Deer Rut Phoenix Park

Oct 16
October 27, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Deer Rut Phoenix Park

Deer Rut Phoenix Park

Hosted by Irish Wildlife Trust – Dublin branch

EVENT UPDATE – The Dublin Marathon is on the same day as this event – Driving to the park is not advised – see below for updated driving directions.

“In spite of the IWT Dublin Branch doing their Deer Rut on Sunday, October 27th, the Dublin City Marathon organised their event the same day, Access to the Park is somewhat restricted, but here is the route for those driving or cycling.

Enter by the main Park Gates at Parkgate Street. Go left at the first junction, the roundabout. Keep driving, the Wellington Monument to your left, the Magazine Fort to your right and passing various culs-de-sac, until you come to the cross with St Mary’s Hospital straight ahead. Turn RIGHT here, and go up what is called Acres Road to the Papal Cross. See you there at 11.”


The Dublin Branch is having its annual outing to see the fascinating annual deer rut in the Phoenix Park, led by Margaret McGuirk of the OPW. In late Autumn each year the Fallow Deer bucks mate, with a spectacular display of ‘maleness’. We meet at the Papal Cross car park. The paths are (hopefully) OK, but not, unfortunately, suitable for wheelchairs or buggies. Bring binoculars if you have them!

Date & Time: 11:00 am start – 13:00 pm finish, Sunday 27th October

Location: Phoenix Park, meeting point at the Papal Cross car park