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North Bull creation story – The Myth of Wall which came before the Island

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It is long accepted in Dublin that Bull Island did not exist until the building of the North Bull Wall – which was built in an effort to reduce the silt ending up in Dublin Port and as a result this silt was diverted elsewhere to North Bull. In 1871 the island was estimated at…

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A Lighthouse on the Move in space and time – North Wall Quay lighthouse

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North Wall Quay lighthouse

The North Wall Quay light house was sort of built in and around 1820. Except that the location where it sits did not exist. We are not even certain when the existing version of the lighthouse was built.  Was it really in 1904? This article is also a minor celebration of the work of the…

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Crossing an invisible river – Donnycarney Bridge

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Donneycarney Bridge

For many years I have walked over a bridge, without knowing I was on a bridge. The small red brick Donnycarney Bridge, which was built in 1896 and stands just beyond the Collins Avenue and Malahide Road junction, replaced an ancient stone structure called Scurlogue’s Bridge. 

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The Bridge with no Past? Luke Kelly Bridge

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Luke Kelly Bridge

Luke Kelly Bridge (formerly Ballybough Bridge) may have been the site of the Battle of Clontarf. 

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Balbriggan Lighthouse – Dome sweet dome

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Balbriggan Lighthouse with dome

There was news that brought much joy to the people of Balbriggan lighthouse. Their lighthouse had finally got its head together. 

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The engineering super star – Bindon Blood Stoney

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Offaly Superstars - Lowry and Stoney

In 2019 Shane Lowry from Clara in County Offaly won the British Golf Open and underlined his international sporting superstar status. But Lowry was not the first bearded superstar from Offaly. Bindon Blood Stoney was born in County Offaly in 1828 and he would go on to be an engineering heavyweight – though without getting…

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Inspired by the Spire

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Spire next to trees in Dublin

Monuments need to be reconsidered in order to see them in a fresh way.  But as we have seen from other articles here, they are very much part of their time, and often related to tourism. The Spire was installed in Dublin in 2003, and was hated by more people than it was loved. Now sixteen…

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A Bridge a little Further – Annesley drifting from the Sea

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Annsley Bridge Dublin

Annesley Bridge is further away from the sea than when it was first built in 1797.  There was a time you could stand on the bridge, and easily see Clontarf Island only a few hundreds metres away. But now Clontarf Island is no longer visible, because it is not there at all!

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Finding Dublin’s deeper side – Alexandra Basin

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Alexandra Basin Dublin

When you talk about Alexandra Basin, you are talking about the dreams of one young man:  Bindon Blood Stoney. He was the assistant engineer who had considerable vision, and conceived of much larger ships one day arriving in Dublin port. Today all of the new quays and docks that were designed and built by him…

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Vartry Water Supply Scheme – Engineering Envy and a mention in Ulysses

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Vartry water works

The Vartry Water Supply Scheme provides drinking water for a supply area stretching from Roundwood, through north Wicklow up to south Dublin and serves over 200,000 people. Not only was this an extraordinary feat of engineering, it also caught the imagination of James Joyce. 

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