Leaning on a Lamp-post

Merrion Square is a delicious little park right in the heart of Dublin that manages to slip under the radar of most visitors to the city. Similar to the nearby and more well-known St. Stephen’s Green, it is a Georgian square that once jealously guarded its gates, only allowing access to the residents of the grand houses surrounding the square. In 1930 it was purchased by the Roman Catholic Church as a site to build a cathedral, but the project never came to fruition and in 1974 the church transferred the land to Dublin Corporation for use as a public park. While I am sure the planned cathedral would have looked very grand indeed, I couldn’t imagine Dublin without this gem of a park.

One of the many things I love about the square is the eclectic mix of old Dublin lamp-posts scattered randomly through the park. Today Dublin sports shiny new lamp posts like this…

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…but a wander through Merrion Square transports you to the streets of Dublin’s past. Here are a few of the old Dublin lamp-posts that caught my eye last time I wandered through the park, all beautiful in their own way, perfectly imperfect with their clouded glass and broken bulbs.

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xxx Ailsa

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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25 Responses to Leaning on a Lamp-post

  1. I love the lamp posts in Dublin also.

  2. thom bradley says:

    You have inspired me to look more carefully at the lampposts here in NYC.

  3. allysonyj says:

    What a lovely and unusual series of photographs! Lampposts in my part of the world (US West Coast) have much less history to draw on, and still I will notice them more thanks to your post

  4. aj vosse says:

    You’re so right… it is neglected in so many minds. I, for one, think I have only ever taken a quick dash through, never stopping. I’ll have to change that so maybe these will illuminate my visit! 😉

  5. tgeriatrix says:

    Very pretty! I love this kind of lamps.

  6. Sallyann says:

    Perfectly imperfect, a wonderful description. I know exactly what you mean. 🙂

  7. Sue says:

    Glorious! Perfectly imperfect, as you say

  8. Just Jude says:

    What a wonderful place to visit. I love spaces like these, missed by the masses but loved by the few. Your photos bring out the best of the history you speak of. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I love lamp posts. They show a lot about a city. These are great.

  10. Melissa Shaw-Smith says:

    Lovely lamp posts! I was born in the Rotunda and came home to live for the first few years of my life in a small flat on Merrion Square. I have fleeting memories of playing in the park. And later would walking through it on our way to the wonderful old Natural History Museum. Thanks for the memories!

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh what lovely memories, Melissa, glad I could bring you for a walk down memory lane (or rather, through memory park!) 🙂

  11. I love Ireland. I have been three times and will be back this summer. Thank you for pointing out something beautiful and interesting that I had not thought to pay attention to.

  12. pdjpix says:

    Lamp posts are cool and unique and provide a great perspective of the streets cape especially when you get down low. Love these and completely didn’t notice them the one time that I visited Dublin many years ago. Regards Peet

  13. I’m a sucker for cool lamp posts too. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled on our very flying visit to Dublin this summer. On that note, what would you recommend to a traveller who has one full day in Dublin?

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