THE GRAND CANALAND NEARBY

THIS IS GRAND CANAL QUAYDOCKLANDS AREA OF DUBLIN

Grand Canal Quay is at the west side of Grand Canal Dock, a popular area for the arts and enterprise, making the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, 3Arena and a host of international companies from Google to Accenture part of the neighbourhood.

Located in the Dublin docklands, Grand Canal Dock is where the canal meets the River Liffey. In the late 18th century it was the largest docks in the world.

Significant redevelopment post-2000 resulted in many tech companies moving into the area, earning Grand Canal Dock the nickname “Silicon Docks”.

LOW RAILWAY BRIDGEBOSTON SIDINGS

VERY LOW RAILWAY BRIDGE AT BOSTON SIDINGS [ GRAND CANAL QUAY - CLANWILLIAM TERRACE]

I had not noticed until day that traffic under this bridge is limited to cyclists/motorbikes and pedestrians.

Many years ago a friend was on his way home from school and saw a double deck bus crash into this bridge. We never found out why the driver decide that he could fit under the bridge. Some of the boys at school had mentioned that the driver who was well known in the area usually drove a single deck bus and that he often took a unapproved shortcut back, at the end of the day, to the nearby garage [maybe it was nothing more than an urban myth]. Also, looking at the bridge today I am fairly confident that no type of bus could every have passed under this bridge.

One side of the bridge is Grand Canal Quay while the other side is Clanwilliam Terrace. The Malting Tower is located at the bridge and it usually incorporated a restaurant [I say usually because there have been a number of different restaurants over the years].

I know very little about the Malting Tower other than it was built in 1860 and restored in 2002. Also,It was occupied by volunteers during the Easter Rising.

To the best of my knowledge the construction site to be seen in some of my photographs is known as Boston Sidings having frontage on to Macken Street and Grand Canal Quay/Clanwilliam Terrace and is likely to accommodate an office block of ten storeys.


LA TOUCHE BRIDGESOUTH RICHMOND STREET - LOWER RATHMINES ROAD

A few years ago I went on a guided walking tour of the Grand Canal and according to the guide in 1861 a horrible tragedy occurred at La Touche Bridge when a horse drawn bus plunged into the Grand Canal killing 6 passengers. The conductor was rescued by a passing policeman.

JAMESON CHRISTMAS TREEMADE FROM WHISKEY BOTTLES

The 3D Christmas tree at the Barge Pub, Charlemont Mall, was carefully crafted with whiskey bottles, which are individually lit and pixel mapped with the latest LED technology.

According to Irish Distillers: "The Jameson Christmas Tree at The Barge is a beautifully crafted installation by our brand experience agency Nineyards and presents Jameson in a really iconic way in our home market."

CHARLEMONT MALLTHE BANKS OF THE GRAND CANAL

CHARLEMONT MALL CHARLEMONT BRIDGE TO LA TOUCHE BRIDGE

Today I walked along the Grand Canal from Charlemont Street to Portobello as it was a beautiful day as you can see from my photographs. I then decided to continue on to Brighton Square via Rathmines which was really buzzing as if it was Christmas.

Charlemont Bridge connects Charlemont Street and Ranelagh Road and many know the bridge as Ranelagh Bridge.

Most people in Dublin would be unaware that what the refer to as Portobello Bridge is actually named La Touche Bridge named after William Digges La Touche, a director of the Grand Canal Company. The bridge was built in 1791 but much of the steel was replaced in 2004.

WILTON TERRACE AND NEARBY

I lived and worked here for three or four years and also attended a nearby school for ten years and I have always liked the area but when I was young Wilton Place and Wilton Terrace was to be avoided, at night, as it was a very active red light area.


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