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Off Leash Dog Parks in Ireland

Any Dog-friendly (Off-Leash) Parks you know about in Ireland?
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Off Leash Dog Parks in Ireland

Postby 194-Admin WA » Fri Aug 28, 2015 5:37 pm

We plan to build - hopefully with your help - a really comprehensive resource for Dog lovers looking for Dog-friendly (Off-leash) Parks throughout the country. We have contacted some of the councils requesting additional info re locations, directions, access etc., as well as dog specific regulations, and will update as and when we get any responses.

This is just a starting point: over time we hope to include all off-leash parks, and to to flesh it out with lots of helpful, relevant information covering park-specific access / opening times, on-site facilities, driving directions, parking and Park / Council contact details, and relevant park regulations / off-leash policy (where we can actually find any).

Be warned:
Many City, Borough and County Councils bye-laws require that Dogs be kept on a lead at all times in all public parks (and on many beaches), the sole exception typically those (very limited number of) parks with a designated (usually small, and fenced off) dog zone. On the spot fines for non-compliance can range from €100 to €150 (court appearances can result in much higher penalties).

Dublin has 4 councils:
South Dublin County Council (SDCC)
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DLRCOCO)
Dublin City Council (DCC)
Fingal County Council (Fingalcoco)
http://www.fingal.ie/community-and-leis ... en-spaces/

South Dublin County Council
Off-Leash Dog Parks in South Dublin County Council

Corkagh Park Clondalkin (120 hectares / 300 acres, near Naas Road) we are trying to get details from council as - typically - there does not appear to be any specific reference one way or the other on the relevant Council website.
http://www.sdcc.ie/services/parks-and-r ... rkagh-park

This is a Facebook Page for Corkagh Park Dog Park (This is a fan page and is no way connected with SDCC)
General Dog Park for socialised dogs of all shapes and sizes. Come in the Camac Valley car park, (N7 side of park) follow the path into the park and dog park is 500m on right hand side.

This page also includes 10 Points to note / helpful tips regarding use of a Dog Park.

Griffeen Valley Dog Park Lucan
http://www.sdcc.ie/services/parks-recre ... alley-park
https://www.facebook.com/Griffeen-Valle ... 170967541/

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DLRCOCO)
Off-Leash Dog Parks in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DLRCOCO)

Cabinteely Park, Dublin 11 (just off N11) has a designated Dog Park.

Marlay (and me) Park, Marlay Demesne, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14
Marlay Dog Park is an enclosed, hedged area within the main park here Dogs are allowed off leash.

Killiney Hill Park: Everyone seems to be agreed - Killiney Hill Park is the only park where Dogs have the full (off-leash) run of the park. One unplanned side effect (and we know this from personal experience) is increased infections among Dogs due to the overcrowding, ironically this is directly related to the fact that the park is so Dog-friendly!

Pity that (as with most off-leash parks) we can't seem to find an official source, council or otherwise, that confirms the Dog Policy for Killiney Hill Park. Is this by design?

Shanganagh Park, Shankill, Dublin 18
Details of designated Dog Zone anyone pls????

DSPCA - Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
DSPCA BarkPark (agility dog park opened 365 days a year), Mount Venus Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 18
Another Dog Park within DLRCOCO but operated by the DSPCA.
Entry is on membership basis, €50 per year?
"Each member will have a swipe card. In order to obtain one, proof of vaccination and a behaviour assessment will be a requirement."

Dublin City Council (DCC)
Off-Leash Dog Parks in Dublin City Council (DCC)

St. Annes Park Clontarf/Raheny
Dogs are allowed off lead up to 11.00am each day & for the last hour before official Park Closing Time. At all other times, dogs must be kept on a leash. There is a dedicated ‘Dog Park’ beside the Model Car track where dogs may be let off lead at all other times.
http://www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-serv ... annes-park
http://www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-serv ... visit-park

I see some of these mentioned on different forums, Facebook pages etc. Will try and check out official off-leash policy.
Bushy park
Burrow beach in Sutton
People's Park in Bray
Slade Valley Forest Saggart
Park in Rathcoole
Park in Palmerstown under M50 bridge
Linear park in Aiken's Village/Belarmine, Stepaside is excellent. Dogs can be on or off lead. Tarred paths, lots of grass.
Bray head
Albert College Park beside DCU, back right hand corner for dogs off leash in the evenings, and before 11 too
Ballawley Park, off the lead is allowed

To date Cork has no off-leash park.

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