TRAM AT SUNSET AT MARY’S ABBEY – ABBEY STREET
I used a Sony A7RIV and a Voigtlander 40mm Lens and the sunlight was overpowering … I can still feel the glow on my face and in my eyes.
THE EXO BUILDING AT THE POINT SQUARE
The name of the area keeps changing … The Point Depot, The Point, The Point Village and now the Point Square.
The Point Depot was constructed in 1878 as a rail terminus for the Midland and Great Western Railway Company, its has been redeveloped a number of times since then.
Harry Crosbie started a major development in the area named the “Point Village” but the project was not completed for various reasons. There is now a wider development known as “Point Square” which is home to the hugely-successful 3 Arena, which hosts more than 100 concerts a year, and the 252-bedroom Gibson Hotel, which is owned by German real estate investor, Deka Immobilien.
The Exo Building on completion, will see the addition of 2,000 workers to the Point Square area.
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 to become the anchor tenant for the building.
THE CONFESSION BOX PUB ON MARLBOROUGH STREET
This is located on Marlborough Street near the Pro-Cathedral.
The city of Dublin possesses two cathedrals, but unusually, both belong to one church, the minority Church of Ireland, which had been the Established Church in Ireland until 1871. In contrast, the majority religion in Ireland, Roman Catholicism, has no cathedral in the Republic of Ireland’s capital city and has not had one since the Protestant Reformation. As the official church, the Church of Ireland took control of most church property, including the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity (generally known as Christchurch) and St Patrick’s Cathedral.
These two churches had long shared the role of cathedral of Dublin, controversially at first, then under an agreement of 1300, Pacis Compositio, which gave Christchurch formal precedence, including the right to enthrone the Archbishop and to hold his cross, mitre and ring after death, but with deceased Archbishops of Dublin to be buried alternately in each of the two cathedrals, unless they personally willed otherwise, and the two cathedrals to act as one, and “shared equally in their freedoms”.
Even though Christchurch has been in possession of the Church of Ireland for nearly five hundred years, it is still viewed by the Roman Catholic Church as the primary official Dublin cathedral, since it was so designated by the pope at the request of the then Archbishop of Dublin, St Laurence O’Toole in the 12th century. Unless the pope either formally revokes Christchurch’s designation or grants cathedral status to another church, the main Roman Catholic church in Dublin will continue to be designated a “pro-cathedral” (meaning in effect acting cathedral), a title officially given to St Mary’s Church in 1886, though it used that title unofficially since the 1820s.
GREAT DENMARK STREET IN DUBLIN ON A REALLY WET DAY
The one advantage of using an iPhone 12 Pro Max is that it is much more weather proof than my Sony A7RIV.
Great Denmark Street is a street in Dublin, Ireland. It leads to Mountjoy Square, is crossed by Temple Street/Hill Street, and is part of Gardiner’s Row. The area was largely a semi-rural area until the 1770s, when a number of townhouses were built for the landed gentry. The street was probably named after the sister of George III in 1775; Caroline Matilda had married the Danish king Christian VII in 1766, divorced in 1772 and died in 1775.
Unfortunately there are now a number of derelict shops along the street but I do like photographing them.
One of the most notable landmarks on the street is Belvedere House. It was built as a townhouse in 1775 for George Rochfort, 2nd Earl of Belvedere at a cost of £24,000. In 1841 it became a Jesuit college, Belvedere College. It is allegedly haunted by the ghost of Rochfort’s mother, Mary Molesworth, 1st Lady of Belvedere, who died there.
As the college expanded in the 20th century, Georgian houses to the right of Belvedere House were demolished. In April 1968, the college published a planning permission notice in newspapers with plans to demolish two houses to the left of the college due to “structural defects”. Both had been listed for preservation, one having been the home of the 18th century stuccodore, Michael Stapleton, with a surviving interior from him. The same month, the houses were demolished prematurely and illegally. The houses were replaced with a pastiche extension designed by Jones and Kelly. The college demolished another Georgian house on the street, number 9, in 1982 as part of an extension to the school playground.
DUBLINBIKES DOCKING STATION 06 AT CHRISTCHURCH PLACE
Dublin City Council and JCDecaux today [9 December 2020] announced a new commercial partnership between NOW TV and dublinbikes which includes the streaming service taking the naming rights in a deal spanning the next three years.
NOW TV dublinbikes, which were revealed at an announcement at Portobello today, will be visible on the streets of Dublin from January 19th, 2021. All of the bike schemes associated inventory will also carry the NOW TV dublinbikes brand.
The partnership with NOW TV will support the launch of a new dublinbikes user experience in January which will see the introduction of a brand new App and a refresh of the dublinbikes website. The new user friendly App is a major step forward for the scheme as it will allow subscribers to release a bike from their smart phone for the first time as well as providing new and improved features, making it easier for commuters to access and enjoy the service. This is the first of a number of upcoming exciting developments planned over the course of the partnership which will modernise the scheme which has been a huge success in the city over the past 10 years.
Speaking ahead of the announcement, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Hazel Chu said: “The dublinbikes scheme has been a huge success since it was launched back in 2009 and continues to go from strength to strength. I am delighted to welcome NOW TV on board as the new sponsor. Cycling is getting more popular every day, especially since the onset of Covid-19, and Dublin City Council is keeping pace by continuing to roll out cycling infrastructure throughout the city. I look forward to seeing even more people using NOW TV dublinbikes in 2021.”
John Flanagan, Assistant Chief Executive & City Engineer, Dublin City Council said: “Throughout the last number of years and particularly in 2020 we have seen the importance of having sustainable transport options. The benefits of cycling are huge, from the individual benefits of improved health and well-being to the collective benefits for our city in the reduction of car traffic and congestion on the roads, while also bringing reductions in air and noise pollution and carbon emissions.
dublinbikes has played a vital role in the growth of cycling in Dublin since the scheme was first launched over 10 years ago and the scheme will become even more accessible with the introduction of a new user App in 2021. Our new commercial partnership with NOW TV will enable us to continue to improve and develop the scheme for the people of Dublin.”
Sarah Jennings, Marketing Director NOW TV, said: “NOW TV is delighted to be partnering with dublinbikes.The dublinbikes scheme gives the people of Dublin the freedom to discover the city on their own terms. Much like dublinbikes, NOW TV’s aim is to give people the freedom to choose their own entertainment on their own terms and we’re very much looking forward to being part of this hugely successful scheme as it continues to prosper over the next three years.”
Joanne Grant, Managing Director, JCDecaux Ireland, said: “We are very pleased to welcome NOW TV as the new commercial partner for dublinbikes. In January 2021 we will launch our new user experience to make the scheme even more convenient and accessible to a wider audience, something that NOW TV have a lot of experience of doing in the TV market and we look forward to working with them on this and other development projects.”