Walking In The Phoenix Park Amongst Tree's And Wild Deers

Dublin Zoo in The Phoenix Park 1964

Photograph of my Mother and Grandmother in The Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland walking with the children in 1964. A great free fun day out for all the family.
Photograph of my Mother and Grandmother in The Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland walking with the children in 1964. A great free fun day out for all the family. | Source

The Phoenix Park Dublin Ireland

The Phoenix Park at 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.

About 30% of the Phoenix Park is covered by trees, which are mainly broadleaf parkland species such as oak, ash, lime, beech, sycamore and horse chestnut.

A more ornamental selection of trees is grown in the various enclosures.

If you are one of the lucky ones like myself The Phoenix Park is a great place to go with your family and friends for a free fun day out.

It is also a great place to go if you need some time alone to gather your thoughts. You can walk among the beautiful trees in the Park and search among the wild flowers while enjoying Mother Nature at her best.

Furry Glen Phoenix Park Dublin

In the south-western corner of the park is an area known as the Furry Glen which has a series of short walks centred around a small lake with birds, plants and wildlife.
In the south-western corner of the park is an area known as the Furry Glen which has a series of short walks centred around a small lake with birds, plants and wildlife. | Source

The Furry Glen in The Phoenix Park

In the south-western corner of the park is an area known as the Furry Glen which has a series of short walks centred around a small lake with birds, plants and wildlife.

The Furry Glen in the Phoenix Park is a lovely, enchanting Glen in the far corner of the Phoenix Park.

The Furry Glen is an idyllic place to go with family and friends on a sunny day for a great free day out. You'll see squirrels, creatures, wildlife and plenty of beautiful wild flowers.

The Furry Glen in The Phoenix Park Dublin

The Furry Glen in the Phoenix Park is a lovely, enchanting Glen in the far corner of the Phoenix Park.
The Furry Glen in the Phoenix Park is a lovely, enchanting Glen in the far corner of the Phoenix Park. | Source
The Furry Glen is an idyllic place to go with family and friends on a sunny day for a great free day out. You'll see squirrels, creatures, wildlife and plenty of beautiful wild flowers.
The Furry Glen is an idyllic place to go with family and friends on a sunny day for a great free day out. You'll see squirrels, creatures, wildlife and plenty of beautiful wild flowers. | Source

The Papal Cross in The Phoenix Park Dublin

The Papal Cross was erected at the edge of Fifteen Acres for the visit of Pope John Paul II on the 29th September 1979.
The Papal Cross was erected at the edge of Fifteen Acres for the visit of Pope John Paul II on the 29th September 1979. | Source

The Papal Cross

The Papal Cross was erected at the edge of Fifteen Acres for the visit of Pope John Paul II on the 29th September 1979.

Over one million people attended an open air mass in the park at the time.

The white cross, which dominates its surroundings, is 35 metres (115 ft) high and was built with steel girders. It was installed with some difficulty. After several attempts, the cross was eventually erected just a fortnight before the Pope arrived.

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Deer in The Phoenix Park

Fallow deer have been present in Phoenix Park since the seventeenth century when they were hunted for sport by the gentry of the day
Fallow deer have been present in Phoenix Park since the seventeenth century when they were hunted for sport by the gentry of the day | Source
The herd is normally situated on the 200-acre flat meadow area known as the Fifteen Acres, and in the woodland of Old town Wood on its northern perimeter in The Phoenix Park.
The herd is normally situated on the 200-acre flat meadow area known as the Fifteen Acres, and in the woodland of Old town Wood on its northern perimeter in The Phoenix Park. | Source
The oldest recorded male deer in The Phoenix Park  died of old age in summer 2004 at 14 years of age. His skeleton was placed on exhibition in the mammal study unit in UCD.
The oldest recorded male deer in The Phoenix Park died of old age in summer 2004 at 14 years of age. His skeleton was placed on exhibition in the mammal study unit in UCD. | Source

Herd of Deer in The Phoenix Park Dublin Ireland

The Phoenix Park Deer

Fallow deer have been present in Phoenix Park since the seventeenth century when they were hunted for sport by the gentry of the day. The present-day herd is descended from those deer who were chased for enjoyment and hunted for food.

They are wild animals, and their relationship with man has sometimes been a stormy one, like when calls were made to remove the animals to a special enclosure so twentieth-century motorists could drive through the park on the way to somewhere else without having deer wandering the roads and precipitating accidents.

In fact, their wanderings during the Second World War and pressure on space in general in Phoenix Park saw most of 1,200 herd members being officially shot dead. Just thirty-eight animals constituted the herd, following the 1942 cull.

Some 200 fawns can be born each year in Phoenix Park.

As part of a continuing study, hair and nail clippings are taken from the newborn animal for DNA samples, for official records.

Fawns are colour-tagged shortly after birth and allocated an individual identification number.

The herd is normally situated on the 200-acre flat meadow area known as the Fifteen Acres, and in the woodland of Oldtown Wood on its northern perimeter.

The oldest recorded male died of old age in summer 2004 at 14 years of age. His skeleton was placed on exhibition in the mammal study unit in UCD.

By 2005, the herd had grown to some 800 animals once more and a major reduction was ordered by the Office of Public Works. Some 350 animals were to be killed to reduce the herd to a manageable size of 450 animals once more. A deer population of this size was regarded as the maximum carrying capacity of the park. The cull was to be carried out over a number of years taking into account the number of healthy or infirm specimens that are extant from each year of birth.

Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland

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Phoenix Park is an urban park in Dublin, Ireland, lying 2–4 km west of the city centre, north of the River Liffey. Its 11 km perimeter wall encloses 7

Bloom Garden Show in The Phoenix Park

Bloom, Ireland's largest gardening, food and family event, takes place in the Phoenix Park Dublin during the June bank holiday weekend for 5 days.

The show usually contains spectacular show gardens, floral displays and a large scale artisan farmers market. With something for everyone, Bloom, Ireland's Largest Gardening, Food & Family Event.

Bloom Garden Show June Bank Holiday Weekend

Bloom, Ireland's largest gardening, food and family event, takes place in the Phoenix Park Dublin during the June bank holiday weekend for 5 days.
Bloom, Ireland's largest gardening, food and family event, takes place in the Phoenix Park Dublin during the June bank holiday weekend for 5 days. | Source

Bloom Garden Show in The Phoenix Park 2014 Dates

Bloom 2014 is taking place in the Phoenix Park Dublin over the June bank holiday weekend, from Thursday 29th May until Monday 2nd June 2014.

Bloom 2013 was the 7th year of the event and continues to attract thousands upon thousands of people every year. Bloom 2013 attracted over 110,000 to the 70 acre site at the Visitor's Centre in the Phoenix Park, Dublin.

A Day Out in Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo in The Phoenix Park

Dublin Zoo is much more than a fun-filled day out for all the family. It is a place to learn about wild animals, especially those which are endangered.

The Zoo is a registered charity. Your visit will help to maintain Dublin Zoo to a high standard, improve the Zoo and contribute to conservation programmes.

Located in the Phoenix Park in the heart of Dublin city, Dublin Zoo is Ireland’s most popular family attraction, and welcomed over one million visitors last year.

As one of the world’s oldest, yet popular zoos, the 28 hectare park in the heart of Dublin is home to some 400 animals in safe environment where education and conservation combine for an exciting and unforgettable experience.

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Lord Frederick Cavendish and Thomas Henry Burke.

The Phoenix Park Murders were the fatal stabbings on 6 May 1882 in the Phoenix Park in Dublin of Lord Frederick Cavendish and Thomas Henry Burke.
The Phoenix Park Murders were the fatal stabbings on 6 May 1882 in the Phoenix Park in Dublin of Lord Frederick Cavendish and Thomas Henry Burke. | Source
Cavendish who was married to Lucy Cavendish the niece of British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone, and had worked as Gladstone's personal secretary, had only arrived in Ireland the day he was murdered.
Cavendish who was married to Lucy Cavendish the niece of British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone, and had worked as Gladstone's personal secretary, had only arrived in Ireland the day he was murdered. | Source

The Phoenix Park Murders

The Phoenix Park Murders were the fatal stabbings on 6 May 1882 in the Phoenix Park in Dublin of Lord Frederick Cavendish and Thomas Henry Burke.

Cavendish was the newly appointed Chief Secretary for Ireland, and Burke was the Permanent Undersecretary, the most senior Irish civil servant.

The assassination was carried out by members of the Irish National Invincibles.

Cavendish who was married to Lucy Cavendish the niece of British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone, and had worked as Gladstone's personal secretary, had only arrived in Ireland the day he was murdered.

He and Burke were attacked as they walked to the Viceregal Lodge, the out of season residence of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.

Thomas Myles, resident surgeon at the nearby Dr Stevens’' Hospital, was summoned to render medical assistance to the victims.

The then Lord Lieutenant, Lord Spencer, described suddenly hearing screams, before witnessing a man running to the Lodge grounds shouting Lord Frederick Cavendish and Mr. Burke are killed.

Responsibility for the assassinations was claimed by a small hitherto unheard-of Republican organisation called the Irish National Invincibles.

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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

Hi, Garlic Angel sounds just my kind of place. Well described with great photographs . Thank you.


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Garlic Angel 6 years ago from Dublin Author

Hi D.A.L. thank you for visiting. Yes I love the Phoenix Park it is a great sanctuary in the heart of Dublin City.

I visit there often as I live not too far from the park. There are so many different things you can do there from walking among Mother Nature to sitting under the many beautiful trees to bringing your children or grandchildren to one of the many playgrounds.

There is also the wonderful Dublin Zoo in the park and a must visit applies. It is a great day out and they have some wonderful interesting animals there. So if you are ever in the area maybe you could pay it a visit.

Thank you again for your comment and I hope to cross your path again soon.

Garlic Angel :-)


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How to - Answers 6 years ago from Ireland

Absolutley love the photos of the deer. Imagine you can get that close to them to take photos, wonderful.

Glad to here the Dublin Zoo has housed the animals in proper facilities sounds a wonderful place for the animals. years ago all zoos were just like prisons with the poor animals locked in cages.

But Dublin Zoo has given these animals a great natural habitat to roam free and be safe in. Love the photos and the videos too.


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Garlic Angel 6 years ago from Dublin Author

Hi How to Answers thank you for your comment yes it is a beautiful place to visit. The deers there are amazing and they do not mind people getting to close as they feel safe there, Thank God everyone respects them and they feel comfortable with humans around them.. They are well taken care of..

Dublin Zoo has really done a lot of great work in the zoo over the last few years and well worth a visit. There are some really interesting animals there and they too are treated very well. The zoo keepers seem to enjoy their work in the zoo and it shows in the way they take care of the animals...

Thank you again for visiting and catch you soon.. Garlic Angel :-)


Germaine Reilly 6 years ago

You've captured the personality of the park v nicely! The images from 1964 are lovely, too. I tend to cycle more than walk in the park, there are so many nooks and crannies to explore, it's definitely one of my fav parks too in Dub.


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Garlic Angel 5 years ago from Dublin Author

Hello Germaine thank you for your comment and I am so glad you enjoyed my hub.

I also love the old photos.

"nooks and crannies" well there are so many, yes, that you could spend a lot of time exploring them and still not get to see them all.

Again thank you for visiting and I hope to catch you again along the road..

Garlic Angel :-)


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

I loved this hub of yours. I will never get to see it in real life but I can through your hub and pictures. Thanks for sharing your piece of the world with us. I am in the US. I do have a hub about a park nearby too.


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Garlic Angel 2 years ago from Dublin Author

Thank you for Visiting Lady Guinevere I am glad you enjoyed it. Yes I am the same I have never got to visit the USA and probably will not as unfortunately I have a fear of flying :-(

I must pop over and have a look at your hub on the USA Parks.

Thanks again and hope to catch you again along the line :-) Garlic Angel


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Hahaha what a coincidence, I do not like flying either.


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Garlic Angel 2 years ago from Dublin Author

LOL We the only ones with sense so Lady Guinevere :-)


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Dwight Phoenix 21 months ago from Jamaica

I like your hub a lot, especially since it has my name so much in it :)


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Garlic Angel 20 months ago from Dublin Author

Very appropriate surname Dwight Phoenix

So glad you enjoyed it and thank you for taking the time to comment

Garlic Angel :-)

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