I love the Phoenix Park and, like many others, have come to look on it as my rather large back garden. Here’s some photos of two of its landmark features, against the backdrop of those Sepia skies I’m so fond of. It started off as a moderately nice evening as I reached the Wellington Monument, close to the park’s entrance, but, as you won’t be a bit surprised to hear from looking at the clouds in my photos, the sun soon set and the heavens opened. It was a nice walk back in the rain though!
“The Wellington Monument is a 62 metres (203 ft) tall obelisk commemorating the victories of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. It is the largest obelisk in Europe and would have been even higher if the publicly subscribed funding had not run out. Designed by Robert Smirke, there are four bronze plaques cast from cannons captured at the Battle of Waterloo—three of which have pictorial representations of Wellington’s career, while the fourth has an inscription at the base of the obelisk”.
Interestingly (for nerds like me anyway!), he was still alive when this was built, technically making it a testimonial, not a monument.
Click on the photos for the big versions (big skies).
“The Magazine Fort in the south east of the Park marks the location where Phoenix Lodge was built by Sir Edward Fisher in 1611. In 1734 the house was knocked down when the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Lionel Sackville, 1st Duke of Dorset, directed that a powder magazine be provided for Dublin. An additional wing was added to the fort in 1801 for troops. It was the scene of the Christmas Raid in 1939.”
The magazine fort has been satirically immortalised in a jingle by Jonathan Swift who wrote:
“Now’s here’s a proof of Irish sense,
Here Irish wit is seen,
When nothing’s left that’s worth defence,
We build a Magazine.”
The Phoenix Park is home to many sports clubs and many playing fields and pitches. Here’s one I passed on my stroll from the Wellington Monument to the Magazine Fort. It was the scene of a pretty timid pitch invasion at the time.
* There are many, many landmarks in the huge Phoenix Park, I have only mentioned the two I walked by before getting rained on during this particular evening, it is not intended to be a comprehensive list!