ARTIST AT WORK OR TAKING A REST AT THE BACK LOUNGE ON EXCHANGE STREET IN TEMPLE BAR
VIEWS OF LIBERTY HALL – OCTOBER 2020
I have never liked this building but I have no idea as to how others feel about it.
Standing on Beresford Place and Eden Quay, near the Custom House, the original Liberty Hall was a hotel before it became headquarters of the Irish Citizen Army. During the 1913 Dublin Lock-out a soup kitchen for workers’ families was run there by Maud Gonne and Constance Markievicz.
Following the outbreak of the First World War a banner reading “We Serve Neither King nor Kaiser, But Ireland” was hung on its front wall, and ICA’s newspaper, The Irish Worker, was printed inside. The newspaper was shut down by the British government for sedition under the Defence of the Realm Act. It was replaced for a short time by a paper called The Worker until that too was banned. James Connolly edited a third paper, The Workers’ Republic, from 1915 until the Easter Rising in 1916.
Until the Easter Rising Liberty Hall also served as a munitions factory, where bombs and bayonets were made for the impending rebellion. It was on the street in front of the building that the leaders of the Rising assembled before their march to the General Post Office on Easter Monday. They left the building vacant throughout Easter Week, a fact unknown to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland authorities, who chose the building as the first to be shelled. It was completely levelled by British artillery during the Rising, but it was faithfully restored afterwards.
In the late 1950s Liberty Hall was declared unsafe and promptly demolished. The present building, which has sixteen storeys, was constructed between 1961 and 1965. It was originally fitted with windows of non-reflective glass, but after they were damaged by a UVF car bomb on 1 December 1972 they were replaced with windows of reflective glass. The viewing platform, which had only recently been opened, was also closed after the car bomb.
On 19 October 2006 it was announced that SIPTU (into which the Irish Transport and General Workers Union had merged in 1990) was seeking planning permission to demolish Liberty Hall and build a new headquarters on the same site. By October 2007 SIPTU had selected a shortlist of architects to design the new building and was planning to demolish the current building in 2009. In January 2008 the Dublin architects Gilroy MacMahon, who had designed the new stands at Croke Park, were chosen to design the new Liberty Hall. In February 2012 SIPTU was granted planning permission by Dublin City Council to demolish the present structure and build a 22-storey replacement, with a height of about 100 metres. The new building would have included office space, a theatre and a “heritage centre”. However, in November 2012 the planning permission was overturned by An Bord Pleanála, which ruled unanimously that the new building would be “unacceptably dominant in the city”.
THE FAMOUS HALFPENNY BRIDGE AT SUNSET
Originally called the Wellington Bridge (after the Dublin-born Duke of Wellington – my mother’s family are from Trim and claim that Wellington was in fact born in that town), the name of the bridge changed to Liffey Bridge. The Liffey Bridge remains the bridge’s official name to this day, although it is most commonly referred to as the Ha’penny Bridge.
In 2001 the number of pedestrians using the bridge on a daily basis was 27,000 and, given these traffic levels, a structural survey indicated that renovation was required. The bridge was closed for repair and renovations during 2001 and was reopened in December 2001, sporting its original white colour.
The structure was rebuilt to retain many of its old components, although, controversially, some features were removed. The repair work was carried out by Harland and Wolff.
In 2012, citing a maintenance and damage risk, Dublin City Council removed a number of love locks from the Ha’penny Bridge and nearby Millennium Bridge, and asked people not to add any more. In 2013 the council removed over 300 kg of locks from the bridge, and signage was added asking people not to put padlocks on the bridge.
IVEAGH GARDENS OFF CLONMEL STREET
This park is very close the Harcourt Luas tram stop.
Iveagh Gardens are popularly known as Dublin’s ‘Secret Garden’. However, if they are known as such then they are not really secret.
I went to school and college in the area and I visited this public park on a regular basis, back then very few were aware of the park, and as kids were were fascinated the broken statues and old ruins. One of my teachers told us that many of the items were follies and therefor fake [i.e. old roman statues were less than a hundred years]
Designed by Ninian Niven in 1865, but with a history dating back over three hundred years, the Iveagh Gardens are located close to St Stephen’s Green Park in Dublin city centre.
From modest beginnings as an earl’s lawn, the gardens went on to host the splendour of the Dublin Exhibition Palace in 1865. Many of the original landscape features are still in place, or have been restored and conserved since 1995. These include the yew maze, the rosarium, and the fountains. The cascade in particular is a stunning spectacle in summer.
CHARLEMONT PLACE – FROM THE TRAM STOP TO THE BOARDWALK AT LEESON STREET BRIDGE
Today I used a Sony HX90V which I don’t really like for a variety of reasons but especially as it does not shoot in RAW [I did not realise that until after I purchased and as I got it at a very good price I can’t really complain]. However it had two real advantage is is small and light and it GEO Tags all images.
The Grand Canal begins in Grand Canal Dock at the River Liffey, and continues through to the River Shannon. It passes through Ringsend and traverses the south-side, delineating the northern extremities of Ballsbridge, Ranelagh, Rathmines, Harolds Cross and Crumlin. This section, known as the Circular Line (or Circle Line), has seven locks. The path of the original main line, which serviced the Grand Canal Harbour, the City Basin (reservoir) and Guinness brewery, can be seen at Inchicore. Most of the route of this line now runs alongside the Red Luas Line.
From Suir Road Bridge, the lock numbering starts again at 1 as the canal heads west through the suburbs of Dublin West and into Kildare. At Sallins the Naas/Corbally branch diverts southwards, while the Grand Canal continues west passing Caragh, Prosperous and Robertstown, its highest point. Just outside Sallins, the canal passes over the River Liffey at the Leinster Aqueduct. Just east of Robertstown is the location where the Blackwood Feeder used to join the canal, whilst just to the west can be found the busiest junction on the canal where the Old Barrow Line, Milltown Feeder and the entrances to the Athy & Barrow Navigation meet. Further west, the canal passes Edenderry, Tullamore, Rahan and Pollagh before it reaches the Shannon at Shannon Harbour in County Offaly. In total the main line of the canal is 131 kilometres (81 mi) with 43 locks, five of which are double locks.