Merrion Square, Dublin

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    Memorial to Oscar Wilde
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    Oscar Wilde was born here
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    Street the statue faces (that Oscar sees...
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    Oscar Wilde's Birthplace

    by yvgr Updated Apr 22, 2012
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    The birthplace of Oscar Wilde still exists and the building looking the very same as back in Wilde's times. It is located in the Merrion square almost on the opposite side of the Oscar Wilde monument. Today it is the place of Irish American University and outside the there's a memorial sign to Wilde's father who was a famous surgeon.

    Merrion Square (Irish: Cearnóg Mhuirfean) is a Georgian square on the southside of Dublin city centre. It was laid out after 1762 and was largely complete by the beginning of the 19th century. It is considered one of the city's finest surviving squares. Three sides are lined with Georgian redbrick townhouses; the West side abuts the grounds of Leinster House (seat of the Oireachtas), Government Buildings, the Natural History Museum and the National Gallery. The central railed-off garden is now a public park.

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    Green oasis in the City

    by Durfun Written Dec 29, 2009

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    Viewed from the front (in the park)
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    This stretch of a park is more like a thick forest.

    Inside the north west corner gateway, there is a statue of Oscar Wilde composed of different coloured stone, sitting on a large granite boulder.

    It is visible from outside the perimeter railings. Once inside, you will see a funky factfile pillar about 15 feet in front of Oscar.

    In 1855, the family moved to 1 Merrion Square, and hence this is a well-appointed tribute to the great Irish playwright, poet and author.

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    Merrion Square

    by Dabs Written Jul 27, 2009

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    I had learned during my 1st 6 days in Ireland that you take advantage of good weather when you have it so after checking into my hotel just north of Merrion Square, I headed into the Archbishop Ryan Park that sits in the middle of the square to have a look around. As I wandered through the park, I found the bust of politician Michael Collins but it's the statue of Oscar Wilde, affectionately known as the "fag on the crag", that is the star here. He reclines on a rock in the northwest corner of the park, just across the street from his childhood home at No. 1 which now houses the American College Dublin. On pillars across from him are a naked male torso and his pregnant wife Constance, the pillars etched with some of his witticisms.

    The houses that line the square are fine examples of the Georgian style of architecture and had many famous residents, besides Oscar Wilde, Irish national leader Daniel O'Connell lived at No. 58 and WB Yeats lived at Nos. 52 and 82, you can see blue plaques on the facades that identify their famous previous owners.

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    Childhood home of Oscar Wilde

    by Jefie Updated May 23, 2009

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    Oscar Wilde statue at Merrion Square
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    Merrion Square is one of Dublin's largest and finest Georgian squares. Its plans were laid out by John Ensor near the end of the 18th century, and it is surrounded by some of the city's most important buildings, including the National Gallery, the National Museum and Leinster House, the seat of the Irish Parliament. A number of illustrious citizens have also lived in the beautiful townhouses that surround the square, including W.B. Yeats (No. 82) and Oscar Wilde (No. 1). The square's central park is very nicely designed. A number of statues and monuments are dispersed throughout the park, including that of Oscar Wilde, affectionately known to most Dubliners as "The fag on the crag"(!). There is also a nice collection of old streetlights spread throughout the park.

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    Merrion Square

    by call_me_rhia Written Aug 27, 2008

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    Merrion Square, the best Georgian square in Dublin... sublime architecture and the famous colourful irish doors. Georgian architecture was fairly rigid and unform, so people used colourful doors to differentiate... and artistic door knockers.

    In georgian times the rich and famous lived here, and if you take your time and walk around it, you'll see may plaques indicating who lived there. For example: Oscar Wilde lived at No 1, Daniel O'Connell at No 58, Sheridan Le Fanu at No 70 and W. B. Yeats at No 82.

    There is also charming park in the middle, with colourful flowers and shrub beds. In the past this park was private: only residents of the square had the keys and could enter it. it is now public, and it's one of the nicest parks in town.

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    Oscar Wilde Statue

    by MalenaN Written Mar 2, 2007

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    Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900) is one of the most famous Irish writers, a play writer, novelist, poet and short story writer. As a child he lived in a house at Merrion Square and just across from that building, in the park, there is a colourful statue of him. He is half sitting /lying on a big granite boulder. Wilde himself is made up of stones in different colours.

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    Oscar Wilde's Resting Place

    by LittleDee Written Sep 13, 2006

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    Merrion Square with its well kept central park dates back to 1762 and has the National Gallery on its west side, while the other three sides are lined with elegant Georgian buildings. Around this square are the hallmarks of the best Georgian Dublin entrances - elegant doors and peacock fanlights, ornate door knockers and more than a few foot-scrapers where gentlemen removed mud from their shoes before venturing inside.

    Merrion residents include Oscar Wilde who can now be found lounging on a rock watching the world go by within Merrion Square park.

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    Take a Break...

    by Jake34 Written Jul 26, 2005

    Merrion Square, surrounded by brick houses that are covered in ivy and furnished with amazingly colorful doors, is a nice sanctuary in the heart of Dublin. Grab some sandwich gear and a couple of beers from a local grocer and head down a winding sidewalk in the park to find a comfy bench. This place is beautiful and as green as Ireland gets.

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    Beautiful Doors of Dublin

    by 807Wheaton Updated Jun 10, 2005

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    Doors of Dublin in Merrion Square

    Of course a trip to Dublin must include a drive to Merrion Square to see the Doors of Dublin. Famous for its Georgian architecture, these buildings date back over 300 years. The interiors of these magnificent buildings are designed with elaborate ceiling decorations.
    Merrion Square was laid out in 1752 . Nearby is Leister House, The Irish Government buildings and the National Gallery of Art.

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    Visit Oscar Wilde

    by Cruefan Written Jun 6, 2005

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    hanging out

    I found this cool statue as I was walking around Dublin. The statue is of the famous author Oscar Wilde lying on a boulder. I wasn't able to get into the square itself becuse it was early in the morning.

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    Oscar Wilde Memorial

    by elcolibri Updated May 29, 2005
    Oscar Wilde Statue

    Oscar Wilde, born in 1854 in Dublin, perhaps one of the most famous irish writer, has a Memorial in Marrion Square with a beautiful coloured statue, different from all others I saw in the city. If you are a fan of the author of "The Picture of Dorian Gray" or merely admire him by his fight against the hypocrecy of the Society of his time dont forget a visit to the Memorial.

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    Famous Locals

    by cimc Written May 25, 2005

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    WIlde in Repose

    If you are in Dublin for any time at all you will most likely be around here anyway. I just wanted to point out to famous Irishmen born around here. Both of whom are constantly referred to as British (or even more inaccurately, English).
    1) Oscar Wilde grew up in 1 Merrion Square where the American College is now. He was born on the other side of the square.
    2) Arthur Wellesley-later the Duke of Wellington was born in one Merrion Street (now the Merrion Hotel). Of his Irish Heritage he once said "Just because one is born in a stable does not mean one is a horse". His family seat is in Trim Co. Meath where there is a controversial statue of him and his father was a music professor in Trinity College.

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    Merrion Square

    by IrishFem Updated Mar 3, 2005

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    The Quear in the Square

    Merrion Square is another lovely park in the city not to far away from St Stephen's green. At the weekends you will find artists selling their paintings on the railings right around the park..from 10am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday. Inside you will find statues of Ireland's hero's, beautiful flower gardens and plenty of benches to sit on. Pictured below is Oscar Wild and also known as the Quare in the square....

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    Merrion Square

    by sarahandgareth Updated Aug 6, 2004

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    A quiet path in Merrion Square

    Merrion Square is probably Dublin's best-known Georgian Square. It was developed around 1770, in the heart of the Georgian period, with the famed doorfronts among the most iconic aspects of the square. The houses here mostly now accommodate offices, but at one point they were among the most sough-after residences, with Oscar Wilde, W.B Yeats, Ernest Schrödinger and many others residing here over the years.

    The National Gallery and the Natural History Museum were erected in the mid-nineteenth century, while Government Buildings date from the early decades of the twentieth century.

    The park itself is one of Dublin's most attractive: the well-tended lawns attract many a bookworm in warm weather, while the flowerbeds are almost always a riot of colour. It's an oasis just a short walk from the bustle of downtown, very rarely crowded, except on a sunny day at lunchtime, when every office worker with sense grabs a sandwich and takes a few minutes off to enjoy the setting.

    On Sunday mornings, there is an art market along two sides of the Square, with local artists exhibiting their very diverse canvases.

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    Georgian Dublin - Merrion Square

    by ChrsStrl Written Jul 30, 2004

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    One of many attractions!

    Amidst the hustle and bustle of modern Dublin there are still reminders of a past that was more elegant. Merrion Square is an impressive Georgian square with typivcal four storey terrace houses, each with brightly coloured doors and all in an excellent state of decoration. I took many of them - they make a lovely set. The fanlights above the doors have varied patterns of tracery - do look closely! It makes the whole very attractive, and the Square itself is a large garden-cum-park. #1 was the childhood home of Oscar Wilde; #58 the home of Daniel O'Connell; #82 W.B. Yeats.

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