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Docklands developments – of sorts

September 11, 2011 Leave a comment

A couple of interesting sights in the Dublin Docklands last week.

On the south docklands for the last week or so, a timber creation was being developed in Grand Canal Dock. The strange construction turns out to be a desert island being constructed as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival. Seems like Dublin will have a new one bedroom apartment except this time it will be a floating island with its creator Fergal McCarthy living on it during the festival.

“After the huge success of last year’s LiffeyTown, artist Fergal McCarthy returns with a new art installation in 2011. A desert island will appear overnight in the midst of the Liffey. ” More details are available on the festival’s website (http://www.fringefest.com/event/no-mans-land) and Fergal McCarthy’s blog.

The two island halves being brought through Grand Canal Dock

Liffeytown (2010 Fringe Fest)

Meanwhile in the north Docklands, it wasn’t ‘crane watch’ but ‘piling rig watch’ last week as the site behind the Namaland Anglo building had a couple of piling rigs working away. What construction project was starting in the north Docklands site? Were our flailing construction and property businesses getting a timely boost? Well not quite. It isn’t a high spec office, hotel or housing development but the pumping station for the area behind the convention centre beginning construction.

View from Upper Mayor Street