Only one member had been there before at the Rose Gardens so it was a new challenge for us. There was a noticable absence of maps at the entrance at St. Anne’s Road, but we we helped by enquiring from locals.
We welcomed one new Club member, Som. It was his first Outing with the Club and it was a pleasure to have him on board.
The Park has a river, the Nanekin, running through it from the Howth Road, through the ornamental pond, and on to the sea.
It was a challenging day for photography, as it was quite sunny (and unseasonably warm). The majority of the subjects were in shade, with the sunrays shining through.
However we made the best of it and thoroughly enjoyed the outing.
The former home of the Guinness family, St Anne’s Estate covers 110 Hectares of extensive public parklands and rose gardens just outside Dublin city centre. It is also very close to Dollymount Strand, a coastal bird sanctuary.
In addition to extensive woodlands, water features and recreational facilities, the Rose gardens of St Anne’s Park are of international importance and are at their peak from June through September. We will organise an outing when the Roses are in Bloom next Year.
We spent a pleasant few hours here and met afterwards at Olive’s Room at The Red Stables for coffees and a catch-up.
All-in-all a very enjoyable morning was had by all.