THE BRONZE COW DECIDED TO MOVE FROM WOLFE TONE SQUARE TO WOOD QUAY WHERE THE GRASS IS GREENER
Ag Crú na Gréine “Enjoying the Sun” (2003) by Jackie McKenna
I only recently discovered the details of a hotel that is to be constructed beside Wolfe Tone Park https://www.totarch.ie/project.php?id=220
Today when I visited Wolfe Tone Square, where the Tram Cafe is located, I noticed that the big bronze cow was missing and I was a bit surprised that I had not noticed until now as I visit at least twice every day.
About four hours later I visited the Dublin Civic Offices at Wood Quay and guess what? the cow had moved [I assume because there was grass at Wolfe Tone Square]
According to an official that I spoke to: “the Bronze Cow has been temporarily relocated from Wolfe Tone Square & will return once the refurbishment works have been completed”.
Wolfe Tone Park, sometimes known as Wolfe Tone Square, is a public space in Dublin, Ireland. Named for Theobald Wolfe Tone (1763–1798), the park is the site of a graveyard that was attached to St. Mary’s Church. The graveyard was deconsecrated in 1966 and laid out as a green park. In 1998, Dublin City Council held an international competition to redesign the park, which was won by Peter Cody of Boyd Cody Architects. The park in its current form was completed in 2001.
The park is the final resting place of the United Irishman Archibald Hamilton Rowan (1751–1834), Mary Mercer, founder of Mercer’s Hospital (died 1734), the philosopher Francis Hutcheson (1694–1746), Sir Boyle Roche, 1st Baronet (1736–1807), an Irish politician and member of the Irish House of Commons, parish rector William Fletcher (1715–1771), and Lord Norbury (1745–1831; known colloquially as the hanging judge).
Since the park layout was changed, the park had been made available by Dublin City Council for events – such as the Dublin Fringe Festival. However, following a campaign from local residents to restore “Wolfe Tone Park as a non-commercial green space”, as of 2015, there has been debate in the Council as to the future use of the park.