Corkagh Park

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Corkagh Park
Type Municipal
Location Dublin, Ireland
Coordinates 53°18′35.73″N 6°24′53.36″W / 53.3099250°N 6.4148222°W / 53.3099250; -6.4148222Coordinates: 53°18′35.73″N 6°24′53.36″W / 53.3099250°N 6.4148222°W / 53.3099250; -6.4148222
Area 120 hectares (1.2 km2; 0.46 sq mi)
Operated by South Dublin City Council
Status

November, December & January 10.00am -- 5.00pm February & March 10.00am -- 6.00pm April & October 10.00am -- 7.00pm May & September 10.00am -- 8.00pm

June, July & August 10.00am -- 9.00pm
Website www.sdcc.ie/services/parks-and-recreation/parks/corkagh-park

Corkagh Park (Irish: Páirc Chorcaí, from corcach, meaning "marsh") is a park situated near Clondalkin in Dublin[1] and along the N7 road. The River Camac flows through it, and within the grounds of the park there are fishing ponds.[1] A caravan park can be found near the parks N7 entrance. The area, once Corkagh Demesne, contained two large houses, and historically also featured mills.[2]

History[edit]

Corkagh Park was purchased in 1983 by Dublin City Council, and since 1994 South Dublin County Council have managed the park. Formerly, the park was known as Corkagh Demesne on which two large houses stood, and gunpowder mills were run. Notable residents and visitors of the Corkagh estate included Arthur Wolfe and Elizabeth Bowen.[2]

Corkagh Park Rose Garden

Recreation[edit]

Ireland's only purpose built cycle track is located in Corkagh Park.[3] Criterium cycle races are commonly held here during the summer.

The park includes other recreational facilities including a playground, pet farm, and sports pitches.

Environment[edit]

There are over 390 different species inhabiting Corkagh Park, with 20,000 trees planted in the early 1980's and 1990's. Tree specimens include Fraxinus (ash), Quercus (oak), Tilia (lime), Juglans (walnut), Cedrus (cedar), Fagus (beech), Aesculus (Chestnut) and Sequoiadendron. The Common frog and Pipistrelle Bat, protected species under the 1976 Wildlife Act, are both found in the park. Kestrels and other birds have been found nesting in trees.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Corkagh Park". South Dublin County Council. Retrieved 6 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "History of Corkagh Park" (PDF). South Dublin County Council. Retrieved 29 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Corkagh Park Cycle Track". Cycling Ireland. Retrieved 24 March 2017.