Croppies’ Acre: A public park with a deep history

The 1798 rebellion was the first time Irish republicans rebelled against the British empire, and the lost lives are now commemorated in Croppies’ Acre, situated off Wolfe Tone Quay in Dublin 7.

There is uncertainty regarding whether Croppies’ Acre is an actual graveyard for the rebels, but these days it is certain that the site commemorates those who died in the battles of the rebellion.

The word “croppies'” was a derogatory slang term used by the British to refer to the rebels, as many of them wore their hair cropped short in contrast to the prevailing fashion at the time.

The 1798 rebellion was organised by the Society of United Irishman, led mainly by Protestant men who had enough of the treatment of Catholics in Ireland.

It is possible to do a tour of the area, or just have a walk around. “It is great to have such a nice spot with many other historical buildings around us,” Shauna, a tour guide at Croppie’s Acre, said.

“Tourists from other countries are always very interested to learn about Irish historic figures, and we are delighted to give them insight about a rebellion that goes under the radar in Irish history.”  

The site is in an interesting location as it is just a five-minute walk from Heuston station, but many do not even realise it exists, or if they do, the history that lies within.

Just across the river lies the Guinness brewery, while behind Croppie’s Acre is Collins Barracks. Croppie’s Acre was closed between 2012 and 2016 due to antisocial behaviour; however, it is now open and a great spot for a picnic in the park, with others using it for recreational exercise.

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