Bishop Lucey Park

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Bishop Lucey Park
The Peace Park
Park visitors relaxing during fine weather
Type Public
Location Cork, Ireland
Coordinates 51°53′50″N 8°28′32″W / 51.89722°N 8.47556°W / 51.89722; -8.47556Coordinates: 51°53′50″N 8°28′32″W / 51.89722°N 8.47556°W / 51.89722; -8.47556
Created 1985 (1985)
Status Open all year

Bishop Lucey Park is a public park located between Grand Parade and South Main Street in the centre of Cork in Ireland. It is one of few green spaces in the city centre and among the largest. It is often erroneously known as "The Peace Park" by locals, although this name actually refers to the area next to the River Lee at the junction of Grand Parade and South Mall where the National Monument, and the memorials to World War I and the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings are located.[1]


Cork City Walls in Bishop Lucey Park

The site of Bishop Lucey Park lies within the site of the original Hiberno-Norse settlement of Cork. A portion of the old city wall was excavated during the park construction and is visible near the Grand Parade entrance to the park.[2]

For almost 800 years, the location of the park was a built environment, with a variety of commercial buildings, religious buildings and schools occupying portions of the site.

In 1970, Jennings department store burnt down leaving a substantial amount of the site derelict. It was decided to create a new park on the site in time for the celebrations of the 800th anniversary of Cork being granted a charter in 1985. The new park was named in honour of the recently deceased Bishop of Cork and Ross Cornelius Lucey.


The park is used by city centre workers and residents, and is one of few examples of green spaces within Cork City Centre. It can be particularly crowded at lunch time when, if the weather permits, people take their lunch al fresco. At winter time, the park hosts the Winter Wonderland, when it is illuminated with Christmas lights in conjunction with the Christmas Market that is held on Grand Parade.

In 2011 Christchurch Lane, which had been a pedestrian lane running along the northern edge of the park was incorporated into the park.

There are a number of art-works within the park. A copy of Seamus Murphy's sculpture "The Onion Seller" was donated by hosiery manufacturers Sunbeam Wolsey when the park opened.[3][nb 1]


  1. ^ Another copy, donated by a McDonald's franchisee on Winthrop Street in 1995, has been moved to Cornmarket Street — "the Coal Quay".[4][5]


  1. ^ "Amenity Areas". Cork City Council. Archived from the original on 2011-11-19. Retrieved 2012-08-24.
  2. ^ Healy, Alan. "Bishop Lucey Park". Cork Past and Present. Retrieved 2012-08-23.
  3. ^ René & Peter van der Krogt. "153: The Onion Seller". Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  4. ^ René & Peter van der Krogt. "149: The Onion Seller". Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  5. ^ "The Onion Seller, Winthrop Street, Cork City, Cork City". Buildings of Ireland: National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Retrieved 3 April 2017.