St. Stephen’s Green Park
Dublin’s ‘Central Park’, informally known as ‘Stephen’s Green’, is the largest park in Dublin. The popular area is adjacent to Dublin’s famous high street ‘Grafton Street’ and is surrounded by café bars and restaurants. The shopping centre opposite was even named after the landmark; the St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre.
Other local landmark’s include Iveagh House, which hosts The Department Of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The government building is located adjacent to St Stephens Green.
The park itself has many unusual aspects and displays many monuments and sculptures around the grounds of the park. A very interesting feature of the park is the North West corner, which is a park for the blind. It has an array of scented flowers which are labelled in braille.
The history of St Stephen’s Green
The park, designed by William Sheppard, opened to the public in the summer of 1880. In earlier years St Stephen’s Green Park was not open to the public and only used by wealthy people who owned plots in the park.
An unknown fact to many is that St Stephen’s Green park is where those who own a ‘Key To Dublin’ are allowed to shave sheep in this public area. Bono, a famous Irish musician and member of the band U2 has this privilege as he is one of the key holders. Other key holders are Brian O’Driscoll – Irish Rugby Player, Former US President Bill Clinton and many more.
Those who own ‘The Freedom of the city of Dublin’ are well known public figures and have contributed to the city of Dublin or Ireland in general. These contributers or nominated by the Lord Mayor of Dublin and awarded by Dublin City Council. Nominees can be politicians, public servants, artists and entertainers and humanatarians. When the nominated figure is chosen by Dublin City Council they must sign the role of freedom in a ceremony that is held at City Hall. The nominee is then given an illuminated scroll by the Lord Mayor.
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