This elegant Square, adorned by an attractive public park, retains much of its Georgian character. One of the most beautiful and interesting parks in Dublin, it is officially named Archbishop Ryan Park in memory of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin who generously transferred on a long lease the 12 acres or 4.75 hectares to Dublin City Council in 1974. The Church had bought the park in 1930 as a site for a new cathedral, a project which never went ahead.
Inset in the railings is the restored Rutland Fountain. Plaques on the walls of the Georgian mansions recall famous occupants, including Daniel O'Connell, W.B.Yeats.
September in the Square is a programme which will provide an opportunity to get behind the beautiful Georgian doors of Merrion Square, explore the surrounding architectural attractions and discover the hidden treasures in the Square. Hightlights during september include:
- Lunchtime music every Tuesday and Lunchtime talks every Thursday
- A Family Discovery Trail allowing families uncover the hidden secrets of the Square
- Georgian Living: Dancing on the Square
See the website for more details.
Open 7 days per week, daylight hours.
Admission is free.
How to Get There:
By bus: 7, 7A from O'Connell Street.
Download Visit Dublin’s Georgian Insider Guide to find out more about Georgian Dublin.