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Georgian Dublin Squares

Georgian Squares include St. Stephen's Green; Merrion Square; Fitzwilliam Square; Mounjoy Square; Parnell Square.

Dublin’s first Georgian square, Parnell Square, emerged in the early 1750s. Merrion Square was initiated as Dublin’s first formally laid out square in 1762; Bedford Square in London was started in 1775. Edinburgh’s Charlotte Square was started in 1792; Mountjoy Square in Dublin followed a year later in 1793. What was emerging on the streets of Dublin was truly part of an international trend.

Dublin’s squares were the first major urban development on the edge of the old city, often taking up to 30 years to complete as in the case of Fitzwilliam Square.