Dublin Civic Trust is delighted to announce details of the eighth Dublin Garden Squares Day, taking place on Saturday 10th June 2017


An engaging day out

Enjoy expert walking tours, open houses, live performance and children's events in a fun family day out for all. Walk or cycle between the squares and discover the history of these magnificent urban gardens, their plants and wildlife, the people who once used them and the historic buildings that embrace them.

A series of free events will be held in each of the five Georgian squares - St. Stephen's Green, Merrion Square and Fitzwilliam Square on the south side of the river, and Parnell Square and Mountjoy Square on the north side.

Events are suitable for all the family and are intended to encourage Dubliners to visit these beautiful public gardens and interact with their history and built and natural heritage.

The 2017 event is placing an emphasis on guided tours, the most popular aspect of the day. A series of events will also take place in Mountjoy Square, where recent landscaping clearance now enables enjoyment of the full expanse of the square for the first time in decades. Comprehensive restoration of the original wrought-iron boundary railings is also underway as part of a larger plan to re-landscape the historic square in the coming years.


Tours take place all day on a first-come basis, no booking is required and all events are free.
Merrion Square – Evolution and Design Significance
Geraldine Walsh, Chief Executive Officer, Dublin Civic Trust
Meeting Point: Oscar Wilde Statue, inside the railings
Mountjoy Square – Dublin’s ‘True’ Georgian Square
Karin O’Flanagan, Resident and Chair of the Mountjoy Square Society
Meeting Point: Steps of 54 Mountjoy Square West
12.00pm & 1.00pm
Fitzwilliam Square – Dublin’s Pocket Square
Graham Hickey, Conservation Director, Dublin Civic Trust
Meeting Point: Dublin Bikes station on the Pembroke Street side
Directly followed at 1.00pm by a short tour of Fitzwilliam Square's private central garden with Rebecca Jeffares, Landscape Historian

11.00am - 4.00pm
Take a rare opportunity to enjoy free access all day to Fitzwilliam Square's private central garden
Also traditional lawn bowling with Anne O’Herlihy from 1.00pm
Complemented with musical entertainment

2.15pm & 3.30pm
Natural History Museum, Merrion Square
‘Zoo in my Garden’ children’s tours with Catherine McGuinness, exploring critters in your garden!

Parnell Square – Dublin’s First Georgian Square
James Kelly, Conservation Architect & Chairman, Dublin Civic Trust
Meeting Point: Gates to the Garden of Remembrance
St. Stephen’s Green – From Dublin's Renaissance to Victoriana
John McCullen, former OPW Park Superintendent, Phoenix Park
Meeting Point: Fusiliers’ Arch at the top of Grafton Street

To mark recent improvements to Mountjoy Square, including clearance of fencing and vegetation that allows sweeping views of the square for the first time in decades, we have arranged music and children's events right in the heart of Mountjoy Square Park. Take the opportunity to have a look at the ongoing pioneering restoration of the square's original wrought-iron railings, now largely complete on the south-west corner.
Rousing music with the Blanchardstown Brass Band
Art in the Park with artist Jo Callanan
Meet at the hard surface football area
Afro-Eire rhythm music
Nature Detectives with Sara Rublaca
Meet at the hard surface football area
Green Fingers - planting workshop for children