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The entrance to the Phoenix Park at Parkgate Street.
The entrance to the Phoenix Park at Parkgate Street.
Image: Sheelagh Duff/OPW

In pics: Marking the 350th anniversary of Phoenix Park

The pen and ink drawings by the Irish artist Sheelagh Duff are part of a free exhibition in the Phoenix Park until the end of November.
Oct 29th 2012, 8:30 AM 11,092 15

A NEW EXHIBITION of pen and ink drawings of the Phoenix Park is now open as part of its 350th anniversary.

Sixty of the 150 drawing by Irish artist Sheelagh Duff are currently on display – free of charge – in the gallery of the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre until the end of November.

Originally commissioned by the Office of Public Works (OPW) in 1987, the “Illustrated Record of the Phoenix Park” have been in storage since first being displayed.

The slideshow below shows six of these drawings that appear at the exhibition, with their captions written by retired Chief Park Superintendent, Dr John McCullen.

Speaking at the launch of the exhibition, the Minister of State with special responsibility for the OPW, Brian Hayes TD,  said:

This Park is a vibrant part of Dublin’s city life, with close to 9 million visitors each year, including pedestrians, cyclists and commuters. The wonderful Victorian Kitchen Garden, Ashtown Castle and the excellent children’s playground are just some of the myriad reasons why city dwellers flock to this green oasis.

(Images courtesy of Sheelagh Duff/OPW. Words by Dr John McCullen)

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