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Thursday 14 November 2002
7.00 A FASCINATING JOURNEY UNDER THE STREETS OF DUBLIN
"We're entering the kingdom of the rats. This is their world. They live in the underground of Ireland, not just of Dublin. But they are afraid of you as you are of them. Up to now they haven't bothered me personally". (David Green, Dublin City Council Drainage Division, speaking in the underground Poddle river.)
This week LÃ©argas, in a programme called Baile Ãtha Cliath Faoi do Chosa, goes places where no camera has been before - into the dark and sometimes dangerous world of Dublin's underground. Presenter Fachtna Ã“
Drisceoil and David Green of the City Drainage
Department, brave sewage and rapidly rising waters in a tour of Dublin's underground river, the Poddle. Archaeologist Annaba Kilfeather travels the same journey on the surface, revealing the Poddle's secret history as she goes. The programme discloses some of Dublin's best kept secrets. We enter the Liffey tunnel, close to the East Link Toll Bridge. We travel through the Phoenix Park rail tunnel, which isn't used for passenger rail even
though it connects Heuston and Connolly stations.
A newly discovered medieval slipway in a Merchant's Quay basement is still covered at high tide by the Liffey's waters, just as it was 700 years ago. The City's original poor house - which later became the Foundling Hospital - has been re-discovered and incorporated into the basement of a modern extension to St. James's hospital.
The programme also features the mummies in the crypt of St Michan's Church and - bringing us right up to date - the first television pictures from inside the Dublin Port Tunnel.
"While a lot of work is done in the Liffey tunnel,
it's out of sight and out of mind. If the work wasn't done properly and there was no water in the tap and the sewage was coming back up the toilet people would know all about the Liffey tunnel!" (Peadar O'Sullivan, Senior Engineer with Dublin City Council, talking about the Liffey tunnel which carries main
water and sewage pipes, as well as electricity
"It's very quiet there and if you are interested in philosophy it's a good place to meditate. In the middle of the city, with the Financial Centres behind, you can be in tune with nature down in the tunnel!" (Peadar O'Sullivan.)
"For those who are directly in the face it's one of the toughest jobs you can find. They work in very confined space. It's very hot. It's incredibly noisy. Let me put it this way -it's not the most desirable occupation but they are tough men and they'd need to be." (Timothy Brick, Deputy City Engineer speaking
about the Dublin Port Tunnel.)
"There is so much stuff under our feet that people would be really amazed. They think they're walking down modern streets but the footprint of the past is just beneath them."
(Linzi Simpson, Archaeologist)