FIRST I WAS AFRAID I WAS PETRIFIED
Paint-A-Box Street Art on Capel Street in Dublin.
I TOOK A WALK ALONG QUEENS ROAD A FEW DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS 2020 – DUN LAOGHAIRE
Along this road at least one traditional “cabman’s shelter” survives – these were small buildings built for the drivers of horse-drawn taxis. I always believed that there were three but it would appear that two may be replicas.
A segregated cycle route, from Blackrock to the Forty Foot in Sandycove has be installed almost twenty years after it was first announced.
The route required the implementation of a one-way system for vehicles on Seapoint Avenue, Queen’s Road, Windsor Terrace and Marine Parade and a number of locals that I met while walking along Queens Road were not at all happy but I should mentioned that they were all car owners.
DUN LAOGHAIRE LIBRARY – DLR LEXICON BUILDING
I worked in Dun Laoghaire for about fifteen years in total and most of my co-workers from the town and nearby objected strongly to the planning and construction of this building while I thought that it was an excellent idea.
The DLR Lexicon Building houses the main public library and cultural centre of Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council (DLR CC). It has attracted controversy, with opponents critical of its massive façade and its €36.6m cost at a time of austerity in Ireland, and supporters praising its interior, usability, and environmentally responsible construction.
The site chosen was Moran Park, a partially derelict public park with bowling green, running perpendicular to the coastline down an escarpment. I was based there [Marconi House] for about two years back in the 1970s and more recently I was based in Haigh Terrace and by then Moran Park had become a no-go area at night because of anti-social activity relating to drugs. We were advised by management not to be in the immediate area after 7pm.
The site was chosen because it was already owned by DLR CC and would link The Metals (Queens Road) on the busy seafront to the north with George’s Street.
NOTE: Guglielmo Marconi sent the results of the Kingstown [now Dun Laoghaire] regatta from a steam tug named The Flying Huntress beyond Dún Laoghaire harbour to his assistant and shore receiver in the Harbourmaster’s house [Marconi House], which currently houses the Design Gallery between the Lexicon library and the Pavilion complex. This was the very first time wireless technology was used in journalism.
DUBLINBIKES DOCKING STATION 32 ON PEARSE STREET AT THE SCIENCE GALLERY DUBLIN
Some of the dates include below are in the past but this is the most recent description that i could find.
The Science Gallery Dublin is located within the Naughton Institute of Trinity College Dublin, which opened in early 2008. Prof. Mike Coey had championed the inclusion of gallery space in the Naughton Institute as a place to host exhibitions on science and talks. At its launch, Michael John Gorman was the gallery’s director and Lynn Scarff was Education and Outreach manager. Scarff subsequently served as director from 2014 to 2018. Ann Mulrooney was then appointed as director in December 2018.
The goal of the gallery is to host a programme of exhibitions, workshops, and events to engage people aged 15–25 with science and technology. Since its opening the Gallery has received funding and support from Google.
In 2011 the gallery attracted 242,000 visitors, in 2014 that had risen to 400,000, and has seen a total of 1.8 million visitors from 2008 to 2014. The gallery was featured on a limited edition 2015 An Post stamp, which was part of a series along with the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, celebrating recent Irish scientific achievements.
The remit of the gallery has expanded over the years, with it now organising events such as TEDxDublin and Dublin Maker. Some of the exhibitions now travel internationally, with Illusion travelling to San Diego, and Biorhythm exhibited in Taiwan.
Science Gallery Dublin is now part of an international group – the Global Science Gallery Network – administrated by Science Gallery International (SGI), which has the aim of setting up eight similar galleries across the world by 2020, supported by Google and the Wellcome Trust. The first of which will be in London in collaboration with King’s College London, and is due to open in 2016. In 2014, the plans for a Science Gallery in Bangalore, India were announced, with the gallery planned to open in 2018, Science Gallery Melbourne with the University of Melbourne was announced in 2016. The SGI has an agreement to open a gallery with the City College of New York and in late 2016 announced Science Gallery Venice with Ca’ Foscari in Venice.
DARTMOUTH SQUARE AND PUBLIC PARK
Dartmouth Square is a Victorian square near Ranelagh, in D6, Dublin. It is near the Leeson Street bridge over the Grand Canal, between Upper Leeson Street and Ranelagh Road.
Dartmouth Square has a simple layout, including a low granite plinth wall, a pergola and its walkway, and trees which enclose the space. The park boundary is marked by the original wrought iron railings and gates, which are part of the Architectural Conservation Area for the square.
The square was originally part of the Darley Estate. The park was developed as part of the surrounding terraces, and was intended for the sole use of residents on the square.
The park became a financial burden to the residents of the square. It was leased to Loreto Hockey Club in 1926 for use as a hockey pitch for past students. Later, it was used by current students of Loreto College, St. Stephens Green. Differing accounts say that hockey was either played in the square until the 1950s, or that it stopped in the 1930s, when it became harder to maintain. The park began to decline and was overgrown.
In 1987, The Residents Association went to the Lord Mayor, Mrs Carmencita Hederman, which led to the City Manager, Mr Frank Feely, and his office working with the community to make plans for the park a Dublin Millennium Year project. The park was cleaned, a new pergola was erected, paths were realigned and widened, and flower beds were planted. The public park was opened and Dublin City Council opened a ten year lease. The construction and cleanup work was completed in 1988.
The lease expired in 1997, and talks took place between the Dublin City Council and the Darley Estate. The DCC continued to maintain the park.
The square became the subject of controversy in 2005, when it emerged that years previously a lone businessman, Noel O’Gara, bought the freehold on the square for £10,000 from PJ Darley, a descendant of the square’s builders. O’Gara locked the gates on the park in the square in 2006. He tried to operate it as a car park but local residents blocked the gates. After 3 years of dispute with residents and Dublin City Council an agreement was negotiated with Noel O’Gara by a local resident to reopen the square to be used as an amenity again. The local community gathered regularly to clean up the square which was in a state of ruin after years with no maintenance.
In December 2012, the square was sold at auction on instruction of the liquidator of Marble Tile and Granite. A group of local residents bought the square at this auction and donated it back to DCC. Noel O’Gara protested at the sale, though the property was eventually sold to Dublin City Council for €142,000, with a contribution of €32,000 from local residents. The square is now wholly owned by Dublin City Council.