A view from the sky over the southeast wing of Dublin shows a scene that has not only changed but changed utterly! We haven't visited the "Monkey" Morgan Collection for some time and this is a cracker of a shot to show us just how interesting they can be. I'm curious about the apparent running track on the bottom right - Shelbourne Park perhaps?
Google Maps Satellite 3D (takes a while to load) - email@example.com,-6.2289797,250a,35y,310.8... A remarkable lack of trees. And consequently, no dogs.
That is indeed Shelbourne Park per the 6" map.
The Grand Canal Docks, crossed by the rail line to Bray and beyond. Westland Row sidings to the left and the 1840 D&SE Railway Works beyond.
Busarus was finished 1953, just 2 years before this.
I see Nelson's pillar top left, which lasted another 11 years.
In the Grand Canal Dock, to the right of frame, I see a lightship painted with Skulmartin
This has to be the first NLI photograph that has brought a smell to mind. The gas works... that putrid smell of distilled coal gas. My father used bring us to Tara Street baths every Tuesday evening. We'd rumble along those badly lit cobbled quays with the air full of that horrible smell. Our fear was that we'd break down and be stuck in that scary hell for ever. Ringsend was a rusting dirty place then.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Still, it was home to a fine technical institute on Cambridge Rd. where there were further smells to enjoy from the old sewer works further downstream.
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I remember that smell!
THE ALLIANCE & DUBLIN GAS COMPANY in full rusting technicolor. flic.kr/p/2obRdsv
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Ah, the Dublin & Kingstown Grand Canal Street Works, aka "The Factory", arguably the first railway company in the world to build their own steam locomotive, the 2-2-2T "Princess" in 1941, Richard Pim being CME and beating the Liverpool and Manchester to that record by short distance. I could have slight concern there's a small possibility a Scottish Company might actually be able to claim that record, albeit for a minor small engine. The building was originally the "Dock Distillery" as I recall; maybe producing gin. While initially a massive improvement to the D&KR and Serpentine Road "Engine Hospital", by the 1910s the small place was struggling with the much larger engines of the 60+ strong D&SER fleet and the extra pressure of civil war repairs.
Deirge O'Dhaoinebeaga The sidings on the right we’re also part of the “Works” and later home to the rail machines maintenance depot, aka Barrow St. This building was reinforced with some strange looking early rail profile known, I think, as Barlow rail. https://flic.kr/p/edqvPv
The Grand Canal Dock dates from 1796 and is located where the Grand Canal joins the Liffey. You can just see the connecting lock and start of the canal on the left. Almost derelict at the time of the photo it’s now home to Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Airbnb and has the nickname ‘Silicon Docks’.
Of interest - "A sad story" via https://www.flickr.com/photos/infomatique/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/infomatique/6881113617/in/photostream/
Directly across the river from the large gasometer lies the entrance to Spencer Dock, formerly Royal Canal Dock, and the Royal Canal
Dún Laoghaire Micheál
Most suburban gardens have those "trampolines" now.