Tuesday, April 8, 2014

G is for Grattan Square

Grattan Square, Dungarvan

A spacious Square of one acre, built by the 5th and 6th Dukes of Devonshire in the 19th century. At the same time as the Da' Bridge. (See the post for "D") The streets were laid out with Welsh slate, Yorkshire flags and Portland stone imported from England.  

Notice the weigh house in the centre of the Square.

In the not so distant past the horse fair was held in the Square the first Thursday of every month. I remember weaving through horses on my way to school. 

On second thought, maybe it is the distant past after all.

Photo by Things You Miss About Dungarvan

The Fair Day might be a thing of the past, but the Square of today is still the bustling centre of Dungarvan. Shops, pubs and cafes line the Square. During festivals a stage is set-up for musicians, singers and dancers to entertain the crowds.

Photo by John Foley of John Foley Images

A Farmers Market is held in the Square every Thursday morning. There are fresh breads, jams, tarts, scones and quiches. The variety of pastries is just mouth watering. There is a stall with locally made cheese and a fishmonger who sets up in the corner and fillets your fish on the spot. 

Photo by John Foley of John Foley Images

This is a view of Grattan Square from the top of Mary Street. Notice the beautiful Comeragh Mountains in the background. 


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Ann - love those photos .. and the Dukes of Devonshire got everywhere didn't they - they own half of Eastbourne!

What a wonderful market town to live - as you've seen 'history' unfold as you've grown up ... it looks a beautiful town now - I'd love to live there .. looks enticing.

I'm sure I visited the Comeragh mountains when I was over, but didn't get as far as the east coast - I went to the west coast .. Do the Comeraghs have lots of rhododendrons?

Cheers - loved this .. I yearn for a place like this! Hilary

Liza said...

I love the colorful buildings!

SM Blooding said...

I'm loving your theme! Thanks for sharing!!!


Ann said...

Delighted you are enjoying the posts SM Blooding.

The Irish love their colours Liz.

Delighted you are enjoying the photos Hilary. Those Devonshire Dukes hand their fingers in many pots. You will have to make another visit.

Dragon Tails and Scales said...

Thank you for taking us on a colorful tour.
Hope you are enjoying the A to Z month
Raising a Dragon

Juli said...

Stopping by from the A to Z challenge.