Bolton Street College in Dublin was a technical college that existed from 1911 to 1992. It was founded by the Dublin Corporation and was originally located on Bolton Street, Dublin 1. The college later moved to its current campus on Grangegorman Road, Dublin 7.
Bolton Street College offered a wide range of courses, including engineering, architecture, building, and the built environment. It was one of the leading technical colleges in Ireland, and its graduates went on to work in a wide range of industries.
The college was also a center for research and development. It had its own research laboratories, and its staff were involved in a number of important research projects.
Bolton Street College closed in 1992, when it merged with other technical colleges in Dublin to form the Dublin Institute of Technology. However, the Bolton Street campus remains an important part of the DIT, and it continues to be a centre for education and research in the built environment.
The Bolton Street campus is a beautiful and historic building. It was designed by CJ McCarthy and was built in 1908. The building is a three-storey neo-classical structure, and it is decorated with plaster representations of artisan figures. The figures are casts from John Henry Foley’s models for figures at the base of the Albert Memorial on Leinster Lawn.
The Bolton Street campus is home to a number of important facilities, including lecture theatres, laboratories, workshops, a library, and a students’ union. The campus is also home to a number of research centres, including the Centre for Architecture, Building and Environment and the Centre for Sustainable Energy.
The legacy of Bolton Street College continues to inspire and motivate people today. The college’s commitment to education and research is still relevant today, and its graduates continue to make a difference in the world.
Here are some notable alumni of Bolton Street College:
Kevin O’Connor, architect and urban planner
Michael Smith, engineer and former CEO of Intel Ireland
Mary O’Brien, engineer and former president of Engineers Ireland
Deirdre Clune, former Minister for Education and Skills
Camden Street links Ranelagh/Rathmines (Dublin 6) to the southern city centre of Dublin via Wexford Street. It is divided into Camden Street Upper (southern end) and Camden Street Lower (northern end).
The name is likely derived from the Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden (1714-94). The fact that the street name first appears on maps in 1778 would rule it out as originating from his son John Pratt, Marquess Camden (1759-1840) who became Lord Lieutenent of Ireland in 1795. An attempt to connect the name to Saint Kevin (Old Irish Cóemgen) is regarded as spurious.
A prominent company located on Upper Camden St for over a century was Earley and Company (1861–1975). They were ecclesiastical furnishings and stained glass manufacturers and retailers. The firm was one of the largest and most prestigious ecclesiastical decorators both in Ireland and the U.K.
An intact Edwardian shop interior existed at number 39, Carvill’s Off Licence until the early 21st century. The Bleeding Horse pub is also a notable building, with a public house sitting on the site since 1648. It is mentioned in the work of Sean O’Casey, and both James Clarence Mangan and Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu were patrons.
There were two cinemas on the street: The Camden Cinema and the Theatre De Luxe. The Camden Cinema was located at 55 Upper Camden St., where the headquarters of Concern Worldwide is now located. It closed around 1912. The Theatre De Luxe was opened in 1912 by Maurice Elliman, a Jew who escaped the pogroms in Eastern Europe. The first building was designed by Frederick Hayes, MRIAI, and built by George Squire & Co. It was enlarged and rebuilt in 1920. The exterior was remodelled in Art deco style in 1934. It closed in 1975. The building is now a hotel, Hotel De Luxe, and a night-club.
THERE ARE MANY RESTAURANTS AND PUBS NEARBY ESPECIALLY ON CAPEL STREET
The Docking Station is outside Bolton Street College which is in the process of moving to the new University Campus at Grangegorman.
Because of the college many restaurants have opened over the years because the owners expected to attract a lot of student business but almost all closed within two or three years. However, BoCo, which does not depend on student business, has proved to be a huge success and if you like pizza it is highly recommended. Recently I noticed that the Taco Libre (pub restaurant operated by the Galway Brewery Company) has closed and the El Patron Mexican Street Food restaurant across the street has become the Tia Maria Brazilian Restaurant. The Art Flamingo recently became the Burger House but when I visited it a few weeks ago I was told that it would close again and reopen under new management. A few doors along the street a new restaurant is being outfitted but I have no further information.
Early in 2013 I purchased a Sigma Dp3 Merrill and while it could produce the best images ever it was in reality a disaster. The batteries could at times last only long enough to capture 40 images [at best no more than 80] and one could forget about selecting any setting other ISO 100. In order to process RAW images one needed to use Sigma’s Photo Pro 5.5 which was supplied with the camera.
Recently I discovered that Photo Pro 6.8.3 was much more user friendly than the version supplied with the camera so I decided to charge all eight batteries, that I still had, and use the camera for a day (22 April 2021) but unfortunately the weather proved to be way too wet. Two of the batteries were exhausted after ten captures.
The DP3 Merrill was the latest of a trio of almost identical compact cameras released by Sigma, all named for Dick Merrill (1949-2008), the co-developer of the Foveon image capture system. The DP1 Merrill and DP2 Merrill were announced in early February 2012. The former features a 19mm f/2.8 lens that provides the equivalent of a 28mm field of view in 35mm format, while the DP2 Merrill has a 30mm f/2.8 lens with a field of view equivalent to 45mm. Unveiled on 8 January, 2013, the DP3 Merrill sports a 50mm f/2.8 lens with a 75mm equivalent focal length that is ideal for portraiture.
On 20 May 2022, Capel street was made traffic-free, following a campaign by people who wanted to improve the quality of life on the street. It is now the longest traffic-free street in Dublin.
This is my local area and I have always liked Capel Street as it is a unique commercial street in the city centre. It is a great place to shop and it is full of excellent restaurants, I have tried most of them.
Capel Street is named after Arthur Capell, 1st Earl of Essex, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1672–1677. Historically, it was the site of the chapel of St Mary’s Abbey. The street was laid out by Sir Humphrey Jervis in the late 17th century on the Abbey lands he purchased in 1674. He also built Essex Bridge (today Grattan Bridge), and the street was known for its mansions and a royal mint. In the 18th century, it became a commercial hub, with two-bay buildings replacing most of the “Dutch Billy” houses. In the late 1700s, the Italian composer, Tommaso Giordani, performed at a small purpose built theatre on the street. The Capel Street Theatre also stood there in the 18th century.
The Torch Theatre operated on Capel Street from 1935–41. The street declined in the 20th century, before a revival around the 1980s. Today it is known for its variety of restaurants, shops, cafés and pubs; as Panti, the owner of Pantibar put it, “You can buy a lightbulb, sexual lubricant, Brazilian rice, get a pint and go to a trad session”. Louis Copeland’s tailor is another notable business.
South William Street, runs from the junction with Exchequer Street, Wicklow Street, and St. Andrew’s Street on its northeastern end to the junction of Johnson Place and Stephen Street on its southwestern end.
The street was laid out in 1676 by William Williams and was part of Dublin’s 17th-century expansion beyond its medieval walls. The street has one of the largest and most complete groups of 18th century merchants’ houses in the city. However, M’Cready claims the street is named after King William III.
In 2012, the street was rebranded as being the centre of Dublin’s “Creative Quarter”, an area noted for its “independent design stores, fashion outlets and cafes”. The UK’s Academy of Urbanism has noted that the street has transformed “from the bustling heart of the rag trade to a well-known spot for retail entrepreneurs, start-ups and those in search of a good night out”.
The street is dominated by Powerscourt House, the former Dublin townhouse of Viscount Powerscourt. It was constructed in the 18th century for Richard Wingfield, 3rd Viscount Powerscourt, a member of the Irish House of Lords. The townhouse was the Wingfield family’s urban residence when they were visiting from the Powerscourt Estate in Enniskerry, County Wicklow.
Designed by Robert Mack, it dates from between 1771 and 1774. The court at the rear of the building was created with the addition of three brown-brick office buildings from 1809 to 1811. The townhouse was purchased and redeveloped as a shopping centre between 1978 and 1981 and is now known as the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre.