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Dublin in County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland — Mid-East (and Dublin)

Saint Patrick’s Park

Páirc Naomh Pádraig

Saint Patrick's Park / Páirc Naomh Pádraig Marker image. Click for full size.
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1. Saint Patrick's Park / Páirc Naomh Pádraig Marker
Tradition has it that Saint Patrick baptised the first Irish Christians in a well, situated here in St. Patrick's Park, with water from the River Poddle, which still flows underground. A small wooden church was erected here to commemorate the event. The parish church on this site was known as Saint Patrick's in Insula (on the island) because it was located on an island between two branches of the River Poddle. In 1191 John Comyn, the first Anglo-Norman Archbishop of Dublin, gave the church the status of a collegiate church served by a large body of clergy devoted equally to worship and learning.

The church was raised to Cathedral status in 1213 at which time the Lady Chapel was added as part of extensive renovation. About 100 years later the spire was blown down and a fire damaged the church during a period of civil unrest. Archbishop Thomas Minot added the great tower at the western end of the north wall when rebuilding the church.

After the reformation the Cathedral was once more reduced to the status of a parish church but had, by 1555, regained it's Cathedral status. Large parts of the present building were a result
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of the work of Sir Benjamin Guinness and were carried out from 1864 onwards. The tomb of Dean Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels, can be found in the south aisle of the nave of the Cathedral.

Edward Cecil Guinness, Lord Iveagh, developed this park and the original layout, which has remained basically unchanged, drawn up by Arthur Dudgeon, was completed in 1904. Recent additions to the park include the Liberty Bell by Vivienne Roche, which was chosen for the Millenium Sculpture Exhibition. Dublin City Council now manages the park.

[Gaelic language version not available at this time]
Erected by City of Dublin.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicChurches & ReligionEducationParks & Recreational Areas.
Location. 53° 20.398′ N, 6° 16.324′ W. Marker is in Dublin, Leinster, in County Dublin. Marker is on Patrick Street (National Route 81), on the left when traveling south. Marker is about 50 feet north of the cathedral tower. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dublin, Leinster 8, Ireland. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Patrick's Cathedral (here, next to this marker); Dublin Millenium Literary Parade (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Chris Reid Oral History Artwork Project
Saint Patrick's Park / Páirc Naomh Pádraig Marker image. Click for full size.
April 6, 2009
2. Saint Patrick's Park / Páirc Naomh Pádraig Marker
Looking northeast across Patrick Street. St. Patrick's Well marker to right of marker.
(about 210 meters away); James Clarence Mangan (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Veronica Guerin (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Castle Hall (approx. half a kilometer away); Site of St Olave's Church / Láthair Eaglais Amhlaoibh (approx. half a kilometer away); First Performance of Handel's Messiah (approx. half a kilometer away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dublin.
Saint Patrick's Well Marker image. Click for full size.
April 6, 2009
3. Saint Patrick's Well Marker
"Near here is the reputed site of the well where St. Patrick baptissed many of the local inhabitants in the fifth century A.D."
Saint Patrick's Park View image. Click for full size.
April 6, 2009
4. Saint Patrick's Park View
Looking northeast across park from near markers.
Saint Patrick's Cathedral and Park image. Click for full size.
April 6, 2009
5. Saint Patrick's Cathedral and Park
View across park, looking southwest.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 15, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,750 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 15, 2009.

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