Dublin Street Lighting

Re: Dublin Street Lighting

Postby StephenC » Thu Jun 20, 2013 9:24 pm

7 years after it was started, the 'new' public lighting scheme on Pearse Street has finally been completed and the odd bod collection of old stuff removed. And despite earlier grumpy comments from me, the finish of the pavement looks well.

We're making progress people...

No sign of the same for parts of historic granite on College Green though. That will have to wait until Luas CrossCity.
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Re: Dublin Street Lighting

Postby Alek Smart » Fri Sep 20, 2013 11:59 pm

Hard to friggin believe that its over Three YEARS since I posted about the stygian blackness of Westmoreland Street ,It now WORSE than ever !......DCC's long game is obviously working as it appear they are waiting on the Electric Tramway Company to light the place up....But perhaps I'm expecting a bit much from DCC....as the arrangements surrounding the Bus Diversions at Merrion Row quite clearly show.....The REAL power base now is obviously the Taxi Driving Fraternity...... :crazy:
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Re: Dublin Street Lighting

Postby StephenC » Sat Sep 21, 2013 1:18 pm

we've run out of lightbulbs maybe? a few of them aul galvanised steel yokes that were put up in Coolock Industrial Estate should work a treat.
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Re: Dublin Street Lighting

Postby Alek Smart » Sat Sep 21, 2013 2:55 pm

At this point in time,with the Darkness of Winter approaching (NOTE to DCC...Winter evenings = Darkness......Hint-Hint ? ) I would be satisfied with bunches of Burning Oil Soaked Rushes tied with wire and hung from some of the forest of poles used for every friggin purpose EXCEPT facilitating the Public's safe passage into and out of the Portaloos .....If there are any Photo-Hogs on this forum,how about a Nightime Photo Montage of the West side of Westmoreland Street...the dark side between College Green and Fleet Street....?
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Re: Dublin Street Lighting

Postby Peter Fitz » Tue Nov 26, 2013 6:16 pm

So that crappy galvanised post that stood alone at the top of Kenilworth Square North for the last number of years was no accident and has been deemed an acceptable replacement for the entire stretch from the junction with Rathgar Avenue down to the end of Kenilworth Road.

20 or so of the brown aggregate concrete posts line the stretch right down to the end of Kenilworth Road, one of the longest remaining stretches that I am aware of, currently being ripped out and replaced with the lighting equivalent of a shopping trolley.

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Re: Dublin Street Lighting

Postby GrahamH » Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:44 pm

Gah! Why must we brutalise our streets? Have urban design principles now plummeted to the extent that even the miserable 1940s produced infinitely better street furniture than we're capable of seven decades on?

Fully agreed that Kenilworth Road has a distinctive grandeur thanks to these stylish concrete posts. RIP on Google Street View : (
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Re: Dublin Street Lighting

Postby StephenC » Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:51 pm

Dublin City Council's 'Odds n Ends' Department (Lighting) strikes again. IMO THE worst department within the Council. Continuously wallows in mediocrity.
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Re: Dublin Street Lighting

Postby Peter Fitz » Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:22 am

It looks like the shopping trolley treatment is being extended to take in Kenilworth park, Kenilworth Square North, Kenilworth Road & Grosvenor Road.

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Most of the existing posts appear to be in very good condition. No doubt the council will argue that there were wiring difficulties internally, but surely some form of reconditioning was a viable option when set against the cost of a fresh install.
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Re: Dublin Street Lighting

Postby Alek Smart » Sat Nov 30, 2013 2:04 pm

StephenC wrote:Dublin City Council's 'Odds n Ends' Department (Lighting) strikes again. IMO THE worst department within the Council. Continuously wallows in mediocrity.


I rather fear,StephenC,that the Public Lighting section merely takes it's lead from what purports to be Senior Administrators in Civic Offices.

As most compos-mentis users of Dublin as a functioning Capital City,will readily attest to,the recent activities (or lack of same) all point to a Senior Civic Management Team which has taken,lierally,to a windowless fallout shelter,from where it's "Professionals" issue an ever increasing stream of manic instructions in the manner of May 1945 Berlin.

Just take a mid-evening ramble later on,around The Kildare St/Merrion Row/Stephens Green Luas BXD "Site" for a very significant underlining of whats missing "on the street"....it's mainly down to a lack of INTEREST !!!! :thumbdown:
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Re: Dublin Street Lighting

Postby Peter Fitz » Thu May 01, 2014 1:35 pm

So the aforementioned 'lighting scheme' from Kenilworth Park - Kenilworth Road - Grosvenor Road is now complete it seems.

What we got is a lovely mish mash, you might even say an eclectic mix.

Entrance to Street

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A few new posts, hewn from melted shopping trollies

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And, ah lads I couldn't be arsed with this anymore

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Nice one DCC.
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Re: Dublin Street Lighting

Postby StephenC » Thu May 01, 2014 2:41 pm

And good luck getting those tarmac patches filled in...
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Re: Dublin Street Lighting

Postby GrahamH » Fri May 02, 2014 12:40 am

Oh dear, what a mess Peter. What strikes me about the Lighting Department in DCC, is that unlike other divisions in there that at least attempt a professional veneer, Lighting really seems to have no pride whatsoever in what it does - either with contemporary or historic stock. It appears there's barely a person in there that is interested in what they do, or the important role they play in shaping our streetscapes. It's a real shame. Quite sad, and far removed from most people's perception of a Pat Liddy-esque, chest swelling public guardian of the realm. A few more cases of the above though, and people will begin to get the message.

As mentioned before, the fact that wartime lamps are head-and-shoulders above what we're now getting dished out in the 21st century, speaks volumes of how standards have plummeted...
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Re: Dublin Street Lighting

Postby StephenC » Sat May 03, 2014 11:18 am

Not even an attempt to match lantern heads. Its really shocking. But people also need to demand better. Otherwise it is simply a case of engineers doing their worst with impunity.
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Re: Dublin Street Lighting

Postby thebig C » Sun Jun 01, 2014 7:50 pm

If ever there was a case for Victorian reproduction this was it!

Its says it all when the 1940s/1950s product is actually more sympathetic to the Nineteenth Century streetscape.

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Re: Dublin Street Lighting

Postby StephenC » Mon Jun 02, 2014 2:40 pm

My own humble 1930s Corporation Housing Scheme is now getting the loving attention of DCC Public Lighting - with predictable results. A number of these concrete standards are slated for removal...their filials the first things to go. Galvanised yokes to replace them. Assorted lampheads for variety.
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