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Council acquire Fernhill House and Gardens

Fernhill Gardens will be turned into a public park following input from the public. Photo:

Dún-Laoghaire Rathdown County Council pay €4.5m for Fernhill house and gardens, a former substantial family residence with ancillary buildings on 34 hectares of land


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8 March 2017

Dún-Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DLRCC) which has recently acquired Fernhill Park and Gardens, intend to develop the property as a regional public park.

Fernhill is a former family residence with ancillary buildings on 34 hectares of land consisting of: parkland, woodland, gardens, and agricultural land, located just south of the Enniskerry Road at Stepaside, County Dublin.

“The park cost €4.5m to acquire”, according to Labour Cllr Peter O’Brien, who spoke to us today. During the height of the Celtic Tiger, David Arnold, a property developer, paid €45m for the house and gardens, meaning the council secured it at one tenth of what it was once worth.

Dún-Laoighre Rathdown County Council invited submissions from interested parties and the public to have their say on the design and development of Fernhill.

Dún-Laoighre Rathdown County Council aims: “To conserve and restore (where appropriate) the gardens and woodlands in a sustainable manner and to conserve and restore (where appropriate) the landscape heritage features and retain the historic natural character of the site.” according to their “Have your say” information document.

The money for the planned development will be taken from the adopted 2017 budget of €8.57m reserved for parks, pitches and open spaces with the work being carried out by the council.

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