THE PEOPLES PARK IN WATERFORD
During this visit I noticed that the two cannons attracted more dogs than children.
This park is not as attractive as either the People’s Park in Limerick or the People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire but it is still worth a visit especially as it has two cannons.
About twenty cannons captured from the Russians during the Crimean War are on display in Irish towns and cities. Seven are in the grounds of Army barracks, but the remainder are in public parks or in town centres. Galway, Limerick and Waterford each have two Crimean cannons, and others are in Birr, Bunratty, Cobh, Dún Laoghaire, Ennis, Newry, Tralee and Trim.
I noticed that some descriptions of these old guns used the spelling canon rather canon so I decided to check: “Cannon, with two n’s, is a long heavy gun on wheels. Lose an n and the word canon is a set of rules or traditions. If you thought these words were spelled the same, you’re not wrong: they used to be.”