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Mount Congreve features in Ireland’s Ancient East pop-up gardens display



This week, pop up gardens are appearing across Dublin to showcase just a handful of the stunning stately gardens and country estates that are scattered across Ireland’s Ancient East just waiting to be explored this spring. The pop up gardens will transform busy pedestrian walkways and urban areas of the city overnight and give commuters and visitors a taste of what’s waiting for them just a short drive from Dublin.

Ireland’s Ancient East is rich with garden experiences, packed with tales of passionate designers and big house drama, allowing visitors to step into another world where great houses, intriguing stories and gorgeous eateries are all just waiting to be enjoyed this spring. Not just for the garden enthusiast, prepare to dive into the deep history of lavish stately homes and the stories they have to tell. Follow your inner foodie and enjoy some of the best local provenance at the celebrated restaurants and cafés that nestle within.

The Pop Up Gardens

Iconic locations will showcase the unique gardens, including the famous Molly Malone Statue which will become a visual floral feast, displaying the gardens of Huntington Castle & Gardens, Co. Carlow. The Japanese Gardens at The Irish National Stud will be crossing over the busy Meeting House Square in Temple Bar to bring a new cultural experience to the busy hipster enclave. Busy city commuters will be stopped in their tracks at Heuston Station as the train station platforms are exchanged for the apple orchards of Emo Court House, Co. Laois.

Birr Castle, Gardens & Science Centre, Co. Offaly, will be replicating its own dramatic show outside the mother of drama, The Gaiety Theatre on South Kings Street. Georgian Dublin will come alive on Merrion Square at fashion house, Louise Kennedy, as a living embodiment of the beautiful Italian Gardens at Powerscourt Estate, House & Gardens transcend vertically over the iconic doorway.

If you’re around central Dublin this week, make sure to pop by the following gardens of Ireland’s Ancient East and take a moment to enjoy the sights and scents of these unique spaces:

  • The Japanese Gardens at The Irish National Stud, Co. Kildare – Meeting House Square, Temple Bar
  • Huntington Castle & Gardens, Co. Carlow – Molly Malone statue, Suffolk Street
  • Powerscourt Estate, House & Gardens – Louise Kennedy Fashion House, Merrion Square
  • Emo Court House, Co. Laois – Heuston Station
  • Birr Castle, Gardens & Science Centre, Co. Offaly –The Gaiety Theatre, South Kings Street
  • Mount Congreve Estate Gardens, Co. Waterford – George Bernard Shaw, Richmond Street South

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