When I was photographing this area someone asked me for directions to Jervis Street railway station … I assumed that they were looking for the nearby tram stop.
I think that the official name is Wolfe Tone Park but it’s more commonly referred to as Wolfe Tone Square. It’s a public space bounded by Mary Street to the north, Jervis Street to the east, and Wolfe Tone Street to the west. It’s a popular spot for outdoor events, street performers, and buskers.
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Today Sunday 8th October 2023 I decided to investigate the new 99 bus route servicing Phoenix Park. I arrived at the Parkgate bus stop  at 15:25 expecting a bus to arrive at 15:30 but the bus did not arrive until 15:45. It would appear that the timetable only shows the times that the buses depart from the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre rther than from Patkgate Street and this is confusing to say the least.
Initially, the new shuttle bus service will run between Parkgate Street and the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, via Chesterfield Avenue. Stops include Parkgate Street entrance and popular visitor attractions like Dublin Zoo and the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre. Visitors to Áras an Uachtaráin will be also facilitated with stops close to the Phoenix Monument. The Phoenix Park Transport and Mobility Options Study, developed by the Office of Public Works, the NTA, Dublin County Council and Fingal County Council, identified the need for a bus service to the park as part of its ambition to reduce private car usage, enhance sustainable transportation modes for visitors and commuters, and minimize the impact of vehicles on the park and its surroundings.
The study found that public transport accounts for an 18% share of all trips with a destination in Phoenix Park. As the largest park in Dublin, with numerous significant attractions and thousands of annual visitors, the new shuttle service will help to increase the numbers accessing the park via public transport.
The new bus route has been designed to allow a greater number of trips to be facilitated by public transport to and from the Phoenix Park, taking into consideration the sensitive environment of the Phoenix Park. Once the service is operational, The NTA will assess customer feedback and demand, adjusting the hours of operation where required.
Aoife Bambury is a Kildare based contemporary visual artist and sculptor, whose current practice is focused on modernist sculpture, using bronze as the core material. Through her process, and working of the bronze, her work can take on the appearance of different materials, and at first glance could be manufactured from vinyl or another plastic.
Utilising her interest in human-made, utilitarian objects and the climate action movements, Aoife’s work includes abstracted elements from the natural and animal world. She is concerned with documenting human interventions and interference in the natural world and in the contrast and chaos that results. The images taken during this process of documentation are incorporated by Aoife into her photographic prints. The stark contrast of nature with objects left behind through human interference also inform the shapes and undulations of her recent sculptures. Her work is intended to convey reactionary responses connected to our inability to co-exist peacefully with the planet that sustains us. Her work is an abstracted reflection of how she perceives and attempts to make personal sense of changing cultural habit
Wicklow artist Alan Clarke has become the only Irish person to be accepted as a member of the internationally acclaimed Society of Portrait Sculptors.
The Office of Public Works (OPW) is host to Sculpture in Context at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin. Showcasing sculpture for over 35 years, this annual event is the longest-running, largest and most important sculpture exhibition in the country, attracting a large public and critical audience. This cultural highlight in the National Botanic Gardens’ calendar runs from 7 September until 13 October, is free of charge and open daily.
The artworks in this year’s exhibition receive a spectacular presentation throughout the 50 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, allowing visitors to discover sculpture in the most unexpected and surprising places. Smaller sculptures will be exhibited throughout the glasshouses and in the Gallery upstairs in the Visitor Centre.
Bringing together the work of more than 140 artists – including Alan Clarke, Eileen MacDonagh, Róisín de Buitléar, Shane Holland and Sara Cunningham-Bell – using an incredible range of media, these works of art represent the richly diverse character of Irish and international contemporary sculpture.
Artists have been inspired by themes such as wildlife, ecology, climate change and homelessness. From the smallest, most intricate ceramic works to stone sculptures of a monumental scale, visitors to the exhibition will be enriched by the experience of viewing such inspiring works in one location. The artistic integrity and technical skill involved in creating the works is evident throughout and highlights the breadth and depth of artistic talent and skill in Ireland today.
This year’s programme will include a suite of lectures on Saturday, the 9th and Sunday, the 10th of September from 3-4:30pm, by artists Eileen MacDonagh and Conall O’Caoimh and renowned plantsman, Jimi Blake, as well as guided tours of the outdoor sculptures on Saturdays at 11am.
Michael Charles Keane is a Dublin based, self-taught sculptor. Michael works mostly with Bronze and he is very much at home with representational work ie Figurative and Animal sculpture.
He is based in Dublin Ireland and for the most part of his Sculptural Career he works alone however Michael has collaborated with other like minded sculptors on many large scale projects over the years with great success.
With a Certificate in Fine Art and an Advanced Diploma in Fine Art Sculpture from DIT Dublin Michael has also accumulated vast experience in Bronze Casting, Ceramics, Portraiture and Mould Making.
Influenced by the Classical Sculptors and more modern Sculptors such as Rodin, Alberto Giacometti and Animal Sculptor Anna Hyatt-Huntington, Michael is always evolving his art form.