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The "Fifteen Acres" in the Phoenix Park from high above with lots of activity on the pitches it would seem. At the bottom right is the Magazine Fort, scene of a famous crime, and the road out to Chapelizod at the very bottom. Generations of Dubliners will have come here to play games at weekends while runners and others will have done circuits in races and training. Rivers of perspiration should abound!

Photographer: Alexander Campbell “Monkey” Morgan

Collection: Morgan Aerial Photographic Collection

Date: ca. 1954 -1957

NLI Ref: NPA MOR2059

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 13/Aug/2021 06:34:59

    Long midday shadows - mid winter? Google Maps Satellite 3D (takes a while to load) - www.google.com/maps/@53.3448966,-6.3120182,241a,35y,308.8...

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    Billy Quinn 1954

    • 13/Aug/2021 06:40:14

    The Magazine Fort

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    Billy Quinn 1954

    • 13/Aug/2021 06:40:33

    To save a little time. It is rather beautiful.

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    • 13/Aug/2021 07:51:50

    St Mary's hospital top left. Originally the Royal Hibernian Academy, it was opened in 1769. It became an Irish Army hospital in 1922. It was transferred to civilian use in 1948, and is now used for care of the elderly.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/Aug/2021 08:48:02

    The same view today would include the "temporary" papal cross.

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    • 13/Aug/2021 10:22:20

    View from the magazine fort by James Malton c1790 https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/51295262634/in/dateposted-public/

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    • 13/Aug/2021 11:57:01

    You can see an amazing number of soccer and Gaelic pitches crammed into that space when you zoom in. Don't see them on the GoogleEarth view? St. Mary's, former Royal Hibernian Military School, on left www.buildingsofireland.ie/buildings-search/building/50060... Deerkeeper's Lodge on left, and other workers cottages www.buildingsofireland.ie/buildings-search/building/50060... US Ambassador's Residence, former Chief Secretarie's Lodge, at top in distance.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/Aug/2021 14:18:34

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Using streetview, you can see that there are still soccer pitches there (as of 2019). The gaa/rugby posts are also visible in the distance further left.

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    • 13/Aug/2021 16:31:30

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley I don't think I ever saw Rugby played there? I played in the '60's and 70's and apart from the Garda Grounds and I think the Army Grounds I don't think there were any rugby grounds in the Park. As a member of a rowing club I would be familiar with the outskirts of that entire area as we did our running there. Running along the bends from the Chapelizod gate down to the Islandbridge gate and past the Magazine fort was a short run while around the 15 acres was torture. The most medieval torture of the lot was being forced to sprint up the steep slope at the side of the fort. I remember in the late 60's a young lady, the daughter of the caretaker of the fort was married from there. Apparently she was the first woman married out of there since Ireton's daughter (Oliver Cromwell's granddaughter) and there was quite a piece on the papers about it.

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    • 21/Sep/2021 21:27:07

    To the left of the Magazine Fort in Wishy Washy's pic are practice trenches from WWI era visible in Google Earth. Can't attach pic unfortunately :(