THE LIFFEY VALLEY PARK

The River Liffey forms a landscape of great natural beauty and immense recreational potential. It runs first through the broad meadows of Straffan and Celbridge, on through the valley and eskers of Leixlip, Lucan and Palmerstown, and then to the parklands of Chapelizod, lslandbridge and the Phoenix Park.

The Liffey Valley is replete with history; its archeological remains bear testimony to early settlers. Along the valley are holy wells and Celtic churches, medieval abbeys and castles. There are echoes of Isolde in Chapelizod and of Swift and Vanessa in Celbridge. Many parkiands created in the 18th and 19th centuries, including buildings of architectural and historical importance, are features of the valley today

KEY FEATURES OF THE VALLEY

Public recreation:   Phoenix Park, Memorial Park, Farmleigh House, Waterstown Park, Shackleton’s Anna Liffey Mills, Lucan Demesne Park, Castletown House & Demesne.

Private recreation:   Hermitage Golf Club, Luttrellstown Castle Golf Club, Westmanstown Garda Sports Centre, Lucan Golf Club, Weston Aerodrome, Barnhall Rugby Club, Celbridge Abbey, Straffan Steam Museum, The Kildare Hotel and Country Club.

Institutions:   Glenmaroon, Stewart’s Hospital, The King’s Hospital, Castleknock College, St Edmunsbury Hospital, Italian Embassy - Lucan House.

 

WHY A LIFFEY VALLEY PARK?

The Liffey Valley is a vital green lung for the burgeoning new communities of West Dublin and North Kildare.

The Liffey Valley, together with Dublin Bay & the Dublin-Wicklow Mountains, are the major natural amenities of the Greater Dublin Area.

The Liffey Valley has enormous amenity, recreational & tourism potential.

      All of this is threatened by the encroachment of residential development into the valley.

 

AN ASSET OF REGIONAL

AND NATIONAL IMPORTANCE.

 

HOW IT CAN BE ACHIEVED

The first step - the permanent retention of the High Amenity & Agriculture zonings - will cost nothing.

Through the creation of a political climate to conserve the valley as a National or Regional Park

The Lagan Valley Regional Park, established by three local authorities between Belfast & Lisburn, may be an appropriate model

A UNIQUE CONCEPT

IN RECREATIONAL

CONSERVATION

 

 

What Can You Do To Help?

Support The Liffey Valley Park Alliance in its work.

Encourage your Residents’ Association or Community Council to give its support.

Lobby Dublin, Fingal, South Dublin & Kildare Councillors.

Lobby your T.D.s - make the Park an issue when your vote is sought in the next General Election.

        Use and enjoy the Liffey Valley recreational facilities which are available and any new ones that are created.

 

If you want to know more, or you wish to become actively involved,

Contact:

Guss O'Connell,


47 Palmerstown Green,
Dublin 20.
626 8554 E Mail oconnellguss@eircom.net

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