Merrion Square was planned around 1762 and was completed in nineteenth century. It was sparked by Duke of Leinster who decided to make south Dublin his home by building a large residence and due to this move the three main squares in center of Dublin were created, St Stephen’s Green, Merrion Square and Fitzwilliam Square. Three sides of the Merrion Square is surrounded by red brick georgian houses.
The park was renamed as Merrion Square in 2010, prior to that it was called Archbishop Ryan Park who had the ownership until 2009. The park itself was private until the 1960s. You can find the statue of Oscar Wilde who lived at No.1 Merrion Square. There are also other sculptures such as Jester’s Chair and Eire by an american sculptor, Jerome Connor.
The park at Merrion Square is designed with an english garden style, (jardin anglaise) very informal with large patches of green grass and curved paths.