Community garden flourishes in Dublin’s Liberties
Weaver Square Community Garden started in May 2011 on a derelict site owned by Dublin City Council in the Liberties area of Dublin. The site contains the Community Garden and 28 individual allotments let out by the council.
“This garden has given disadvantaged youth something positive instead of going into negative things that lead to anti-social behaviour.”
By Stephanie A. Caspelich
Feb 7, 2012
“Three years ago, the neighbors and I became aware of so much derelict space around the Liberties. It was a shame these areas were lying desolate and so we decided to start an action group called RECLAIM (which has since been renamed Weaver’s Square Community Garden),” said Gary Brady, organizer and founder member of the garden.
“We lobbied [Dublin] City Council (DCC), our councillors and let them know we wanted to make it a nicer area to live with more greenery around.”
With the assistance of Councillor Criona Ni Dhalaigh (Sinn Fein, South-West Inner City) and Councillor Rebecca Moynihan (Labour, South-West Inner City) and a successful collaboration with DCC, Brady and fellow community organizers transformed the unused piece of land on Weaver’s Square and Chambers Street into a productive, pleasant and environmentally friendly space.
It was only a couple of years ago that the area had been considered rough, said Alice Ryan, whose home on the corner of Weaver’s Square and Brown Street South overlooks the lot.