A beautiful City Centre Recreation Area
Generations of Cork citizens and visitors have enjoyed the tranquil atmosphere of Fitzgerald Park, people have strolled through the park.
The park is named after Edward Fitzgerald, the city’s Lord Mayor and Exhibition Committee chairman who was instrumental in organising Cork’s International Exhibition. The legacy of this ‘world trade fair’ is this oasis on the outskirts of Cork city which still features the original pavilion and ornamental fountain from the Exhibition era.
The gardens play host to Cork Museum, Natural Bakery Café, sculptures, a waterlily-bedecked pond, a variety of sculptures and one off the best children’s playgrounds in the country. Daly’s Bridge, built in 1926, connects Sundays Well Road with these charming formal gardens. This pedestrian bridge is made from timber planks and is known locally as the ‘Shakey Bridge’ which spans the river Lee, the habitat of many graceful swans.
The gardens were recently re-designed by Dermot Galvin in spectacular fashion. There is also an addition of a stage and arena area which plays host to plays, recitals, outdoor movie screenings and much more.