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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

No cranes remain

Macdara Ferris: “‘And when the Celtic Tiger saw the breadth of her collapse, she wept, for there were no more cranes to see.’ Benefits of being a Die Hard fan.”

This week saw the removal of the last crane in the Docklands. The south quay site off Green Street, where State Street occupies one quarter of the site, had its crane removed during the week.

The view from northside looking to the south quay with three cranes (May 2011)

View from Grand Canal Dock with State Street foreground, Nama/Carroll's/Anglo Building in background and no cranes to be seen (July 2011)

Hans Gruber: “‘And when Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer.’ Benefits of a classical education.”

Crane Watch

Crane Update:

No cranes left on the northside

The last cranes left in the docklands sit south of the liffey above unfinished basement off Green Street


The last cranes left in the docklands sit south of the liffey above unfinished basement off Green Street

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Dude, where’s my crane?

Sitting at my desk I have a good view of a few of the Celtic Tiger developments. Looking over my left shoulder I can see Lansdowne Road Stadium (aka The Aviva, The Palindrome or The Dublin Arena for next week’s Europa League final). Over the top of my screen, I have Alto Vetro, the top of the Grand Canal Theatre and can make out the top of the Samuel Beckett Bridge.

Samuel Beckett Bridge

On my right are my own personal weather vanes with the abandoned cranes over some of the unfinished Docklands developments. As the cranes are left swing free in the wind, they let me know which way the wind and hence the weather is coming.

Back at my desk today, I noticed a bit of movement to my right and a new temporary crane was popping over the adjoining building. This was at work dismantling one of the cranes on the infamous Liam Carroll development on the north of the Liffey. This had been ear marked to be the brand new headquarters for Anglo Irish Bank. But somewhere between bankrupting the country and forcing us to lose our economic sovereignty, Anglo never made it there. Carroll’s companies lie in Nama and the Anglo building lies derelict surrounded by abandoned cranes. Well by tomorrow it looks like the cranes will be gone, maybe the receiver got a good price for them – let us hope so.

View from East Link Bridge towards IFSC

Temporary mobile crane in foreground

Two workers climb up to help dismantle final crane


Crane ballast being lifted off (1of3)

Crane ballast being lifted off (2 of 3)


Crane ballast being lifted off (3 of 3)