The Grand Canal linear park at Baggot Street bridge is an attractive spot – there you’ll find a floating French restaurant (La Peniche), a Thursday organic market along the south bank and, most memorably, a statue of Patrick Kavanagh sitting deep in thought on a park bench. His presence here recalls his poem Lines Written On A Seat On The Grand Canal, Dublin. (The Raglan Road made famous by the Monaghan man’s poem-turned-song is in nearby Ballsbridge – this whole area was the writer’s beloved ‘Baggotonia’.)
Just opposite him and down a little towards the bridge is a more modest, functionalist chair, which was erected by the poet’s closest friends to his memory. It’s a lovely, calm place to sit, where weeping willows sweep the water and reeds rustle. It’s also a good place to take a Dublin Bike – there’s a station at Leeson Street Bridge and a brand new cycle path wends west from the tree-lined Mespil stretch towards Portobello.
Kavanagh by the Canal | Relaxing | Free
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