Fitzgerald’s Park was originally the site of the Cork Exhibition, held in1902/03, a commercial and industrial showcase for the city economy. Thegrounds were laid out in a part formal, part romantic design with a largepond and fountain as the focus. After the exhibition the grounds weremade over to Cork Corporation to be managed for the benefit of the peopleof Cork. The Park is named after Edward Fitzgerald who was Lord Mayorof Cork 1901 – 1902 and Chairman of the Exhibition Committee ofthe Incorporated Cork International Exhibition Association.
The park still retains a mix of formality and romance, with trim geometric flower beds contrasting with winding wooded paths – trees slant over a riverbank that is dotted with haphazard plantings of bulbs and herbaceous perennials, while a pristine rose garden is a riot of colour in June and July. The small Arts and Crafts style building, now known as the President and Lord Mayor’s Pavilion, was originally the ladies’ rest room and tea rooms of the Cork Exhibition. Cork Public Museum is situated in the Park in the house known at the time of the Exhibition as ‘The Shrubbery House’, which served as the administrative Centre for the great undertaking. A wing has been added, in cool modern style, to complement the severe Georgian lines of the building. Tucked in between the Museum and the riverbank is a cafe with indoor and outdoor tables, a perfect place to sit and contemplate life.
All Parks open at 8am Monday to Friday and at 10am every Saturday,Sunday & Bank Holiday, closing times vary, please check the councilwebsite for the latest information.
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