Bishop Lucey Park
Grand Parade, Cork City, Cork,
Mrs Emer O'Callaghan
Bishop Lucey Park, in Cork City, was opened in 1986 during the Cork 800 celebration year. Immediately inside the gates you will see a portion of the old city walls which have been excavated and restored.
Bishop Lucey Park, in Cork City, was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Cork Alderman Dan Wallace, TD, on 6 December 1985. The park, which is bounded by the Grand Parade, Tuckey Street, the South Main Street and Christ Church Lane, was named in honour of Bishop Cornelius Lucey who was the Roman Catholic bishop of Cork for over 30 years.
This is a small City Centre green space sandwiched between large buildings on Cork’s showpiece street, Grand Parade. The large gate leads one to believe it will be bigger inside, but nevertheless what it lacks in size it makes up for in atmosphere. All sorts of people use it daily.
Among the interesting features of the park is the entrance archway, which was originally the entrance of the former corn market in Anglesea Street, before the archway was disassembled and later reassembled at the park entrance. Just inside the entrance a section of the old wall of Cork is visible. There are two notable sculptures in the park. The 'Onion Seller', a bronze sculpture commemorating the street traders on Cornmarket Street by Seamus Murphy, and a bronze fountain with eight swans by John Behan symbolizing Cork's 800 years as a chartered city.