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“The Curate's Egg” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fitzgerald Park

Fitzgerald Park
Ranked #7 of 144 things to do in Cork
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Cork
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27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“The Curate's Egg”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2013

Fitzgerald’s Park is like the proverbial Curate’s egg, in that it’s good in parts.

This city park that has seen some better times compared with it’s hey-day in the 60’s and 70’s when the water feature fountains worked, ponds were filled with aquatic plants and the gardens matched many elsewhere for colour and show. Those were the days when the original playground had banks of swings as Cork kids tried their best to loop the loop before heading up to the ‘Shaky Bridge’ for a genuine scare as the suspension bridge over the River Lee swayed wildly as the smallest of feet began to cross it. Many tears were shed in genuine terror by junior Corkonians here over the years..me included.

But there has been a distinct lack of maintenance and upkeep for much of the area in the last few years, it’s tidy but when compared with other parks, but it’s very much the poor relation. The playground has been made safer, if generic, the banks of swings are long gone but it’s still a hit with this current generation of Cork kids. Yes, there does seem to be an anti-social element in parts at times, but I think you need to seek this out as it’s not always very visible. Then again, this applies to all parks worldwide so nothing new there but nothing like Bishop Lucey Park in the city centre.

The Cork Museum near the entrance is worth a visit. Free entry and entertaining exhibits. Little snack-bar/restaurant to the rere. Pleasant saunters in the area including the Mardyke Walk.

As for the ‘Shaky Bridge’, this suspension bridge has been upgraded due to ‘Elf & Safety’ and no longer sways wildly as it did when I were a lad – no more tears then.

Visited June 2013
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Lancs, UK
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“Nothing special”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2013

I have seen City parks all over the world and this is nothing special.

It's nice that it exists but little has been done with it. Perhaps the City Council see it as a liability instead of an asset, the grass is cut but there is nothing here for a tourist from out of town.

Visited June 2013
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Cork, Ireland
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“Tourists Beware”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

It's like a big garden (with a load of drunks and yobs)

Nothing special. Not too bad for a stroll,in the middle of the day but avoid if late in the day as it is a haven for drunks and junkies.

Not a tourist attraction.

Visited November 2012
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Buckinghamshire, england
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“Tranquil and Serenity”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

Watch the river flow by with swans and herons also enjoying the peace and quiet. Enjoy the surroundings and setting..pick a quiet spot and enjoy a pic nic.

Visited June 2013
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Cork, Ireland
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“Great playground, duck pond”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

This is a lovely park. The cork museum is in the grounds. There is a nice walk by the river, and a great playground with swings for children.

Visited May 2013
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