Dublin Docklands - An Urban Voyage
was launched in the Audi Club
at The O2, Dublin, on
10th March 2009 by
John Gormley, TD, Minister for the Environment, Heritage & Local Government.
Commissioned by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority, this comprehensive, illustrated and beautiful book by Turtle Bunbury was published in 2009. It charts the evolution of an area of 1,300 acres bordered by Clontarf to the north, the Irish Sea on the east, Ballsbridge and Pearse Street to the south and Amiens Street to the west.
By placing his research on line, Turtle hopes others will enjoy these pages and perhaps correct any errors and advise of further information or useful anecdotes. It is to be noted that the texts below do not necessarily correlate with those in the book. This is simply a broad sample of the chapters and sub-chapters with draft texts:
Place Names - Etymology of the street and bridge names in the CHQ.
The Custom House - James Gandon's Georgian masterpiece.
Carlisle Bridge - James Gandon's short-lived Liffey bridge.
Turtle Bunbury and Carmel Smith pondering the new book.
Custom House Characters - James Gandon, Edward Smyth, Napper Tandy, the Hon John Beresford & Joseph Mallagh.
Custom House Quay & Old Dock - The beginning of the riverfront.
Custom House Docks & Stores - George's Dock & the Inner Dock.
Connolly Station - Bringing the railway to the Northside.
Great Northern Railway - Linking Dublin and Belfast.
O'Connell Bridge - The present day successor to Carlisle Bridge.
CHQ in Victorian Times - Every dock has its day.
The chq Building - Formerly known as the Tobacco Store or Stack A.
The Crimean War Banquet - The day Stack A hosted the British army.
The Harbour Master - The one-time hub of Dublin Port.
Jeanie Johnston - The stunning replica of an extraordinary famine ship.
Butt Bridge - The first reinforced cement bridge in Britain or Ireland.
Joseph Mallagh - The Docklands engineer who rebuilt Butt Bridge.
Gandon House - Temporary headquarters of the Port & Docks Board.
Loopline Railway Bridge - Described by Jim Larkin as the 'foulest thing' in Dublin.
John Henry Foley - the Docklands boy who became the greatest sculptor of the Victorian Age.
CHQ in the 20th Century - Air Raids and other mishaps.
The Guinness Barges - The much loved lightes that carried the black stuff.
Busaras -Michael Scott's pioneering modern post-war bus station.
CHDDA - A brief history of the Custom House Docks Development Authority.
The IFSC - A brief history of the International Finances Services Centre.
Place Names - Etymology of the streets and roads of North Wall.
North Wall - A historical stroll through the past 300 years.
North Wall Quay - The taming of a river.
George Halpin - the chief engineer of the Docklands.
St Laurence O'Toole's Girl School - The home of the Larrier Girls.
St Laurence O'Toole Church - Matt Talbot's Gothic local.
St Laurence O'Toole GAA Club - The rebellious champs who gave rise to the Drama Society.
St Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band - The Champions of Champions who played in the Lock Out.
The London & North Western Railway Company - aka the LNWR.
The British & Irish Steam Packet Company - aka the B&I Line.
Scherzer Bridges - The innovative rolling lift design from Chicago.
Talbot Memorial Bridge - In memory of an eccentric teetotaller.
Sean O'Casey Bridge - The award-winning pedestrian bridge built in 2005.
The Cill Airne - The last serving ship from the Liffey Dockyard.
Spencer Dock & the Royal Canal - Including the new Bridge and Linear Park.
The Convention Centre - Kevin Roche's innovative conference centre.
The East Link Toll Bridge - Tom Roche's pioneering concept.
Sir John Purser Griffith - the Docklands engineer and pioneering force in the Irish peat power industry.
The 100-Ton Crane - MAN's awesome electric crane.
The 02 - Dublin's new amphitheatre.
Place Names - Etymology of the bridge and street names of East Wall.
The Creation of a Community - Children of the Railways.
East Wall in the 20th Century - Adapting to the new age.
The School Boy Strike of 1911 - Hard times in The Wharf School.
East Wall Characters - Fluther Good and his friends.
Rathborne Candles - Ireland's oldest company and former East Wall stalwart.
East Point Business Park - Dermot Pierce's remarkable legacy.
St Barnabas Church - The Mariner's Church of the LNWR.
Wiggins Teape - The neo-classical tobacco factory.
Sean O'Casey Community Centre - In memory of the playwright.
Rev DH Hall - The Building Parson of St Barnabas's Parish.
Sean O'Casey - The working man's playwright.
Splendid Isolation - Football, Church Funds and East Wall Festivals.
Modern Times - Innovation Parks and Ambitious Plans.
Streetwise - Etymology of the bridge and street names of the GCD.
The Grand Canal & Grand Canal Docks - A New Age for the Southside.
Locks & Graving Docks - The lock-keeper and the builder's docks.
Grand Canal Quay - From Alto to Treasury.
Grand Canal Street & Maquay Bridge - Artichokes, Cats & Dogs and the Bolands Mills.
Boland's Mill & Bakery - The building where Eamon de Valera earned his revolutionary colours.
Boland’s Mill in 1916 - A potted look at the garrison on the Grand Canal.
Charlotte Quay - Bottle-makers and Princesses.
McMahon Bridge & the Tramway Twins - The gateway to Ringsend.
The Coalmen - Bringing the coal from the pit to the fireplace.
Bindon Blood Stoney - the father of Irish cement.
Dublin's Diving Bells - Bindon Stoney's masterpiece.
Samuel Beckett Bridge - Santiago Calatrava's upcoming landmark.
Maquay Bridge - The first bridge of the Grand Canal.
Hanover Quay Gasworks - Lighting the houses of Dublin.
U2 - The Docklands Band.
Grand Canal Square - Liebskind, Mateus, Schwarz together.
Sir John Rogerson - founding father of the Dublin Docklands.
Sir John Rogerson’s Quay - from wooden piles to high rise.
The Gasometre - An icon of the Thirties.
Hibernian Marine School - The first building on the Quay.
Streetwise – Ringsend.
The Golden Age - The impact of the Pigeonhouse Fort
Ringsend Bridge - The elliptical arch is fast approaching its 2012 bicentenary.
London Bridge - The 1857 creation on Bath Avenue about which little is known.