Saturday, January 5, 2013

Bushy Park In Terenure (Dublin) - New Years Day 2013

Bushy Park is a large, 20.5 hectares (51 acres), suburban public park in Terenure, Dublin, Ireland.

There is a children's playground, an extensive wooded area, with walks to the banks of the Dodder (with access over a footbridge to the Rathfarnham area), a woodland pond, a duck pond, and a recently reopened kiosk.

In front of the duck pond is a high hill, and east of the pond is a starting point for the woodland walk, beside a small cascade.

The park is a good place for birdwatching - among the species which may be seen are sparrow hawk, treecreeper and kingfisher.

The park has football fields, a skateboarding area and 11 tennis courts.

Bushy Park House was originally owned by Arthur Bushe of Dangan, County Kilkenny, Secretary to the Revenue Commissioners who built the house, originally known as "Bushe's House" in 1700 on a site of four hectares. John Hobson became the owner in 1772 and changed the name of the house to Bushy Park, possibly after Bushy Park in London.

The third owner was Abraham Wilkinson who in 1791 added almost 40 extra hectares to this estate when his only daughter Maria married Robert Shaw who was first baronet, Member of Parliament and Lord Mayor of Dublin. In 1796 he gave the house and estate as a dowry to the couple. Bushy Park House became the seat of Sir Robert Shaw when he left nearby Terenure House.

The Shaw family was connected with Bushy Park until they sold the house and grounds to Dublin City Council (formerly Dublin Corporation) in 1953. The house and eight hectares of the grounds were then sold in 1955 by Dublin City Council to the Religious of Christian Education (an order of teaching Sisters founded in Normandy in 1817), where they established Our Lady's School for girls.

Dublin City Council re-acquired 2 acres (8,100 m2) of woodland in 1992.

In 2008 (when I last visited the area) there were plans to refurbish Bushy Park House however as I did not get a chance to visit the actual house I do not know if any work has been undertaken.

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