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Church of Ireland hand over parks to Cork City Council

At a special ceremony today (Thursday, 22nd June 2006 @ 3.30pm) the Representative Body of The Church of Ireland handed over St. Anne’s Park and Dr. Mary Hearn Park to Cork City Council for amenity use.

The two cemeteries at St. Anne’s Church Shandon are situate on either side of Bob & Joan’s Walk and are being generously donated to the city for passive amenity use.


The northern cemetery to be known as St. Anne’s Park and at the rear of St. Anne’s has been substantially upgraded and includes paved pathways, seating and interpretative material. This area will be permanently used for walking and sitting.

The southern cemetery to be known as Dr. Mary Hearn Park and at the side of the late Jack Lynch’s former residence will contain a Remembrance Garden, modest play area, pathways and seating.

The Shandon Area presently has no amenity green spaces and these two new parks will provide a valuable resource for local residents and particularly young children.

The new parks will also be a welcome retreat for visitors to the Shandon area and will be another significant point of interest in this important tourist and cultural area of the City.

Cork City Council greatly acknowledges the generosity of the Church of Ireland in granting the transfer of these cemeteries to the city for the benefit of the local community and visitors to the area.

The City Council wishes to assure the Church of Ireland congregation that the cemeteries will be managed to a high standard that will complement the environs of St. Anne’s and be pleasing to local residents and visitors.


Front Row C. of I. Bishop Paul Colton, Lord Mayor of Cork,Cllr. Deirdre Clune, Rev. Brian O'Rourke with City Council officials and Councillors, members of the Congregation and invited dignitaries

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