Because, these past few months, I have eaten a surfeit of sugary treats aka slices of cake and put regular exercise on the back burner the land of healthy living seemed as distant as the far reaches of the solar system. It was time for a change, so this week I munched my way through gargantuan quantities of fruit & vegetables. And I walked, walked and walked some more. As I live beside the sea, my neighbourhood is a pleasant place to stroll around but if I was to pound the same route continuously I could very easily get bored. Variety is after all the spice of life so it was time for a change of scenery.
Even though it’s a couple of years shy of a decade since I lived in the scenic Dublin suburb of Killiney I hadn’t forgotten what a great place it is for walking; there are glorious views and the hilly terrain is ideal for improving fitness. So for one of this week’s walks I pitched up at the main entrance to Killiney Hill Park usually know simply as Killiney Hill. Blogging piques my curiosity in different ways and whereas previously I would have walked straight past the plaque beside the entrance gates this time I stopped to read it. I am glad I did because it outlines a little of the history of the park. The Queen’s Jubilee Memorial Association bought the land, which is now Killiney Hill Park, to commemorate Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee in 1887 and opened it as a public park in June of that year.
There are many routes around the park and I opted to head straight to The Obelisk a folly built in the 1740’s by John Mapas, with unskilled labour, as part of a poor relief scheme. The Obelisk is at the park’s highest point which is 170 meters above sea level. From this height you can see the full magnificent sweep of Killiney Bay which is sometimes compared to the Bay of Naples minus of course the sunshine. I took some photographs which don’t unfortunately do full justice to the view. And then having marched to the top of the hill I marched down again.
No, not exactly.
What they all wanted to know was where Bono (U2 front man and prominent citizen of the global humanitarian village who I have written about here) lives. The gates you see pictured below are the front entrance to his home on the seaward side of Killiney Hill.
When I live in the area (in a modest abode I hasten to add) if I ever drove or walked past his house there were usually some fans, oftentimes from far-flung parts of the globe, waiting patiently outside. When I stopped to take these images I chatted to two Danish tourists who had just seen Bono drive out the gate, I hope it made their trip to Dublin memorable.
Note: Killiney Hill Park is open all year around from dawn to dusk.