Thursday, 7th March 2019
In preparation for the Final Mass for the World Meeting of Families 2018, a number of gates in the Phoenix Park were removed for health and safety reasons so as to ensure the safe and free movement of people and vehicles before and after the event on Sunday 26 August. As part of the project plan, for the temporary removal and reinstatement of the gates under Section 5 of the Planning and Development Act 2000, the OPW plans to undertake conservation work at the following entrances:
- North Circular Road Gate (c1906)
- Grangegorman Gate on Blackhorse Avenue (c1906)
- Cabra Gate (c1835)
- Ashtown Gate (c1835)
- Castleknock Gate (c1834)
- Chapelizod Gate (c1833)
- Islandbridge Gate (c1833)
These entrances to the Park were originally installed between 1833 and 1906. The gates were later removed and reinstalled for the Eucharistic Congress in 1932 and again in 1979 for the visit of Pope John Paul II. The gates are now in need of significant refurbishment and it is a condition of the planning consent granted by Dublin City Council for the temporary removal of the gates that, as part of the reinstatement phase, each gate and entrance will be fully conserved and restored. Conservation practice and skills have improved dramatically since the gates were last removed in 1979 and so it is timely now to undertake the appropriate refurbishment of these important historic structures.
The OPW is providing Architectural (Conservation), Civil and Structural Engineering and Project Management services for this project with external architectural and quantity surveying support. Given the unique nature of the gates, railings, piers and abutment walls, a comprehensive specification for each gate, photographic records and detailed conservation reports have been developed by conservation specialists over the last number of months.
The works to repair and reinstate the gates and entrances will be contracted through a competitive tender process in compliance will public procurement law. It is not possible at this stage to give a definitive date for the completion of this work and we ask for the public’s patience as we ensure that this important conservation project is delivered to the highest standards. Further updates will be available here and on our social media pages on Facebook and Twitter.