Phoenix Park 350th Anniversary
A series of events throughout will take place throughout 2012 to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the establishment of the Phoenix Park.
The following are some of the projects and events that are planned for 2012; (Some dates to be confirmed)
- Street Party for all the family - Easter Saturday 7th April 12-4pm
- Royal Parks & Gardens "Back to the Future" - 5th - 7th October
- A National Photographic competition. -
Check www.phoenixpark.ie in May 2012 for more details
- Kids summer camps. - Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout July
- The Phoenix Park Spring and Winter lecture series –
A series of illustrated lectures Connected with the Park.
- Opening up Chesterfield Avenue at weekends -
From the Phoenix Monument to the Mountjoy Roundabout for pedestrians, runners, cyclists, toddlers and to hold family events.
- Historical re-enactments of motor racing.
- Historical re-enactments of the Duke of Ormond and Lord Chesterfield.
- Exhibitions at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Ashtown Castle.
For full details on all events click here
A brief history of the Pheonix Park
The Phoenix Park at 707 hectares (1752 acres) is one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces within any European capital city. The Phoenix Park was established in 1662 by one of Ireland’s most illustrious viceroys, James Butler, Duke of Ormond, on behalf of King Charles II. Conceived as a Royal deer park, it originally included the demesne of Kilmainham Priory south of the River Liffey, but with the building of the Royal Hospital at Kilmainham, which commenced in 1680, the Park was reduced to its present size, all of which is now north of the river.