Liffey Quay Walls
May 5, 2000 at 3:31 am #704859
I’m not aware of any plans, but can anyone tell me if there is anything underway regarding cleaning up the walls of the Liffey? I was walking across the Y2K bridge while the tide was low, and I noticed how disgusting the inner walls and floor of the Liffey were (that’s no newsflash to Dubliners of course). Has anyone noticed the portion of the quay walls connecting up to the Ha’penny and Millenium Bridges – the colour of the Granite is absolutely beautiful, and can you imagine what it would do for the city’s appearance if the whole quayside area consisted of this beautiful granite, and not the presently grimey stone that has some 8,000 years of dirt on it….
If the Irisg Georgian Society want a feather in their cap, I can’t think of a single more worthy project for their attention. ok so the walls aren’t georgian…. the feel of the quayside area could be considered as such.
May 5, 2000 at 9:17 am #714714
I totally agree; the quay walls are absolutely filthy.Also I hope they are not going to put that new boardwalk thing up over the dirt,but as stupidity is rife they probably will.
May 5, 2000 at 10:18 am #714715Clarke ShaneParticipant
The Liffey boardwalk idea is a complete dinky toy-town effort. I have heard nothing but criticism of the idea and believe that the powers that be should have the good sense to back down from it. Continue the excellent work along the campshires certainly but this boardwalk would do nothing other the clutter a narrow river.
May 8, 2000 at 3:20 pm #714716
They have been boring holes for the supports for the boardwalk along the quays over the last month or so, so I think its going ahead. But I totally agree about the walls being cleaned, just look at the difference between Queen Street Bridge where it has been cleaned and the quay wall which is the same material.
Mind you I always thought that they should build a weir down at the East Link and keep the water level in the Liffey at a decent height. Now that would be a Millenium project!!!!
May 9, 2000 at 8:37 pm #714717
couldn’t agree more about the weir thing, the Liffey actually looks alright when the tide is in…snowballs chance in hell though
May 10, 2000 at 8:56 am #714718
A weir under Matt Talbot bridge would be a fine idea…. picture a full Liffey with cleaned quay walls…. excellent…. there was a really low tide last week which just left mud and rubbish in the river bed….
May 10, 2000 at 10:28 am #714719
Paul – how about posting a pic of Jim Horan’s millennium weir proposal (circa late 1996) ?
May 10, 2000 at 11:29 am #714720
never seen an image of that….
May 10, 2000 at 2:11 pm #714721
it was published in the times at the time by frank MacDonald and is included in his new book……but it’s pretty shite.
May 11, 2000 at 3:44 pm #714722
Never even heard of that one!! Sounds interesting though.
May 12, 2000 at 4:53 pm #714723
Yes the article was in the Irish Times, march 5th 97.
“Imagine the River liffey with no wiff at low tide, no used tyres, old prams, stolen Bicycles and super market trolleys rising out of the slimey mud. Imagine the city strech of the river, from island bridge to the custom house in the sunlight, with amsterdam-style water buses chugging beneath the bridge……”
it also states a barrage was created around 1220 at island bridge by monks which still survives, and in the 18 cen. on was proposed for Ringsend. in 1975 when Matt Talbot was being designed Conn Sheehan proposed that a weir be incorporated in the Bridge. But a report by ESB said it was “not practical”
Irteresting ” Mr. Horan belives it would even be feasible to HANG a series of walkways from the Quay Walls …”
moderator note: i was asked to correct this to get the image to show
[This message has been edited by Paul Clerkin (edited 14 May 2000).]
May 15, 2000 at 10:59 am #714724
Looks good, great way of incorporating a pedestrian crossing aswell, but I somehow like the variety of the liffey’s level rising on falling. I don’t think hiding the ribbish is reason enough for a barrage. A more proactive approach to cleaning mite be a better idea.
May 15, 2000 at 11:55 am #714725
I think Its a great idea, the water taxis and all that would be great and help give the Liffey the emphesis that it deserves. I agree that something should be done about keeping the Liffey clean.
Also the Pedestrian crossing between the IFSC and Lombard Street East, a very handy short cut!!!
May 15, 2000 at 7:07 pm #714726JohnParticipant
On a different story, does anyone know what is being done on Grattan Bridge at the moment
May 16, 2000 at 1:10 pm #714727
Now maybe I’d say it was the gear and equipment belonging to the builder boys who are erecting the Liffey boardwalk.
May 16, 2000 at 11:44 pm #714728
I think they’re building some book stand/market space thingy, looks like its going to be quite substantial cause its taking them ages.
June 20, 2000 at 4:09 pm #714729traceParticipant
Regarding Andy’s original comment about cleaning the quay walls, Jim Barrett (City Architect) had a letter in the Irish Times on April 5, 2000. Entitled ‘Litter in the Liffey’, it included the promise, “be reassured that the Corporation will soon remove the kelp from the quay walls. Besides being unsightly, this undermines the stability of the stonework. A more general cleaning of the quay walls is also planned.”
June 20, 2000 at 5:34 pm #714730MGParticipant
Capel St Bridge Bookmarket
July 17, 2000 at 7:18 pm #714731
Surely at present there is underway an ‘expansion’ of the city centre eastwards.Would it not therefore be unfortunate to create a split in the Liffey at the present edge of the citycentre,cutting off this new part of the city?
August 7, 2000 at 9:01 pm #714732
getting back to the liffey boardwalk which is now under construction…does anyone know…
what is it for?
where does it go?
why wasnt it co-ordinated with the new footbridge?
is it needed?
how much more clutter can fit up and down the quays?
August 9, 2000 at 9:16 am #714733
Dublin Corporation has already called in engineering
consultants to devise the best system of keeping sludge down
and maintaining the water level at a permanent minimum level
of one metre.
It is understood a simple weir along the Liffey, probably
alongside the Customs House, is being considered. http://www.independent.ie/2000/221/d08k.shtml
August 9, 2000 at 9:57 am #714734
I thought that the Corpo were going to clean the quay walls; they have put the new boardwalk up on the muck filthy stained walls.Pease give them a blast and wash them…common sense says.
August 9, 2000 at 10:39 am #714735studqubParticipant
i thought the structure along the north quay wall was there to clean the walls (joking)
I have serious reservations about this scheme, not with the design, but with its reasoning and its use.
Too little space on the north quay pushes pedestrians out over the water…
and what will be located on it but bookstalls i believe…????
least sheltered area of city….north quay
all makes snese to me????
August 13, 2000 at 11:38 pm #714736
The new Liffey Boardwalk reminds me of one of those clip-on toilet cleaners, but somebody forgot to flush the loo?
August 16, 2000 at 9:57 am #714737JasParticipant
They are going to clean the walls, i beloieve it will cost 2 million and when theyre doing that, they intend cleaning the rubbish out, and building a small weir to keep a minimun of a metre of water in the Liffey at all times.
August 16, 2000 at 1:59 pm #714738
Money well spent definitely, I’d say ….. but, but, but what about the St. Vincent de Paul and the homeless’ as Tony Gregory would say….’This money is being wasted’ he would say.’A waste of tax payers money’ he’d say. UFO Mr.Gregory.
September 8, 2000 at 9:57 am #714739
Does’nt the quay walls look 100% better now that they have started to clean them. The boardwalk looks an interesting feature too; I’ll say it will be a success despite all the negavity and hoo-haw over it. Pessimism, negativity and stagnation is rampant in this country. Well done to John Fitzgerald, he is a man who really wants to get things done for the overall betterment of the city.
September 11, 2000 at 7:54 am #714740
I see from yesterday’s papers that An Taisce is bothered about the cleaning of the walls. Bad for them and their structure, it seems. Oh, God.
September 11, 2000 at 10:17 am #714741
An Taisce has a gripe with everything that is proposed for the city. I suppose they want the dirt retained because they view it as ‘genuine antique dirt’ the product of times past and therefore an invaluable asset for the city. If one was to pay heed to their constant whingy disapprovals of projects, nothing would be done in the city. As I have said before despite all the whinging and whining they are as effective as a paper umbrella when it really matters. By the way has anyone ever noticed the appaling condition of the grounds of their HQ ‘Tailors Hall’ which faces onto High Street near Christchurch. What an eyesore! Check out the cheap railings and neglected yard. It’s a matter of the kettle calling the pot black arse.
September 11, 2000 at 11:54 am #714742
Temple Bar…An Taisce Objects, Smithfield…An Taisce Objects,Croke Park…An Taisce Objects,O’Connell Street…An Taisce Objects, Millenium Mall…An Taisce Objects,Millenium Spire…An Taisce Objects,National Gallery…An Taisce Objects,The NCC…An Taisce Objects,Spencer Dock…An Taisce Objects,Georges Quay…An Taisce Objects, Transport Infrastucture…An Taisce Objects,Millenium Bridge…An Taisce Objects,Liffey Boardwalk…An Taisce Objects, Quay walls…An Taisce Objects,Objects, Objects,Objects…..
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