Turtle Bunbury

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From 'Dublin Docklands - An Urban Voyage' (MPG, 2009) by Turtle Bunbury.



This book is dedicated to my parents, Ben and Jessica Rathdonnell, who raised me, rearered me and kept my ship firmly pointed towards the harbour mouth.

Also to my beautiful wife Ally who guides me through the foggy spells and our daughter Jemima who tickles me pink from dawn till dusk till dawn again.

An enormous amount of people showed great kindness and support for this project. It is clearly a subject that people feel passionate about, not least my beautiful wife Ally who has frequently had her dreams interrupted as I holler loudly in my sleep about the lousy fate of the poor Pidgeons and the price of coal.

I would particularly like to thank the team at Montague Publications for all their help and good cheer, particularly that rock of calm, collected visual brilliance, Michael Swoboda.

Carmel Smith and Loretta Lambkin have shown immense patience, humour and attention to detail in the creation of these pages since the outset.

Nick Coveney and Jane Williams provided me with a most useful retreat on more occasions than I can possibly remember.

For taking the time to colour in the background, I take my hat off to Betty Ashe, Owen Binchy (Nascadh), Lar Bradshaw, Gerry Browne, Peter Coyne, Niall Dardis (Dublin Port), Betty Dempsey, Terry Fagan, Sonny Kinsella, Seánie Lamb (Inner City Renewal Group), Gus MacAmhlaigh, Paul Maloney, Joe Mooney, Bart Nolan, Paul O’Brien (paulobrien.eu) and Bill Taylor.

Colleen McFadden and Grainne Clarke tackled the proof-reading with admirable tolerance and zest. Any subsequent faults are mine, not theirs.

Thanks also to: Agnes Alvite, Daphne Barrow, David Bedlow, Alice Boyle, Kevin Bright, Tony Brennan, Mary Buckley (Norma Smurfit Library), Andrew Bunbury, Claire Byrne, John Callanan, Garrett Casey, Liz Casey (Bord Gáis), Catherine Cavendish, Dr. Mary Clark (Dublin City Archives), Howard Clarke, Frank Columb, Art Cockerill, Michael Corcoran, Ron Cox, Harry Crosbie, Jessika Creedon, Aileen Cummins, Gemma Curry, Brenda Daly, Brendan Delany, Gillian Davidson, Dermot Desmond, Brendan Dinneen. Brian Donovan, Siobhan Duran, Dermod Dwyer, Willie Dwyer, Eneclann Ltd, Sam Field Corbett, Allen Foster, Michael Fox, Kieran Frost, Maureen Fryer-Kelsey (Mills and Millers of Ireland), Charles Funke, Cian Gallagher, Peter Goble, Joan Gordon, Fred Hammond, Brian Hand, Mette Boye Hansen, Jim Hargis, Laura Harty, John Heueston (IFHS), Andrew Hewat, Tom Hulton, Paul Hutchin (map master), Roisin Ingle, Hugo Jellett, Arthur Johnson, Art Kavanagh, Michael Kavanagh (MVK Architects), Mary Kelleher, Gerry Kelly, Jed Kelly, Rosa Kende, Liam Kenny, Patrick King, Clodagh Kingston, Erin Leitzes, Pat Liddy, Marcel Lindsay, Rosalyn Long (Live Nation), Camille Lynch, Criostoir MacCarthaigh, Séamas Mac Philib, Michael Purcell, Fiachra McCarthy, Jennifer McCormack, Paul McGowan, Tim Magennis, Ronan Maguire, John Maher, Siobhan Marlow, John Martin, Paul McCann, Mary McMahon , Andrew Moore, Helen Mumby, Charlie Murphy (Irish Nautical Trust), John Murphy, Colm Murray (Heritage Council), Isabella Rose Nolan, John Nolan (Walls), Annette Nugent, Mícheál Ó Cionna (Liffey Ferry), Roland O’Connell, Carol O’Connor (An Taisce), Des O Murchu, John Onions, Aodhan O Riordain, Peter Pearson, Michael Pike, William Paterson, Derek Patterson, Dave Pennington (LNWR Society), Jason Popplewell, Roger Quarm, Ruairi Quinn, TD, Charlie Raben, Stan Ridgeway, Eibhlin Roche, Erica Roseingrave (Bus Éireann), Angel Sanchez, Jessica Slingsby, Francis Taylor, Simon Thornton (Chadwick’s), Cait Tutty, Margaret Ward, Susan Walsh, Bill Webster, Derek Whelan (IWAI), Karim White, Trevor White and Dolores Wilson.


For contemporary photographs I take a heartfelt bow to the following: Arco Ardon, Peter Barrow (aerial photos), Stu Carroll, Ronan Conroy, Nathalie Márquez Courtney, Maurice Frazer, James Fennell (jamesfennell.com), Cathal Furey (RedAgenda.com), Charles Howarth, Derek Head, Karim Heredia, Monika Hinz, Kami Kami, Richard Kelly, Baz Keogh (bazkeoghshow@hotmail.com), Eugene Langan, Brian Lawlor (cover image), William Lawlor, Michael Moran, Colm Mullen (info@ colmmullen.ie), Donal Murphy, William Murphy (streetsofdublin.com), Henriette Gran Myreng, Gerry O’Leary, Luca Rocchini, (lucarocchini.com) Michael Ryan, Damian Scott, Carlos Jiménez Soriano, John Wallace (johnwallacephotography.com) and the Dublin Camera Club.

Other photographs came from private collections or were generously sent in by interested parties such as Paddy Curtis, Aiden McCabe, Charles Friel, Fantasy Jack Palance, Ray Peacock, Anne Ingle, Dublin Chamber of Commerce, Dublin City Public Libraries, Dublin City Council, Dublin Port, the Industrial Heritage Association of Ireland (steam-museum.com), the Institution of Civil Engineers, the John Osman Collection (www.photographs.ie), the National Archives, the Guinness Archive Collection, the National College of Ireland, the National Gallery of Ireland and the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (steamtrainsireland.com).


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