THE PEOPLES’ PARK IS A FAVOURITE OF MINE
The Peoples’ Park is a park located by Pery Square in Limerick, just west of the railway station and bus terminal.
The Park boasts a number of interesting items including a memorial upon a giant pillar to Thomas Spring Rice, MP for the city of Limerick from 1820 – 1832, a 19th-century Bandstand, an ornate drinking fountain (which I really like) and two gazebos.
The park was forced to close for two weeks in February 2014 after Storm Darwin destroyed or badly damaged nineteen trees.
Of the nineteen one was one was especially important as it was both old and rare. The ornamental tree known as a ‘Tetradium Danielli” was about 80 or 90 years old. It is also referred to as a Bee Bee tree because it’s late summer flowers attract very large numbers of bees. The park supervisor decided that it would be a good idea to invite Zambian woodcarver Paradazi Havatyitye to carve three bees in the remaining stump. The park now features a number of ‘chainsaw sculptures’.