I visited Sir John Rogerson’s Quay as I had expected to see the USS Mesa Verde docked here but unfortunately it was elsewhere and it was in a restricted location.
However, I did meet a very nice lady from Ukraine who is currently living and working in Cork and she had decided go get at train and spend a day in Dublin.
The USS Mesa Verde which is paying a courtesy call to Dublin to coincide with the US football classic between Navy Midshipmen and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday 26 August 2023. USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) is the third San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock of the United States Navy. She is the first U.S. Navy warship to be named after the Mesa Verde National Park in the U.S. state of Colorado.
As of the early 21st century, the previously functional maritime buildings and features of Sir John Rogerson’s Quay have been redeveloped for heritage tourism, and newer office buildings built on the quay. This has included redevelopment of the quay’s ‘campshire’ warehouses (associated with the historical use of the quay as a military ‘camp’), and the renovation of a mid-19th century diving bell made by Grendons of Drogheda. The diving bell has been a feature of the quays since the 1870s, and was used to build and maintain many of the walls of Dublin’s quays.
As already mentioned, I visited Sir John Rogerson’s Quay as I had expected to see the USS Mesa Verde docked here but unfortunately it was elsewhere and it was in a restricted location.
The P61 was completed and floated out of the shipyard in November 2013, delivered in April 2014 and commissioned for service in May 2014 The vessel was “twinned” with Cork city in a ceremony held on 7 June 2014.
In late 2015 Samuel Beckett was deployed to the Mediterranean as part of Ireland’s contribution to the humanitarian response to the European migrant crisis.
During the ship’s cruise, more than 1,000 migrants were rescued. In one event, 111 people were rescued in a United Nations operation off the coast of Libya.
The vessel was redeployed to the area in 2016, and on 17 November 2016 rescued 50 migrants who were on a rubber boat 25 Nautical Miles North-west of Tripoli. This brought the number of migrants rescued by the Samuel Beckett to 2310.
In March 2020 the Naval Service provided the vessel to the HSE as a testing centre to be docked at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay as part of Irish response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Exo Building is a 17-storey office building located at the corner of North Wall Quay and East Wall Road in Dublin 1, Ireland. The building is adjacent to the Point Depot (now the 3Arena) fronting on to the river Liffey and Dublin port.
As of 2021, it is the tallest office building in the Republic of Ireland at 73 metres tall.
The name Exo is in reference to its exoskeleton which reflects the traditional industrial crane and gantry landscape of the port area.
State owned postal services and delivery company An Post have signed a lease in 2021 to become the anchor tenant of the building. As of 2023, An Post intended to occupy 6 floors of the building with around 900 of its staff.
The Point Luas stop is the easternmost terminus of the docklands extension of the Luas Red Line light rail system.
This Luas link to Tallaght connects the Point Village to other transport options, including the DART, suburban rail, Busáras, mainline rail, and the future Dublin Metro.
The Dublin Port Tunnel southern portal is located nearby.
There are a few entities, at the same location, called “The Point” in Dublin.
The most famous one is the Point Theatre, which was a concert and events venue that operated from 1988 to 2007. It was located on the North Wall Quay of the River Liffey, amongst the Dublin Docklands. The Point was closed in the middle of 2007 for a major redevelopment and underwent a rebranding as The O2 in July 2008. The O2 is now a world-class entertainment venue that hosts a wide variety of events, including concerts, sporting events, and conferences.
Another place called “The Point” in Dublin is Point Square. Point Square is a shopping mall and entertainment complex that is located next to the 3Arena. It is home to a number of stores, restaurants, and a cinema.
Point Square is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Finally, there is also a tram stop called “The Point”.