Dublin City Council has carried out rejuvenation and upgrade works of Stardust Memorial Park in Coolock, marking the 40th anniversary of the tragedy.
The Council’s Parks, Biodiversity and Landscape Services section worked to ensure park users were made feel safe in the upgrades, with the council remarking that the park had been an ‘location for anti-social activity’.
Making the park safe involved opening up sight lines through the park, removing dense shrubbery that was growing in the clusters of trees and removing trees that were no longer viable.
In an effort to encourage people to spend more time in the park, a number of ‘plant interventions’ also took place, with this process beginning in early 2020.
Thousands of bulbs were planted throughout the park, and a decision was made to turn the grass area at the sunken garden into a wildflower meadow.
A landscape contractor was engaged to excavate the little-known labyrinth area and create pathways, and the rose garden next to it also underwent a transformation with both the roses and soil being replaced. The roses were replaced with 90% pollinator-friendly varieties.
There is also a new addition to the park in the shape of a butterfly bank. Originally a steep bank area that was difficult to maintain, it has now been planted with a number of special plants designed to encourage butterflies.
The park has also been assigned a dedicated gardener.
Work has been carried out on the most important feature of the park, the Memorial itself. A mix of white early flowering spring bulbs were chosen to flower around this time every year. Two benches were also commissioned so that anyone who wants to spend time at the Memorial has somewhere to sit.
In a statement, a spokesperson said: “Dublin City Council hopes the immediate community and beyond will continue to enjoy the park and remember the 48 people who tragically lost their lives.”