RESTORED FOUNTAIN AT HERBERT PARK IN BALLSBRIDGE
Here is a comment that I made back in October 2015: “People living near Herbert Park have been lobbying Dublin City Council for some time to fix it up. Last week, the council revealed its new draft plan to do that. Among other proposals, the Herbert Park Conservation and Management Plan suggests that the water fountain be restored to working order, and that the railings be refurbished. It also suggests that the trees be thinned, and the paths be given more definition.”
Since then the park has change and while the fountain may have been restored [and I do like it] some elements have disappeared because of storm damage and anti-social activity.
Early in 2018 the fire brigade responded to reports of a fire in Donnybrook’s Herbert Park but but park management were relieved that it was a disused shelter rather than the famous bandstand that was set alight by vandals.
The bandstand, which was not damaged, featured in the video for Phil Lynott’s 1982 hit Old Town.
I did try to photograph the old shelter in 2018 but could not because of anti-social behaviour so I was not surprised to learn that it had been set alight. I do have a photograph from 2014 which I will make available.