Underneath Dublin?

Postby LOB » Mon May 28, 2001 11:29 am

This is not in dublin but I thought it might be of interest
Brunels early beginnings http://www.museumweb.freeserve.co.uk/brunel.htm
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Postby GregF » Mon May 28, 2001 11:34 am

Was'nt Isambard Kingdom Brunel a genius of the 19th century and what a handle of a name too!
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Postby LOB » Mon May 28, 2001 11:39 am

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Postby Rory W » Wed May 30, 2001 2:17 pm

I think I saw that Pat Liddy (I think) had written a book on this matter
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Postby tld » Fri Jun 01, 2001 10:51 am

I believe there is a vast underground chamber
under the liffy my wifes uncle as a fifeteen yr old and in the employ of the waterworks remembers playing football there in the 1950S
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Postby iuxta » Tue Jun 26, 2001 5:04 pm

I have heard that there are passages under Henrietta street from the time when the law courts were held in the kings inns and judges were living in the street and would use the tunnels to pass back and forth from the Chambers to their houses.

The underground chamber underneath the liffey sounds great. is there any documentary proof? and why was it built?
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Postby murcon » Tue Jun 26, 2001 6:10 pm

Apparently there are underground WW2 bunkers beneath Mountjoy Square. Most of them are waterlogged, and have been blocked off. According to the parkie one of the raised hatches near the centre of the park leads to one of the few open chambers.
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Thu Jun 20, 2002 6:32 pm

Must look up the bunkers... surprised I havent heard of that elsewhere
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Postby LOB » Fri Jun 21, 2002 4:31 pm

Originally posted by iuxta
I have heard that there are passages under Henrietta street from the time when the law courts were held in the kings inns and judges were living in the street and would use the tunnels to pass back and forth from the Chambers to their houses.



Doubtful,
Henrietta street was built before The Kings inns & when the kings inns was being completed henrietta street was already beginning to decline in stature after the act of union.
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Postby Rory W » Tue Jun 25, 2002 5:44 pm

The "tunnels" in Henrietta street legend is from the time that roadwoks led to the roofs of the cellars (which ran to the middle of the street) collapsing and exposing same
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Postby thomas o brien » Tue Jun 25, 2002 11:41 pm

Was on a tour of the gate theatre during the year. the guy in charge told us that thre are dry tunnels from the rotunda, gate theatre running all the way to dublin castle. he had been down them but chickend out somewhere near the gresham. they date from same time as wide streets etc. they can be entered from the carpark at the rear of the theatre.(tell no one!)
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Wed Jun 26, 2002 9:56 am

they'd have to do down fairly deep under the liffey -- and why would they link the rotunda to the castle
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Postby LOB » Wed Jun 26, 2002 10:51 am

Gate Theatre - Dublin Castle
Drama Queens - Castles
sounds logical
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Postby thomas o brien » Thu Jun 27, 2002 11:18 pm

I only have the word of a goaty old thesbian who swore the legitimacy of these underground delights. Heed my words all ye disbelievers for when the apocalypse comes, I shall be living a life of culture and sophistication beneath the ground with the cast of such delightful productions as pride and prejudice. ey yes.
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Postby Rory W » Fri Jun 28, 2002 3:15 pm

And another tunnel that leads to the lake isle of inishfree no doubt...
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Postby Fiona Flynn » Sat Jun 29, 2002 11:46 am

There was an interesting thesis in fifth year exhibition in UCD this year about tunnels under the city ect. Did you know that there are tunnels under UCD also and they are not blocked off (entrance near the watertower).
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Postby fjp » Sat Jun 29, 2002 3:13 pm

It's probably local "folklore", but there are alleged tunnels running from Deerpark in Mount Merrion to Mount Anville School. And potentially one from Mount Anville to Knocrabo (the large house across Mount Anville Road).

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Postby ro_G » Sun Jun 30, 2002 11:53 am

rumour has it that a tunnel is currently being dug under the Heritage Coucil HQ by a young dissident webmaster, wielding an arsenal of explosives and unique page impression stats ;-)
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Postby Rory W » Mon Jul 01, 2002 10:59 am

The water tower tunnel in ucd only runs as far as the science block - went wandering down there in first year - the things you do to avoid study huh!
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Mon Jul 15, 2002 2:42 pm

I was in St Bricin's Military Hospital, Arbour Hill last Friday. There is a tunnel which runs from there, via Arbour Hill Prison (formerly the military prison) to the former Collins Barracks, all downhill to move prisoners around. It is closed up for security but essentially still there.
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o'connell st stop

Postby monZQ » Tue Jul 16, 2002 11:53 am

I heard that there was a stop built under O'Connell street for the underground that would inevitably be built, or so they thought. It was around the time they were building the underground in London, so they thought it would only be a matter of time before Dublin had an underground system. Is this true or is someone mixing the public toilets with an underground stop?
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Postby iuxta » Tue Jul 16, 2002 1:50 pm

I was walking down to bus aras last week and there is a deep excavation on Store Street.
It reveals a load of services running all over the place but also a brick tunnel running along the centre line of the street.

The tunnel is big enough for a single person to walk along. I'm not sure if it was a pedestrian tunnel or a water duct, although it seems to have a flat floor, rather then the curved one you would normally associate with a sewer
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Tue Jul 16, 2002 2:38 pm

Might have been a pipe of some sort, or the remains of a cellar or something - there were old stores there prior to Busaras on the edge of the Custom House Dock (now filled in - partly under Busaras and the road between it and the IFSC)....
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Postby LOB » Tue Jul 16, 2002 2:44 pm

victorian brick sewer by the sounds of it

probably a bit like this
http://www.usgennet.org/usa/nj/state/Essex-NewarkSewerPics.htm


The people behind that site have way too much time on their hands
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Postby MG » Tue Jul 16, 2002 2:49 pm

There's a reasonably susbstantial network of wide tunnels under front square in Trinners - - the dons use them to store the college wine collection I believe.
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