Marlay Park
Marlay Park is a 121 hectares (299 acre) suburban public park located in Rathfarnham
Rathfarnham or Rathfarnam is a Southside suburb of Dublin, Ireland. It is south of Terenure, east of Templeogue, and is in the postal districts of Dublin 14 and 16. It is within the administrative areas of both Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown and South Dublin County Councils.The area of Rathfarnham...

 in the administrative area of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown
Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown is a county in Ireland. It is one of three smaller counties into which County Dublin was divided in 1994. Located to the south-east of Dublin city, its county seat is the town of Dún Laoghaire. It is one of the four constituent parts of the Dublin Region...

, in Co. Dublin
County Dublin
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, Ireland
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. Lying about nine kilometres (5.5 miles) from Dublin city centre. The parkland comprises woodlands, ponds and walks. Recreational spaces include a nine hole par three golf
Golf is a precision club and ball sport, in which competing players use many types of clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a golf course using the fewest number of strokes....

 course (reopened in 2010 after redesign and rebuild), tennis
Tennis is a sport usually played between two players or between two teams of two players each . Each player uses a racket that is strung to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over a net into the opponent's court. Tennis is an Olympic sport and is played at all levels of society at all...

 courts, six football pitches, five GAA pitches
Gaelic football
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 a cricket pitch, two children’s playground
A playground or play area is a place with a specific design for children be able to play there. It may be indoors but is typically outdoors...

s and a miniature railway
Rail transport modelling
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 run by the Dublin Society of Model and Experimental Engineers. There is also a craft courtyard with home craft shops and coffee shops.

Dublin County Council acquired the land in 1972 and developed it as a regional park. Opened in 1975, it is now administered by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is the local authority for the county of Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown in Ireland. It is one of three local authorities that comprised the former Dublin County Council before its abolition and one of four councils in the Dublin Region. It serves a population of...

. Dublin Bus
Dublin Bus
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 serves the park directly with the 16 bus, but the following buses are within walking distance: 14, 14A and 48A directly to the city centre. The 75 bus goes to Dún Laoghaire
Dún Laoghaire
Dún Laoghaire or Dún Laoire , sometimes anglicised as "Dunleary" , is a suburban seaside town in County Dublin, Ireland, about twelve kilometres south of Dublin city centre. It is the county town of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County and a major port of entry from Great Britain...

. Since 2000 Marlay Park has become a popular music venue
Music venue
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 with a capacity of 32,000, featuring both renowned national and international performers.
The park's name is commonly misspelled as Marley, most notably in nearby housing developments (see below).

Marlay House

Marlay House was built by Thomas Taylor and was known as ‘The Grange’. David La Touche, first governor of the newly established Bank of Ireland
Bank of Ireland
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 acquired and extended the house in 1764 and renamed it for his wife Elizabeth Marlay. The house, a fine example of Georgian architecture
Georgian architecture
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, has many elaborate features including plasterwork by Michael Stapleton
Michael Stapleton
Michael Stapleton is regarded as having been the most skilled stuccodore working in the neoclassical or "Adam" style that dominated Dublin interior decoration in the final decades of the 18th century.-Life:Stapleton was born in Dublin, the son of George Stapleton, who may have been a plasterer by...

. Marlay was sold in 1864 to Robert Tedcastle, a well known CoalMerchantsDublin. whose family lived there until 1925 when Philip Love bought the house for £8,325. Love, a market gardener who was once Ireland's largest tomato producers, was also a racehorse
Horse racing
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 breeder whose famous horse Larkspur won the 1962 Epsom Derby
Epsom Derby
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. He lived there until 1972 when it was donated to the Dublin County Council.

A 1.82 hectare (4.5 acre) walled garden was built near the house around 1794, and consists of a restored regency
Regency architecture
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 ornamental and kitchen gardens. The ornamental garden boasts an extensive display of period plants, ranging from herbaceous border
Herbaceous border
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s to shrub beds. The Head Gardener's house, orangery
An orangery was a building in the grounds of fashionable residences from the 17th to the 19th centuries and given a classicising architectural form. The orangery was similar to a greenhouse or conservatory...

, arbour
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 and water features combine to create a distinctive atmosphere. Located just over the wall, the kitchen garden houses a fine collection of regency fruit trees, vegetables and associated bothy
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Daily tours of the gardens are available in the summer months and by appointment at other times. Tea, coffee and other refreshments are available, year round, in the former gardener’s house.

Marlay Craft Centre

A number of small craft workshops are located in the courtyard adjacent to Marlay House including, weaving
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, glass cutting
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, bookbinding
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, furniture restoration
Antiques restoration
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, copper
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 craft, pottery
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, jewellery
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 and embroidery
Embroidery is the art or handicraft of decorating fabric or other materials with needle and thread or yarn. Embroidery may also incorporate other materials such as metal strips, pearls, beads, quills, and sequins....

One of these was originally the residence of Evie Hone
Evie Hone
Evie Hone was a Dublin born Irish painter and stained glass artist.She was related to Nathaniel Hone and Nathaniel Hone the Younger. Her most important works are probably the East Window for the Chapel at Eton College, Windsor and My Four Green Fields, now located in Government Buildings...

 whose stained-glass workshop was located in the library of Marlay House itself.

Wicklow Way

Marlay Park is the official starting point, of the 132 km Wicklow Way
Wicklow Way
The Wicklow Way is a long-distance trail that crosses the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland. It runs from Marlay Park in the southern suburbs of Dublin through County Wicklow and ends in the village of Clonegal in County Carlow. It is designated as a National Waymarked Trail by the Irish Sports...

 an Irish long distance walking trail
Long-distance trail
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, that begins at the car park adjacent to Marlay House. The trail wanders through the delightful sylvan surroundings of the park, before tunnelling under the M50
M50 motorway (Ireland)
The M50 motorway is a motorway in Ireland running in a C-shaped ring around the north-eastern, northern, western and southern sides of the capital city, Dublin. The northern end of the route is located at the entrance to the Dublin Port Tunnel. Anti-clockwise it heads northwest through the tunnel...

 motorway to begin its first ascent southwards towards the Dublin hills and the first of several forest vistas on its way southward over the Wicklow Mountains
Wicklow Mountains
The Wicklow Mountains form the largest continuous upland area in Ireland. They occupy the whole centre of County Wicklow and stretch outside its borders into Counties Carlow, Wexford and Dublin. Where the mountains extend into County Dublin, they are known locally as the Dublin Mountains...

 to Clonegal
Clonegal, officially Clonegall , is a village in the southeast of County Carlow, Ireland. It is in a rural setting, 5 km from Bunclody, County Wexford, 22 km from Carlow and 17 km from the proposed interchange of the N9 and N80 roads at Rathcrogue. It is just over a mile north of...

, County Carlow
County Carlow
County Carlow is a county in Ireland. It is part of the South-East Region and is also located in the province of Leinster. It is named after the town of Carlow, which lies on the River Barrow. Carlow County Council is the local authority for the county...

. The Wicklow Way website estimates that walkers should allow 7 hours for the first 21-km section to Knockree.

Marley Grange

Marley Grange, developed in the 1970s, is one of several housing developments adjacent to Marlay Park and contains six roads named "Marley": Avenue, Drive, Walk, Close, Grove and Wood. Residents assume that the developer misspelled the name when naming the roads.


During the Summer the park holds many concerts and events, some of the more popular artists have been : Green Day
Green Day
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, Muse
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, Westlife
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, Van Morrison
Van Morrison
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, Sting, David Gray
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, Meat Loaf
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, UB40
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, The Waterboys
The Waterboys
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, R.E.M., Oasis
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, Coldplay
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, The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers
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, Basement Jaxx
Basement Jaxx
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, Underworld
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, Metallica
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 and many others.
  • The Coronas
    The Coronas
    The Coronas are an Irish rock and indie band. They have released three studio albums, Heroes or Ghosts , Tony Was An Ex-Con and "Closer to You"...

    , Villagers
    Villagers (band)
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    , Joanna Newsom
    Joanna Newsom
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    , Roger Daltrey
    Roger Daltrey
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    , 2 Many DJ's, Rodrigo Y Gabriela
    Rodrigo y Gabriela
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     and Bell X1
    Bell X1
    Bell X1 are an Irish rock band from County Kildare in Ireland. They have released five albums which received much acclaim in Ireland.. They have represented Ireland in the Eurosonic Festival in Groningen, received several major award nominations and headlined several festivals in their own country...

    will all perform under canvas in 2011.

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