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    • #705728
      Andrew Duffy

      Does anyone know about this chimney near the Grand Canal docks? I believe it may be the Old Hibernian Gasworks, but I’m not sure.

    • #721127

      yes, isn’t it terrible. it should be demolished and replaced with a more modern chimney at least three times as tall.

    • #721128

      Continuing on the sarcasm theme – I think it’d be better if they built yet another suburban office campus in the centre of our capital city – its the only way we’re going to keep up with Scunthorpe. Plus it would also fit in with the DDDA’s motto of “think smalltime”.

      Seriously, I don’t think anyone is arguing for height just for the sake of it, any building would need to be well-designed as well, which just isn’t the case at the moment. But some well-designed tall buildings are so badly needed at present in some of these developments to alleviate the monotony – its difficult to argue against that. Suburban architecture belongs in the suburbs, not the city centres. I know this topic is probably getting boring, but at least its not as boring as modern Dublin architecture.

      To answer the original post, yes I thought it was the gasworks too, but I’m not 100% either.

    • #721129

      Blain is right………………..look at the photo Notjm ……there is nothing even in the background to note………The grey skies too sums up the docks…….and I bet the stack is a listed structure…….If they were planning to build a similar chimney today no way would it get planning approval because of the height and function too.

    • #721130

      and of course, if you stand behind it you can’t see the custom’s house.

    • #721131
      Paul Clerkin

      Thought this was a thread about a Boney M song…..

      Tall chimney in the docks tra la la la
      There’s a Tall chimney in the docks traaaaa la la la…….

      Sorry I thought it was funny, I’m stone cold sober 😀

    • #721132

      Time for your pills now, Mr. C.

    • #721133

      I dare you to tell the Ringsend residents association that it’s being retained for use when the incinerator is finished!

      (it’s not)

    • #721134

      From the DDDA site

      The Gasometers on the south quays have long been a landmark in the area. Gas, manufactured from coal was first used to provide public lighting in the early 1800s. By the 1820s three rival gas companies were operating in Dublin. In 1866 the Dublin gas companies merged to form the Alliance & Dublin Consumers Gas Company.
      The company had its headquarters at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, on the south bank of the Liffey. This was a natural location for the gasworks, because it was beside the docks where coal boats unloaded. Stokers wearing clogs, shovelled coal into the retorts, where it was heated to extremely high temperatures and released the gas. The coal gas was then purified before being stored in a gas-holder or gasometer. Work began on erecting the first gasometer at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in 1866. The main gas pipeline ran from Sir John Rogerson’s Quay to O’Connell Bridge, before branching out throughout the city.

      Be interesting to know whether those pipelines are still there (would assume so)

    • #721135

      One amazing thing is that that ruined building on Pearse Street beside the church, the one that used to be a cinema, was, originally a factory for turning cod into domestic gas. Apparently the price of cod went up in the mid C19 and the process stopped being profitable.

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