Chancery Park Fountain

I have been walking past Chancery Park at night for some time now, always looking longingly over the spiky railings as I stroll by.

Chancery Park is a grand title for what is essentially a small garden attached to a building comprising 27 flats (Chancery House), which you can read all about here, in Dublin’s north inner city. It is located just beside the Four Courts between the Luas (tram) tracks and the Quay.

The reason for the longing looks is that I have been particularly taken with the fountain there, which is lit up at night, with The Spire on O’Connell Street in the skyline behind it as you look at it from the Four Courts side (the second photo below).

However, you can never get in there at night as the park is only open a few hours a day and closes very early in the afternoon. This is apparently to do with anti-social behaviour and is mentioned in the piece I linked to above.

The fountain is the park’s centre piece and is surrounded by a few small benches. Several trees are placed closer to the nearby perimeter and that’s it. However, it’s still a very charming park. Albeit, one that I never see anyone in, though again this is probably due to the limited opening hours.

Anyway, last night I stopped looking longingly at the fountain and hopped the spiky railings to get my photo.

Apologies to Dublin City Council.

Earlier yesterday I had bought a tripod to replace the one I left behind at the beach on Christmas Day. It was fun to practice long exposures again.







Posted on January 3, 2013, in Architecture, Art, Dublin, Ireland, Photography and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 75 Comments.

  1. Beautiful, especially the first photo

  2. Conor, these photos are fantastic especially in back and white. Don’t you tell me if there is any older Iris woman out there 🙂

  3. That railing looks pretty high. Looks like you could have done some serious damage if you’d slipped. Just saying. But the results are stunning. Great job.

  4. A great set, too bad the park must be shut down due to rotten behavior of other I guess. A few rotten apples spoil the lot. Hope the Council doesn’t bust you, they have evidence. 😉

  5. I’m having trouble believing that you’ve only been photographing since May 2012. Impressive.

  6. Lovely photos, Conor. I especially like the first one. Thank you. Bountiful blessings wished for you for 2013.

  7. Fantastic night scenes Conor! Sorry to hear you lost your tripod.

  8. Amazing and beautiful all in one. Thank you.

  9. This looks amazing. Great lighting.

  10. I also like the first photo in particular. Beautiful work.

  11. a brilliant start to the New Year Conor (best wishes by the way) – the first shot is starkly wonderful

  12. Beautiful shots, Conor. Stunning fountain.

  13. Chancery Park is open daily from 9 am to 3pm hope to have a Tai Chi class for seniors there this spring or summer. park used a lot for communion photos love to see it thorough some else’s eyes thank you. Pat

    • Thanks Patrick. I am always working those hours so hence I never get in there the normal way! My ambition was to get the fountain lit up at night too, which is very pretty. That’s a great idea about the Tai Chi classes. I hope it works out.

  14. lovely photos i would have loved to have watched you legging it over the railings but then having to do it all again to get out ! well done

  15. Great spot, very well captured. Happy 2013

  16. Conor, These photos were definitely worth hopping the spiky railings! Really nice. I think I like the first one best, but they are all good. You live in a beautiful place. ~Rainey

  17. Top pictures, especially the first one.I know the area, but never thought of it in the way you have managed to capture. Happy New Year, and ‘Make it be, in One-3!’

  18. Hi Conor! I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award, Check It out here:

  19. Lovely!! I’ll have to check it out while I’m in Dublin in July!! 😀

  20. Well, let me know and I’ll pop down and give you a boost over the railings 🙂

  21. Seriously though, we should meet for a pint if you’re free! 🙂

  22. You are inspiring me to likewise attempt some night photography or perhaps some day time long exposure shots. It is not something I have don much of at all. I particularly like the panoramic photo of the series and too that you scaled the spiky fence – onya!!!!!

  23. Oh, these are splendid – especially the first one, in black and white.

  24. Breathtaking photos Conor! You’re truly gifted!

  25. Lovely shots. The first one works really well in black and white.

  26. Nice work Conor. The one advantage to the park being locked is that you had the opportunity to shoot the fountain without it being surrounded by people or empty Strongbow bottles! Every cloud…

  27. Hi Conor,

    Great photos,would you give us permission to use one or two of them in parks publications?

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