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12a. The Lower Quays, Sailing Ships and other River Liffey Scenes

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The front entrance of the Custom House 'zoom' viewed from Tara Street Station.

 

Commuter train from Drogheda entering Tara Street Station, with the Custom House across the River Liffey.

 

A DART train entering Tara Street Station with a view of the Custom House under the mighty railway bridge.

The description 'Dublin Quays' refers to the two roads and quays that run along the north and south banks of the River Liffey in central Dublin, Ireland. Each section of 'the quays' have different names which I refer to. The quays have played an important part in Dublin's history from seafaring Vikings, medieval times, the British Empire (Dublin was one of the most important city ports). This page focusses on the quays east of the railway bridge over the River Liffey (pictures above and below). Therefore the photographs illustrate the landscape ('riverscape') and features on north side of the River Liffey, namely, Custom House Quay and North Wall Quay AND on south side of the river we have City Quay, Sir John Rogerson's Quay and Britain Quay. Look out for buildings both old and new and some interesting and rather photogenic sculptures and bidges.

Looking under the Tara Street railway bridge to the Talbot Memorial Bridge of 1978.

 

The Butt Bridge of 1932 viewed through the Tara Street station railway bridge.

 

The Custom House of 1791 on Custom House Quay. One of the finest buildings in Dublin.

The views above are from the south side of the River Liffey and below (and top of page) are from the end of Platform 1 of Tara Street Station.

 

 

Two contrasting 'statues'

 

The memorial sculpture of Matt Talbot by the Talbot Memorial Bridge of 1978 over the River Liffey. The sculpture of Matt Talbot (1856-1925)is on the City Quay by the artist-sculptor James Power. He was alcoholic Dublin docker, a good union man, who had a religious conversion and maintained sobriety for the last 40 years of his life. An Irish ascetic, he was awarded venerable status by the Vatican and is an icon of the Irish Temperance Movement. He is revered by many Catholics in Ireland struggling with addiction problems. When he suddenly collapsed and died in a Dublin Street, it was discovered he had kept iron chains around is waist to do penance for his past.

The strikingly simple 'linesman' sculpture on City Quay by Dony MacManus. The linesmen were the men who tied up the ships to the quayside

 

The Talbot Memorial Bridge 1978

 

Looking towards the Matt Talbot memorial bridge, the Custom House and the city centre beyond.

 

2009 scene looking towards the 'angled metal' of the Sean O'Casey footbridge

 

The Sean O'Casey footbridge of 2005.

 

The Sean O'Casey footbridge (pedestrian swing bridge) joining the City Quay and the Grand Canal, built and completed in 2005

 

 

Some great sailing ships to be seen at the 2009 May maritime weekend on Dublin's River Liffey

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The 'Kathleen & May" was built in 1900 and is a wonderful example of a three masted top sail schooner with a wooden hull.

 

 

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 The replica three masted famine ship Jeanie Johnson berthed at Queen's Quay. She is registered at Tralee and we last saw her in Dingle Harbour, Co. Kerry in the summer of 2007. The Jeanie Johnston is a replica of a 19th century ship that carried wood from North America to Europe and on return carried 2500 Irish immigrants from Tralee without a single loss of life - quite a remarkable record bearing in mind the loss of life on other overcrowded and unhygienic 'famine ships', many of whom were wrecked as well, BUT not the gallant Jeanie Johnston!

 

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The Loth Lorien (Lothlorien): This sailing ship was built in Norway in 1907 and probably worked as a herring lugger. She has been refitted as a 3 masted barquentine - schooner.

 

 

 

The Jeanie Johnston in 2012

 

The elegant curve of the Samuel Beckett Bridge

 

The Samuel Beckett Bridge was opened in 2009

 

The Samuel Beckett Bridge was designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava

 

The Samuel Beckett Bridge - detail

 

The old offices on Eden Quay, of the BRITISH AND IRISH STEAM PACKET COMPANY, first established in 1836 with a fleet of paddle steamers.

 

 

The ship CILL AIRNE, now the 'The Boat' bar and Restaurant

 

Left: A modern sculpture with nautical connections

Right: Statue-sculpture commemorating Admiral William Brown (1777-1857) founding father of the Argentine navy and honours this remarkable son of Foxford Co. Mayo. He was a key figure in their war of independence against Spain and successfully defended Argentina against Brazil.

 

 

Just going over the Samuel Beckett Bridge to look at the Royal Canal and other bridges!

 

Just over the Samuel Beckett bridge on the north side of the River Liffey is the Scherzer Rolling lift bridge invented by William Scherzer C.E. designed by the Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Company Chicago, 1909. The bridge was built by the Dublin Port & Docks Authority in 1911 by Spencer & co. Ltd. Melksham, Wilts. contractors for the Steel, Ironwork & Machinery Sir John Purber Griffith, M. Inst. C.E. Engineer. A plaque also mentions Port Talbot Steel Co. Ltd, Frodingham.

 

The development of flats and offices at Spencer Dock

 

 

A 'Dutch' style lifting bridge at the north end of Spencer Dock

 

View of the start of the Royal Canal from the road bridge at the north end of Spencer Dock. A stone on the bridge is inscribed 'Midland and Great Western Railway of Ireland, 15th April 1873'

 

See also  The Liffey River, Ha'penny Bridge and Temple Bar and

A 'bridge walk' by the River Liffey from Heuston Station to O'Connell Bridge

 

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