I HAVE TRIED FOR YEARS TO DETERMINE THE PURPOSE OF THIS
As well as providing a pleasant promenade close to the city, the Walk was a venue for entertainment provided by local bands, and particularly those of Regiments stationed in the city at different times. The base of the bandstand, can be seen beyond the new car park at the foot of the lane between Dukes Meadows and the Castle grounds.
Sinéad O’Connor was a truly unique and iconic artist, and her death is a great loss to the world. In her memory there have been a number of memorials.
I visited Phoenix Park on Friday and at the bandstand near the Zoo I came across what I would describe as an impromptu memorial to Sinéad O’Connor … sorry about the quality of the photographs but my camera was giving me problems and I did not want to reposition any of the items.
Impromptu memorials to the deceased have become a common feature of the national and international landscape and they have greatly increased in frequency here in Ireland and especially in Dublin. They take many forms and represent various types of deaths; nonetheless, they have in common the expression of mourning for the deceased, regardless of whether or not the mourner personally knew the deceased. The site of the impromptu memorial may be located by the roadside, as in the case of a motor vehicle fatality, or outside a building associated with the deceased. In this instance it was a bandstand which may have been chosen as Sinead was a very popular musician.
The Bandstand at Phoenix Park is a freestanding octagonal-plan cast-iron bandstand, built c. 1890. It is located in the Hollow, a natural amphitheatre in the park, near the People’s Garden.
The bandstand was manufactured by Musgrave & Co. of Belfast, as marked with an ornamental escutcheon on one of the pillars flanking the steps. It is surrounded by tarmcadam hard standings, with grass and mature trees beyond.
The bandstand was originally used for military bands, but it is now used for a variety of events, including concerts, recitals, and dance performances. It is also a popular spot for weddings and photo shoots. The bandstand is a beautiful and historic landmark in Phoenix Park. It is a reminder of the park’s rich history of music and entertainment. It is also a popular spot for people to relax and enjoy the outdoors
I have photographed this bandstand a number of times but this time I had a number of problems but the main one was that I had to edit out a number of children who kept getting in the way but it is nice to see that they like the structure as much, if not more, than I do.
The other issue is that they structure is no longer uniformly white and there is much discolouration which appears to be much uglier in the images than it is in reality.
Here is how the developer (Darmody Architecture) described the structure: “Understanding the client brief in terms of the desire for innovation together with the need for a functioning pavilion was a clear starting point. This led us to a sculptural form which embraces the functionality of a performance space while being a poetic element in its own right. Our studies of fluid forms guided us to an aerodynamic structural skeleton with a technical skin inspired by the engineering of modern aircraft and its composite elements. This development of a fluid skin allowed us to explore and enjoy the idea of the lightness and the vitality of summer light. The canopy form was manipulated and folded creating the implied enclosure of space and light.”
The Mardyke is an area in Cork city, on the northern half of the long western part of the island formed by the two channels of the River Lee near the city centre. It was historically left as open space because the land along the north channel of the river is prone to flooding. From east to west these open spaces are: Presentation Brothers College, a boy’s secondary school; the Mardyke ground of Cork County Cricket Club; Fitzgerald Park, which includes Cork Public Museum; Sunday’s Well Lawn Tennis Club; and the athletic grounds of University College Cork.
THE HOLLOW IN PHOENIX PARK FEATURING AN ELEGANT BANDSTAND
The main feature, manufactured by Musgrave & Co. of Belfast, is described as a freestanding octagonal-plan cast-iron bandstand, built c.1890. Concrete podium with later ramped circular stone base, edged with granite kerb. Accessed by concrete steps on south side. Octagonal lead roof supported on eight cast-iron posts with three decorative iron brackets springing from each. Each post has splayed panelled base, inverted fluting on lower section and capital. Timber sheeted ceiling divided into eight sections by ribs, with central hub. Escutcheon marked ‘Musgrave & Co.’ to one post. Set in Phoenix Park surrounded by tarmcadam hard standings, with grass and mature trees beyond.
PAVILION OF LIGHT BANDSTAND AT FITZGERALD’S PARK ON THE MARDYKE
“The redevelopment of Fitzgerald’s Park has created a state-of-the-art public facility in the heart of the city. The thoughtful re-imagining of the space, driven by the relocation of the bandstand to the front lawn, was integral to the success of the scheme and of reinventing the park. The Pavilion is now a modern landmark, conjuring memories of the grand bandstand of the international exhibition held at the site in 1902. Its success has acted as a catalyst for community engagement and has facilitated a range of events enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. As an icon of collective memory, it forms the heart of a wider community, designed to serve diverse ages and interests. It is a wonderful facility, whose flexibility of use will attract visitors from near and far for years to come as the park evolves and grows.”
Fitzgerald’s Park or, if you prefer, Fitzgerald Park is a public park in Cork city and the location of the Cork Public Museum.The park is located on the Mardyke and is a short distance from Cork city centre and University College Cork.
The park was originally the site of the 1902 Cork International Exhibition, a world’s fair showcasing the city’s economy. After the exhibition the grounds were converted into a public park, with a large pond and fountain as the main focus. The park was named for Edward Fitzgerald, the then incumbent Lord Mayor of Cork and proposer of the Cork International Exhibition.
The park is approximately 12 acres in size and contains a pond, the Cork Public Museum, sculpture trail, bandstand, a café and a large children’s play area. The area of the park is joined to Sunday’s Well across the River Lee by Daly’s bridge (a pedestrian suspension bridge known locally as the “Shakey Bridge”).