Phoenix Park, Dublin

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    The Phoenix Park

    by elcolibri Written May 29, 2005

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    The Phoenix Park, with 707 hectares , is reputed to be the largest municipal park within a city's limits in the world. It is located on the western edge of the city and originally served as a royal deer park in the 17th century. While it is popularly assumed that it was named after the mythical bird, most Irish experts believe the name may be derived from "Fion Uisce" which means "clear water" in gaelic. Phoenix Park is not only an urban garden and national park. It's home to Ireland's President and the American Ambassador. The park has a small castle (the visitor centre), the Dublin Zoo, the obelisk to the victor of Waterloo and many more place to relax.

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    Wellington Monument

    by elcolibri Written May 28, 2005

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    Wellington Monument in Phoenix Park is the tallest obelisk in Europe. Built to commemorate the victories of the Duke of Wellington who was born in Dublin, It is 205 feet tall and It was completed in 1861.
    There are four bronze plaques cast from cannons captured at Waterloo - three of which has pictorial representations of his career while the four has an inscription. The plaques depict 'Civil and Religious Liberty' by John Hogan, 'Waterloo' by Thomas Farrell and the 'Indian Wars' by Joseph Kirk. The inscription reads:
    Asia and Europe, saved by thee, proclaim
    Invincible in war thy deathless name,
    Now round thy brow the civic oak we twine
    That every earthly glory may be thine.

    Wellington Monument

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    Walk off a few pints in Phoenix Park

    by moonfroggy4 Updated Apr 8, 2005

    We decide that a sunny and warm afternoon cannot be wasted, so we depart for Phoenix Park. It is a giant tract of land with polo grounds, football fields, and many winding paths that are perfect for enjoying the autumn sunshine. All the guidebooks boast that Phoenix Park is the Europe's largest city park. We can't verify this, but it is expansive.

    The woods and gardens make for good exploration. Its hard to believe that such a giant oasis of green is so close to Dublin's narrow streets and alleyways.

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    Lamplighter in Phoenix Park
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    The largest urban park of Europe

    by sifrim Written May 8, 2004

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    More than 250 years old (it was opened in 1747) lying on 712 hectares, it seemed endless, to me.
    Points of interest:
    - the Wellington monument
    - the phoenix column (which gave the name of the park)
    - the zoo
    - the Phoenix Park visitor centre
    - ?ras an uachtar?in - the residence of the president of Ireland (organized tours are arranged on Saturdays)

    The Wellington Monument
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    Phoenix Park

    by tvdm Written May 4, 2004

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    You'll find it in all the travel guides: this is Europe's largest city park and home of many fine sights. Oldest and grandest is Áras an Uachtaráin (pic), the Official Residence of the President of Ireland. You'll also find the residence of the American ambassor to Ireland nearby. Then there's Dublin Zoo, one of the oldest in the world: it was established in 1830. It has recently renovated and a very good (if dear: EUR12.50 for adults) sight to see with kids.

    Of course, most of Phoenix Park is all about landscape and the sheer pleasure of walking/driving/riding around fields of green within the Dublin city limits. Take bus 10 from town and get off at the last stop: you're right at the Park's entrance!

    ��ras an Uachtar��in

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    Phonix Park

    by don1dublin Updated Apr 6, 2004

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    1 Biggest city park in the world....(bigger than central park

    2 Theres around 600 wild deer in it......

    3 Dublin zoo is located there. www.dublinzoo.ie

    Very nice park......nice to walk around.....safe enough during the day but a no go area at nite.....

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    phoenix park

    by don1dublin Written Apr 2, 2004

    Huge park in the centre of dublin....biggest city park in the world...and yes even bigger than central park......huge....its not far from the city centre...10 min walk would do the job.......dublin zoo is located here...there are also over 600 wild deer....bring your camera and dont get too close...

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    Freudian pointy thing in Europes biggest park

    by sourbugger Updated Mar 9, 2004

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    Phoenix park claims to be the biggest urban park in Europe. At over 1,700 acres you can certainly feel that you are well away from the hub-hub and congestion of Dublin city.

    It says alot about the politics of the Irish state that in this setting stands not only the home of the Irish Premier, but also the home of the U.S Ambassador.

    The most obvious architectural feature in the park the is the tallest obelisk in Europe. It is 205 feet tall, and was intended to be taller but for a shortage of funds. Completed in 1861 it commemorates Wellington (The Iron Duke), who was actually Dublin Born and Bred. Having said that apparantly many Dubliners just refer to it as the 'Phoenix park monument'.

    Wellington himself, commenting on his Dublin origins is quoted as saying "Just because you are born in a stable ...does not make you an ass".

    (Perhaps he missed the fact that the most famous person in history was born in a stable)

    There are also four bronze plaques cast from cannons captured at Waterloo - three of which has pictorial representations of his career while the fourth has an inscription.

    Asia and Europe, saved by thee, proclaim
    (Soubugger : No Boasting then ?)
    Invincible in war thy deathless name,
    Now round thy brow the civic oak we twine
    That every earthly glory may be thine.

    If ever you wanted an example of an Alpha-male in life - then here you have it.

    Even after his demise his erection soars over the park.

    Mines the biggest !!!
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  • Ireland's most popular attraction

    by Kristin050900 Updated Feb 24, 2004

    The Dublin Zoo is also a wonderful plase to visit if you have children. I love zoo's and wherever I go I always have to find one or at least something to do with animals. The Dublin Zoo has a wide array of animals to see and it's a pretty decent size zoo, so I suggest you put aside at least a half of a day to explore it all.

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  • Fancy a looong walk??

    by DaniBachmann Written Nov 15, 2003

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    If you get away from the main road through Phoenix Park, you'll feel like you are somewhere in the country. Phoenix Park is huge!
    I live close to Phoenix Park and I usually take a walk in the evenings, when the sun sets...lots of deer in Phoenix Park and they came close to the road in the evenings, so you can watch them.:)))

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    Phoenix Park

    by Deefstes Updated Feb 25, 2003

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    Visit the enormous Phoenix park and see the 205 foot tall Welington monument, USA embassy, Irish Presindcy mansion, Garda Headquarters, Dept. of Defence, Fallow Deer roaming the park or even the Phoenix Zoo, all inside the biggest city park in Europe.

    Yes that's right, it whips the ass of the likes of Hyde Park in London.

    Interestingly enough the park got its name from the natural spring in the park for which the Irish name is "Fionn uisce". I know, it might not be obvious but "Fionn uisce" is actually pronounced "phoenix".

    Fallow Deer in Phoenix Park

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    Phoenix Park Motor Racing...

    by Lochlainn Updated Sep 9, 2002

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    Phoenix Park Motor Racing Weekend
    Held normally around mid August and FREE to attend, see where Eddie Jordan cut his teeth (and other parts of his anatomy) in his own driving days. Believe it or not this was once a premier Grand Prix event, admittedly in the days when Gordon Bennett meant more than an expression of surprise! The main race on Sunday is normally a Formula Ford event though don't for a moment think that the guys involved are simply out for a Sunday drive - many of these drivers are on the fringe of breaking into Formula One themselves. For me the highlight events include the vintage races, but equally refreshing is the sheer laid back ambience of the spectators. I have vivid memories of a family blithely tucking into their picnic without batting an eyelid as a 1930s ERA cartwheeled past them after slightly misjudging the exit from Mountjoy Corner in the early 80s. But don't worry - they have straw bales to protect the trees and the deer are rounded up beforehand! All very safe! :o)

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    Phoenix Park

    by Mandy23 Updated Sep 3, 2002

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    Have a look at Phoenix Park. Measuring just under 1,800 acres, Phoenix Park is the largest city park in Europe. The great green expanse in the west of the city is a mixture of wilderness and formal landscape gardens. It offers a variety of recreational activities such as Gaelic football, polo and cricket. A towering Papal Cross marks the visit of Pope John Paul II, back in 1979. Also enclosed within the park's boundaries are a Visitors' Centre, Ashtown Castle, Dublin Zoo, Aras an Uachtarain (the official residence of the President of Ireland) and the Residence of the United States' Ambassador. Phoenix Park also has a bird sanctuary and a herd of fallow deer.

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    Phoenix Park

    by Kozzmozz Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The Phoenix Park maintained by the Office of Public Works is the single largest enclosed city park in Europe. It covers 1,752 acres of wilderness and landscaped gardens situated within the city of Dublin. Enclosed within seven miles of stone walls are Aras an Uachtarain Home of the president of Ireland and the famed Dublin Zoological Gardens, Ashtown Castle and the official residence of the United States Ambassador to Ireland.
    The Park is also a home to a herd of fallow deers since 1662 now numbering more than 500 .

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    Wellington Obelisk

    by jenna24 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Wellington Obelisk
    Men play a game of football in front of the Wellington Obelisk, in Phoenix Park, Dublin, Republic of Ireland. The 62.5 meter obelisk was erected in 1817 in tribute to the Duke of Wellington who was born in the city. The large park, popular for sports, was originally Priory lands which became a royal deer park in the 17th century.

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