Wednesday, 11 November 2009



From the city centre centre you can take the number 8 bus or, if you prefer, walk the Irish mile or so to Fitzgerald’s Park, one of the oldest in the city and a big favourite with strollers and families. The river runs alongside and the centre-piece is an ornamental pond with fountain.

Families are drawn to the playground, which was equipped with state-of-the-art play equipment and a safety surface in 1997. More recently a skateboard area has been added.

In addition, there are many trees and plantings of shrubs and flowers throughout the park and also quite a few pieces of sculpture, including two by Seamus Murphy. Also situated in the Park is the Cork Museum which is open to the public each day. Close to the Museum is a pavilion erected in 1902 for the Cork International Exhibition (the park was presented to the city in 1903). If you need a bite to eat or just a coffee, then the Riverview cafe is near to the museum, and you may watch the River Lee roll by as you relax.

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