Making The Liberties Cleaner and Greener

A major programme of investment by Dublin City Council is underway to improve the quality of streets and public spaces in The Liberties. The Council adopted The Liberties Greening Strategy in 2014 setting out a series of projects to renew historic streetscapes and develop new public spaces, to increase tree cover and provide new parks, and to improve the quality of the environment through measures such as Sustainable Urban Drainage systems (SUDs) and the installation of energy efficient street lighting.  You can find out more about some of the projects currently in train below.

Thomas Street Renewal

Since 2014 Dublin City Council has progressed a major renewal of Thomas Street and James Street – the main thoroughfare through The Liberties. Pavement and street surfaces have been renewed, almost 60 new heritage lighting columns are being installed, and crossings, bus and traffic infrastructure have been improved. Over 90 decorative tree planters and troughs now ‘green’ the route from High Street to the fountain at James Street. The new planters and street lighting have been grant assisted by Fáilte Ireland under its Dubline capital investment fund. In addition, an ongoing programme of shopfront and building improvements is restoring one of the most historic streetscapes in the city.

Weaver Park

Weaver Park entrance

Weaver Park is the first new purpose-built park to be developed in The Liberties since St Patrick’s Park in the early 20th century. The new park is locate on Cork Street, adjoining The Tenters, and its name reflects the historic trade of weaving that once dominated this part of the city. The park is a flagship project of The Liberties Greening Strategy and its design involved extensive local community engagement and participation. Officially opened in October 2017, the park includes active and passive play areas, planted areas, integrated skateboard-friendly features and a performance space.

Newmarket

Newmarket View

The historic marketplace of Newmarket is undergoing dramatic change, rapidly becoming a new destination for visitors to the area. Already bustling from its regular markets, the arrival of Teeling Whiskey Distillery in 2015 added a new dimension to the square. Dublin City Council, together with Urban Agency architects, now propose to radically redesign Newmarket and its adjoining streets, creating a pedestrianised space at the heart of the square and improving pavements, street lighting, street planting and other features. The project received planning permission in Summer 2017 and is now subject to detailed design.

Francis Street

Francis Street is one of the area’s most historic streets and is best known today as Dublin’s Art & Antiques Quarter. The street is lined with small businesses but also has a diverse community living on the street and on adjoining streets. A public realm improvement of Francis Street is now proposed, widening pavements and reordering parking, new high quality stone paving will be used and landscaping will be provided. Developed by Ait Urbanism + Landscape for Dublin City Council, the plans envisaged two threshold spaces to the front of Iveagh Market and St Nicholas de Myra Church. The scheme received its part 8 in summer 2017 and the expectation is to commence work on the street in 2018..

Bridgefoot Street Park

A new park at Bridgefoot Street is the second flagship project of The Liberties Greening Strategy. The planned park will see a currently vacant site, previously occupied by housing, transformed into an amenity area for the considerable community living in the area. A design team led by Dermot Foley Landscape Architects has been appointed and a design process, involving extensive community engagement, was undertaken in Spring 2017. A planning application process, known as Part 8, is currently underway.

Crane Street and Sugar House Lane

Despite its size, Crane Street is one of the busiest pedestrian routes in the area, forming as it does the main approach to The Guinness Storehouse – Ireland’s biggest visitor attraction. The Storehouse welcomed over 1.6m visitors in 2016 but for most its a less than ideal approach. Work will commence in September 2017 on a scheme to widen and repave both pavements along Crane Street and Sugar House Lane, to relay historic kerbs and setts and to make repairs to parts of adjoining Rainsford Street and School Street. The route will also be ‘greened’ with new planters and trees on School Street. The project will entail alternative traffic arrangements for vehicles larger than 3 tonnes and the removal of coach and pay parking on Crane Street.

St Audoen’s Park & Grounds

The public meeting will be held to discuss the future of Saint Audoen's Park

The historic churches of St Audoen’s on High Street are notable landmarks at the entrance to The Liberties. The complex includes St Audoen’s Church of Ireland (the city’s oldest surviving parish church) and the famous steps and gate through a remaining section of Dublin’s old city wall. The adjoining park requires new investment and work is agreed to improve entrances, enhance circulation and views into the park and to develop an innovative children’s adventure play area in partnership with Bloom Fringe. A portion of the work will commence later in 2017.