This road leads to Portobello Harbour.
Locks Restaurant was a former sweetshop and in revolutionary times its basement window provided a great vantage point for spying across the canal at the former British Army barracks, Portobello Barracks. It opened in 1815 and became the National Army’s headquarters under General Michael Collins during the Civil War. In 1952 it was renamed Cathal Brugha Barracks, in honour of one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising.
I went on a walking tour about twenty years ago and the tour guide claimed that Oscar Square and the associated streets was named in honour of Oscar Wilde. However, the reality is that Oscar Square is not named after Oscar Wilde, but rather Oscar, son of Oisín of Na Fianna. Nearby, Clarence Mangan Road was named in honour of the poet, and O’Carolan Road for the harpist.
A friend of mine lived in the area and claimed that there was once a World War II bomb shelter in the small public park but that the park may not have been a public park back then. In December 2020 A local lady told me that when she was young it was known as Rosary Park, and it was always closed to the public except on Sundays, but it is now known as Oscar Square Park even though it is not square [there was also a joke that I cannot include here]. I checked a few maps and it looks square to me but I did come across an account that described it as a triangle.
The site is bound by Newmarket Square to the North, Ardee Street to the west and Mill Street to the south Including City House and Unit 3, Newmarket, Dublin 8.
The project will consist of a residential / mixed use development totalling 29,570sq.m on a site of c.0.66ha at Newmarket, Dublin 8.
The development includes a Specific BTR (Build to Rent) Development comprising 413 units (comprising 203no. studios, 136no. one bedroom units, 72no. 2 bedroom units and 2no. 3 bedroom units) and associated Resident Support Facilities / Resident Services and Amenities and all associated ancillary accommodation (totalling 28,735qm) in a building ranging from 6 storeys to Newmarket (including set back level) stepping to 9-13 storeys towards St. Luke’s Avenue. The buildings are arranged around a semi-public courtyard and a new internal street linking Newmarket and St. Luke’s Avenue. 5no. rooftop terraces are proposed for residents.
The proposed development includes 3no independent units on Newmarket comprising a 1no. café/restaurants (216sqm) and 2no. retail units (490sqm) and an artists’ studio (129sqm). Lower ground floor / basement level includes car parking spaces (50no.) and cycle parking and facilities accessed from a new entrance on Newmarket Street.
The demolition of all existing buildings on the overall site known as the IDA Ireland Small Business Centre at Newmarket Industrial Estate has been approved and will be carried out pursuant to Reg Ref: 3323/17 (Bord Ref: ABP 300431-17).
The remainder of the overall site bounded by Newmarket, Brabazon Place, St.Luke’s Avenue and Newmarket Street is the subject of a separate planning application to Dublin City Council (Reg Ref: 4743/19) for a Hotel development with 2no. retail/ restaurant units.
I got off the train at Salthill-Monkstown Station with the intention of walking to Dalkey but I ended up exploring the Glenageary area instead.
Longford Terrace, Monkstown is a set of 28 houses in two terraced blocks of Victorian buildings all of which face the sea and the railway track. There is a linear park between the houses and the railway and I think that it is known as Seapoint Park.
Salthill and Monkstown railway station serves the areas of Salthill (on the coast) and Monkstown (just inland) in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, Ireland.
It is situated between Seapoint and Dún Laoghaire DART stations. The station has a car park, ticket office, automated ticket and vending machines. The ticket office is open between 05:45-00:15 AM, Monday to Sunday. The original Salthill station opened in May 1837. It was built by the Dublin and Kingstown Railway. It closed in 1960 and was electrified and reopened in 1984 with the arrival of DART services.
A recent decision taken to rename the Berkeley library in Trinity College Dublin due to George Berkeley’s association with slavery, was not about “cancelling Berkeley as a writer, philosopher and intellectual historical figure” according to a report in the Irish Times.
Standing proudly on the podium of the iconic brutalist Berkeley Library is Sfera con sfera ('Sphere within sphere'). Properly part of Trinity College Dublin's Art Collections rather than a Library treasure, this sculpture by renowned Italian artist Arnaldo Pomodoro is, however, intrinsically linked to the Library. The 'Pomodoro sphere', as it is known locally, acts as a meeting point, photo backdrop and point of interest for thousands of students, staff and tourists as they move through Trinity's beautiful campus.