Wolfe Tone Square

Wolfe Tone Park, sometimes known as Wolfe Tone Square, is a public space in Dublin, Ireland. Named for Theobald Wolfe Tone (1763–1798), the park is the site of a graveyard that was attached to St. Mary's Church. The graveyard was deconsecrated in 1966 and laid out as a green park. In 1998, Dublin City Council held an international competition to redesign the park, which was won by Peter Cody of Boyd Cody Architects. The park in its current form was completed in 2001.[1]

Wolfe Tone Square
Wolfe Tone Square - Ag Crú na Gréine “Enjoying the Sun” (2003) (Jackie McKenna).jpg
Wolfe Tone park with Jackie McKenna's "Ag Crú na Gréine" sculpture
Wolfe Tone Square is located in Central Dublin
Wolfe Tone Square
Native nameCearnóg Wolfe Tone  (Irish)
NamesakeTheobald Wolfe Tone
Area0.4 hectares (0.99 acres)
LocationDublin, Ireland
Postal codeD01
Coordinates53°20′53″N 6°16′00″W / 53.3481°N 6.2667°W / 53.3481; -6.2667Coordinates: 53°20′53″N 6°16′00″W / 53.3481°N 6.2667°W / 53.3481; -6.2667

The park is the final resting place of the United Irishman Archibald Hamilton Rowan (1751–1834), Mary Mercer, founder of Mercer's Hospital (died 1734), the philosopher Francis Hutcheson (1694–1746), Sir Boyle Roche, 1st Baronet (1736–1807), an Irish politician and member of the Irish House of Commons, parish rector William Fletcher (1715–1771),[2] and Lord Norbury (1745–1831; known colloquially as the hanging judge).[3]

Since the park layout was changed, the park had been made available by Dublin City Council for events[4] - such as the Dublin Fringe Festival.[5] However, following a campaign from local residents to restore "Wolfe Tone Park as a non-commercial green space",[6] as of 2015, there has been debate in the Council as to the future use of the park.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lisa Cassidy. "Wolfe Tone Park, Jervis Street, Dublin 1". Built Dublin. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  2. ^ W. J. R. Wallace (ed.). Clergy of Dublin and Glendalough. Belfast: Ulster Historical Foundation. p. 633.
  3. ^ Sean Murphy. "Notes regarding St. Mary's Churchyard (with pictures)". Centre for Irish Genealogical and Historical Studies.
  4. ^ "Wolfe Tone Park - Dublin City Council Events Unit - Public Space Venue Assessment" (PDF). Dublin City Council. Retrieved 2016-05-10.
  5. ^ "The Battle Continues Over the Future of Wolfe Tone Park". Dublininquirer.com. Retrieved 2016-05-10.
  6. ^ "Wolfe Tone Park Community". Wolfetonepark.com. Retrieved 2016-05-10.
  7. ^ "A Community Group Struggles to Revive Wolfe Tone Park". Dublininquirer.com. Retrieved 2016-05-10.