbirds live here, robin and sparrow have also been seen. Black headed gulls and Starlings are also know to visit, (Moriarty, C. 1997) • The compost heap would probably increase the insect biodiversity and may attract small mammals. Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  31. 31. MOUNTJOY SQUARE PARK Art • Mosaic by The Traveller Cultural Heritage Centre at Pavee Point. This mosaic depicts the life of the travelling community. Horses, caravans, and the roads they travel. • Sundial. Ulysses, Chapter 10, The Wandering Rocks?? Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan
  32. 32. Bibliography Bowers, Moira.(1999) Dublin city parks & gardens. Dublin : Lilliput Press. Dublin County Council (2001) The parks of County Dublin . Dublin County Council, Parks Department, National Council for Educational Awards. (1991) Gardiners' Dublin : a history and topography of Mountjoy Square and environs. Dublin : NCEA. Moriarty, C. (1997) Exploring Dublin : wildlife, parks, waterways. Dublin, Ireland : Wolfhound Press. O cial Publications, Oireachtas Dail (1938). Report of the Select Committee on the Mountjoy Square, Dublin, Bill, 1938 Ireland. Oireachtas. Dáil. South Dublin County Council. Parks and Landscape Services Department. (2000) Guidelines for open space development and taking-in-charge. South Dublin County Council, Parks and Landscape Services Department. Websites: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountjoy_Square http://www.nicdtf.ie/PROJECTS/PROJECTS/COMMUNITY_AFTER_SCHOOLS_PROJECT_(CASPr).html http://www.ncccap.ie/ http://www.dublincity.ie/RECREATIONANDCULTURE/DUBLINCITYPARKS/VISITAPARK/Pages/MountjoySquarePark.aspx http://www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/DublinCityParks/Pages/TreesintheCity.aspx http://www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/DublinCityParks/Pages/ParksOpeningTimes.aspx Group 12: Cillian Magee, Ciara Grace, Timothy Brick, Luke O’Callaghan

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