The beautiful park itself is named after the nearby Cathedral of St Patrick and was laid out on the site of some of the worst slums in Dublin, if not in the whole of Northern Europe. The development of the park was funded by Lord Iveagh, Edward Cecil Guinness, of the famous brewing family, and presented by him to Dublin City Council in the 1920s.
Also located in the park is the Literary Parade, is a sculpture of a bell. The bronze Liberty Bell is by artist Vivienne Roche and the work was commissioned as part of the 1988 Millennium Sculpture Symposium. The bell reminds us that this part of Dublin is called the Liberties, a name which goes back to medieval days when certain areas outside the city walls were allowed to run their own administrations free from the control of the city authorities.