Iveagh Gardens

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Iveagh Gardens
Waterfall in Iveagh Gardens.jpg
Waterfall in Iveagh Gardens
Type Municipal
Location Dublin
Coordinates 53°20′10″N 6°15′43″W / 53.336°N 6.262°W / 53.336; -6.262
Created 1865
Operated by Office of Public Works
Open All Year
Website www.heritageireland.ie/en/dublin/theiveaghgardens/

The Iveagh Gardens (/ˈv/; Irish: Gairdíní Uí Echach) is a public park located between Clonmel Street and Upper Hatch Street, near the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland.

The gardens in their present form were laid out in 1863 by Benjamin Guinness after he had built what is now Iveagh House on St. Stephen's Green. Previously the land had been laid out as a private pleasure garden by "Copper-faced Jack", Earl of Clonmell.

During the early 19th century the gardens were opened to the public and were called the Coburg Gardens, after the royal family of Saxe-Coburg. By 1860 they had fallen into disrepair and were restored by Benjamin Guinness.[1] They were designed by Ninian Niven, in 1865, as an intermediate design between the 'French Formal' and the 'English Landscape' styles.[2] They demonstrated the artistic skills of the landscape Architect of the mid 19th century.[3] His son Edward, the first Earl of Iveagh, gave the gardens to the newly chartered University College Dublin in 1908, whose main building was then on nearby Earlsfort Terrace. In gratitude they were renamed the Iveagh Gardens.

The gift of the gardens by Iveagh mirrored his brother Lord Ardilaun's gift of St Stephen's Green to the city in 1880. Both parks are now managed by the Office of Public Works. Beyond the north parterre and clump is a large sunken archery ground at whose eastern end was a pond and boating tower. The tower now stands inside the boundary wall of Iveagh House.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Frank Hopkins: Rare Old Dublin. Dublin, Marino Books, 2002. p. 18
  2. ^ "The Iveagh Gardens". Heritage Ireland. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Iveagh Gardens". Heritage Ireland. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Christine Casey (2005). Dublin: The City Within the Grand and Royal Canals and the Circular Road with the Phoenix Park. Yale University Press. pp. 487–. ISBN 0-300-10923-7.