After an unbelievably delicious breakfast at Hatch and Son’s, Taylor and I crossed the street into an oasis of Dublin. As we entered St. Stephen’s Green, Taylor and I were engulfed in a mass of pigeons flying toward a child with bird food. Once we were free from the flock, we discovered all that St. Stephen’s Green has to offer.
St. Stephens is one of the most beautiful features of Dublin. An oblong pond extends the length of one side of the park and is crossed in the middle by the O’Connell stone bridge. The bridge is guarded on either side by picturesque Weeping Ash trees. The opposite side of the park is a grassy recreation area shaded by some of the park’s 700+ trees. The footpaths from either side converge on the central green that boasts several vibrant flower beds and small trees.
During our walk around the park, Taylor and I noticed several monuments including The O’Donovan Rossa. This large stone is set with the likeness of prominent Irish Republican Brotherhood member Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa. We also found The Three Fates, the WolfeTone & Famine Memorial, and the statue of Lord Ardilaun. Whether you visit the park for the monuments, the green scenery, or the birds, it’s a perfect retreat from the buzzing Dublin city streets.