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    Phoenix Park Dublin – 4th July Fireworks

    The US Embassy Dublin has a long tradition of 4th of July, Independence Day, celebrations in the Phoenix Park, Dublin City. On 4th July at 11pm (GMT), Edward F. Crawford, the US Ambassador to Ireland will continue the fireworks tradition. The event is not open to the public but will be streamed live on US Embassy Dublin’s Instagram and Facebook page.

    The 2020 fireworks display will go forward in honour of Ireland’s front line workers for their incredible hard work and commitment during this extremely difficult time. The entire country give special thanks to them for their selfless efforts to try keep us all safe and well during the pandemic.

    Happy 4th July to all © Image from vox.com

    On your next visit to Dublin why not explore the lush expanses of the Phoenix Park?

    Park Life – 

    Dublin – a UNESCO City of Literature, founded by Vikings, buzzing with traditional pubs and home to Europe’s largest enclosed park. You can experience this city oasis for hours…… The Phoenix Park is teeming with beautiful stately homes and stunning sights, and it’s even got its own herd of fallow deer. The Phoenix Park is a stone’s throw from the bustling capital’s city centre – 20 minutes on public transport traveling by the River Liffey. But once you enter the gates, you could be a million miles away from the buzz of the lively urban hub.

    Originally formed as the Royal Hunting Park in the 1660s, it was opened to the public in 1747. A large herd of fallow deer arrived in the 17th century, and those you see roaming freely across the land are its descendants. With 1,752 acres to explore, the Phoenix Park is twice as big as New York’s Central Park.

    Deer In Phoenix Park © Fáilte Ireland

    US Ambassador Residence –  

    The Deerfield Residence is the official residence of the United States Ambassador to Ireland. Located in the Phoenix Park it was built in 1776 for Sir John Blaquiere, the Chief Secretary for Ireland. It was the residence of 69 Chief Secretaries between 1776 up until 1922 when Ireland gained its independence. After 1922 the USA was quick to recognize and establish diplomatic relations with the new Irish Free State and was offered this building as a residence for its Ambassador. It was appropriately coincidental that this building was built in 1776, the same year that The United States declared its own Independence.

    US Ambassador Residence Phoenix Park ©  US Embassy Ireland.

    Áras an Uachtaráin

    The ‘President’s Residence’ was built in 1751 by park ranger and amateur architect Nathaniel Clements, and only began housing the President of Ireland in 1938, a year after the role of President was established. The Áras is said to have inspired Irish-born architect James Hoban in his design for the White House in the United States.

    Ashtown Castle

    Dating back to the 15th century, Ashtown Castle is a medieval tower house that was originally hidden inside the walls of a Georgian mansion until 1978. It’s now part of the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, which displays an exhibition on the historical interpretations and wildlife of the Phoenix Park from 3500BC to today. The Ashtown Demesne also features a 19th century Victorian Kitchen Walled Garden.

    Phoenix Park Visitor Centre & Ashtown Castle ©  Failte Ireland

    Farmleigh Estate

    Used to house visiting dignitaries, Farmleigh House is only accessible to the public by guided tour, but its grounds are open for everyone to enjoy, as is its Gallery. Restored as a unique representation of the Edwardian period (early 20th century), the house has a thoroughly eclectic style. It was built by Arthur Guinness’ great-grandson – the family known for its famous black stout – and many of the artworks and furnishings remain at Farmleigh on loan from the Guinness family.

    On Your Bike 

    Make like a local by spending an afternoon cycling or walking through the Phoenix Park – There are 14 km network of cycle trails and nature walks within the Phoenix Park. Being that the Park is so vast, why not rent a bike to get around and see the sights – Phoenix Park Bikes are located at the main entrance to the Phoenix Park.

    Cycle past impressive monuments, including the Papal Cross – erected for the open air mass given by Pope John Paul II in 1979 – and the Wellington monument, the largest obelisk in Europe at 62m tall. You’ll also discover the star-shaped Magazine Fort on St Thomas Hill, close to the Islandbridge Gate, which used to store gun powder and ammunition for the British Army.

    Do you want to explore more of Dublin, its remarkable history and to unearth more of it’s treasures? Contact Specialized Travel Services by sending an email to newyork@special-ireland.com or fill in our Contact form

    Whether its your 1st time or your hundredth time you’ll find that Ireland’s capital has plenty to offer – A culture-packed hub of history, fine food, spectacular scenery – Dublin is the ultimate city experience!

    Specialized Travel Services would like to wish you, your family & friends a safe and wonderful 4th of July! May it be filled with great memories, an opportunity to count your blessings, and to truly appreciate your life, your freedom and the beauty of the world.

    American Embassy Gates ©  Failte Ireland

     

     

    Note: Featured image at the top of the blog is an aerial view of Aras an Uachtarain in the Phoenix Park © Fáilte Ireland


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