A Snapshot of Howth Harbour Past !

Howth Harbour CIRCA 1950

Howth is a picturesque village clustered around and above a busy sailing and fishing port on the north coast of the rugged peninsula, which forms the northern side of Dublin Bay on Ireland’s East Coast.

Howth Harbour was built from 1807 and was at that time the main Dublin harbour for the packet boats from the UK. Howth Rd was built to ensure rapid transfer of incoming mail and dispatches from the harbour to the city. The replacement of sailing packets with steam packets in 1818 reduced the transit time from Holyhead to seven hours, but Howth’s period of importance was short – by 1813 the harbour was already showing signs of silting up, and it was superseded by Dun Laoghaire in 1833. The most famous arrival to Howth was King George IV, who visited Ireland in 1821 and is chiefly remembered because he staggered off the boat in a highly inebriated state. He did manage to leave his footprint at the point where he stepped ashore on the West Pier.

Howth 17 Sailing boats rigging in Howth Harbour CIRCA 1920

In 1914 Robert Erskine Childers’ yacht, Asgard, brought a cargo of 900 rifles into the port to arm the nationalists. During the Civil War, Childers was court-martialled by his former comrades and executed by firing squad for illegal possession of a revolver.

I spent the first 25 years of my life growing up in this Village and have very fond memories of both the place and the people . The fishing industry was the main employer for many decades, in fact my first job after leaving school was to go out fishing – Sadly this industry has dwindled in Howth, with only a handful of full time Howth fishermen left today.

I was given the opportunity to try and a copy and restore a collection of local images. These images were all shot on Glass plate (both positives and Negatives were included in this rare collection). Unfortunately given there age and due to bad storage over the years most of them were very badly damaged but i feel repairable – As for “Provenance of Age” Given the material they were shot on “glass plate” – The fact that “The Church of the Assumption Howth ” which was built in 1899, dose not appear in some of the photos.

Howth Village CIRCA 1895

And finally the Howth Coastgaurd Station ,which was located at the end of the West pier is clearly visible in quiet a number of the images (This Station was blow up by the IRA in early 1921) I can make a Guess that the images were taken between the 1890s and the 1950s .

There is still a fair bit of work to do but i have manage to restore a batch and am looking forward to getting on with the project – I have chosen a selection to share on this blog – Enjoy !

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Saint Marys Mansions Dublin Redevelopment

Saint Marys Mansions Redevelopment 2020

St. Mary’s Mansions is located in Dublin 1, between Sean McDermot Street to the north and Railway Street to the south. It was originally built in the late 1940s. It has undergone a total refurbishment bringing it up to current standards. The extensive works included the addition of two new floors creating 80 high-quality homes for the local community.

With the 23 million euro redevelopment A number of key features were included in the redesign “specifically to enhance the overall quality of life within the development” and include communal social and play areas, a community room, and socially aware landscaping.

The refurbishments at St Mary’s Mansions are the first of its kind in the area and were spurred by the Mulvey report, published in 2016. Well done to all involved it was a great pleasure to photograph the finished project .

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ZS-NTE Douglas DC-3 Springbok Classic Air / Aer Lingus.

Douglas DC-3 ZS-NT3 (1943) in Aer Lingus Livery -www.osheaphotography.com – David O’Shea Architectural,Commercial,Editorial,Press and PR Photographer Dublin. http://www.osheaphotography.com

I had the pleasure of photographing this lovely lady some time ago . This DC-3 was manufactured in September 1943 . It served with the Royal Air Force until transfed to the South African Air Force in 1945. There it remained until retired in 1995. It was sold and registered ZS-NTE and after a period of 7 years in storage was restored to flying condition in 2009 and modified from a C47 cargo version to a DC3 passenger configuration.

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Douglas DC-3 ZS-NT3 (1943) in Aer Lingus Livery -www.osheaphotography.com

Aer Lingus introduced the DC3 in April 1940 but World War 2 interfered with operations and the type became more relevant when nine former USAAF C-47s were purchased in 1945, seven of which were converted to DC-3 airliner standard and two were parted out.  In addition, two new DC-3s were delivered off the Douglas production line in February 1946. These became core to the fleet in expanding services to cities including London, Amsterdam and Paris. The replacement aircraft was the Fokker F27 Friendship, but these did not replace all of the DC-3s, and five aircraft remained in service until 1963-1964.

The DC-3 is fitted with 28 seats in a 2-2 configuration. There is a crew jump seat beside the rear passenger door. The aircraft is fitted with a radio operators station behind the cockpit and has a cargo space too.The DC3 can fly as a high as 20,800 feet, has a range of almost 1500 miles and a top speed of 192mph. Aer Lingus DC3s were powered by Pratt and Whitney R-1830-92 Twin Wasp engines.

Today, more than six decades after the last one was delivered, hundreds of DC-3s are still flying and still earning their keep by carrying passengers or cargo.

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Bewley’s Grafton Street

Bewley’s is an Irish hot beverage company, located in Dublin and founded in 1840, which operates internationally. Its primary business operations are the production of tea, coffee and the operations of cafés. Bewley’s has operations in Ireland, the UK and the United States.

The Bewley family were Quakers who originated in Cumberland and moved to Ireland in the 17th century. They entered the tea trade, and in 1835, Samuel Bewley and his son Charles landed 2,099 chests of tea shipped from Canton in China. The Bewley family subsequently expanded into the coffee trade and in the late 19th century, they opened cafes in South Great George’s Street in 1894, and Westmoreland Street in 1896. The flagship Grafton Street café, sometimes described as a “Dublin landmark, was opened by Ernest Bewley in 1927.

The Grafton Street building had once housed Whyte’s Academy, a school whose pupils included the Duke of Wellington and Robert Emmet. I had the pleasure of been commissioned to photograph this iconic building after one of its major renovations -.For this blog i have resurrected some of the images from this shoot – Thank you for visiting and enjoy !

The Walled Town of Derry

Irish Walled Towns – David Oshea Photography – http://www.osheaphotography.com

I had the great pleasure in working with author John Givens and Alison Harvey from the Heritage Council https://www.heritagecouncil.ie/ on this Irish Walled Towns Book . As part of my brief i had to travel to twenty different walled towns in the 32 counties of Ireland , all part of Irish Walled Towns Network (IWTN), where i photographed and produced a selection of Images that i felt best represented what remained of the original structures.

One of the many Towns i had the pleasure of photographing was Derry in the North of Ireland . Dating Back to the 7th Century this walled town sits on a hillside 40 meters above River Foyle. I spent a Day walking and Photographing the wonderful architecture of this beautiful walled enclosure.

Despite experiencing four seasons in a day with the weather i did manage to come away with what i needed . I have uploaded a selection of some of the images that were chosen – Thank you for visiting . www.osheaphotography.com

Ballymun

Ballymun is on the outer suburb of Dublin.  This development  began it life in the 1960s to accommodate a housing crisis in the inner city areas of Dublin. The area became well known for its high-rise tower blocks and flat complexes. It has several sub-districts such as Sillogue and Poppintree, and is in close proximity to Dublin Airport.

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The seven 15-storey towers were named after Irish Republican revolutionaries, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. The flat complexes consisted of five 8-storey “districts” (Balbutcher, Balcurris, Coultry, Shangan and Sillogue) and three 4-storey “districts,” two of which were part of Shangan and Sillogue, the third being located in Sandyhill. The Poppintree area of Ballymun was constructed in the late 1970s.

Some social problems occurred in the early years, as families which had grown up in dense city terraces close to Dublin’s retail core, found themselves at the edge of the city, with few amenities beyond a travelling shop. Over time, Ballymun became notorious for a number of social problems, such as drug abuse and unemployment, and was impacted by negative media coverage of the area.

 

In 1997, a regeneration plan was announced, which led to demolition of the flats and their replacement by new low-rise housing and some civic amenities.

The creation of Ballymun Regeneration Limited as a limited company controlled by Dublin City Council initiated the beginning of the demolition of the Ballymun flats and the emergence of a “new town” of Ballymun with the residents generally rehoused in new “state of the art” housing in Ballymun. The new housing is a mixture of public, private, voluntary and co-operative housing with many other amenities, including reworked park areas, a major City Council office facility, Health Service facilities, a public leisure centre, the Axis arts centre, student accommodation, a new hotel, and some renewed retail facilities to be developed.

Architectural and Exterior Photography Dublin - David Oshea Phot

In 2004 i spent time recording some of the last remaining areas of the old Ballymun and photographing the construction of some of the brand  new Ballymun. All the images were shot with my fujifilm finepix s1 pro and i used a my   Nikon 17-35 mm 2.8 lens.

I have revisited this project and uploaded some of the images  enjoy !

Dublin- The capital of the Rep of Ireland

Dublin  Baile Átha Cliath is the capital and largest city of  Ireland. Situated on a bay on the east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey it lies within the province of Leinster. It is bordered on the south by the Dublin Mountains, a part of the Wicklow Mountains range.

I recently took on a project to produce a selection of Professional Landscape /Dublin

Architectural and Exterior Photography Dublin - David Oshea Phot

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Architectural photographic Images of this -“my beautiful City”. I had a few obstacles to overcome when i took on this challenge – 28 sites across the city to be photographed – 5 images from each location to be submitted – the finished assets to be photographed and delivered in 5 Days as high resolution digital files with all the necessary post production undertaken .

Other obstacle to overcome included – The project was photographed in  the 3rd week in November so i had to factor in very short days and low sunlight which makes for very sharp lighting and contrast – Also given the time of year i had to avoid any Christmas Decorations so as not to Date the images. Another major obstacle was as the locations ware all over the City so for speed it was more convenient and efficient to start from a central location and to travel as much as possible by foot- this meant that i had to limit my equipment .

The Project was photographed using a Nikon D800 and my trusty Nikon D3 – I used a selection of lens including a Nikon 17 to 35 mm f2.8  – Nikon f28mm  – Nikon 50mm f1.8 -Nikon 85mm f2.8 – Nikon 80 to 200 f2.8 and my Nikon 80 to 400 f4 . I have included a random selection of  my results in this Blog. Thank you for dropping in  reading  my blog

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The “U2 Wall” Dublin

Windmill Lane Recording Studio was located just off  Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in Dublin Docklands. It opened in 1978 and was originally used for the recording of Traditional Irish music. In 1980 the first rock album was recorded at the Studio which opened the flood gates and insured a string of  well known world wide musicians  and bands would come to use these facilities. This Album was the debut album by Irish rock band U2“Boy”

Windmill Lane became U2 s base for a couple of years before they moved to a building further down the Quay .The studio itself moved to a new location in Ringsend in 1988 and the facility continued as a post production facility until it was sold in 2015.

From the mid 80s up until the Buildings were demolished in 2015 the studio exteriors were covered with graffiti written by fans who had traveled from all over the world to pay homage to there idols.

Although the building was demolished on 3rd of April 2015 to make way for a Apartment / Office complex -the developers did decide to retain a 20 – metre stretch of the graffiti studio wall to be included in the new development. There was also sections of the remaining wall sold off with monies raised going to charities.

In 1988 a year after the release of “The Joshua tree” which was partly recorded at Windmill Lane   i was working on a project to photograph the changing Dublin Docklands. I shot a selection of images of the wall using a 35mm camera and some 35mm b+w Kodak Panatomic X fine grain film – I have chosen as selection for this blog .

Boland’s Mill Dublin

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Grand Canal Dock ©www.osheaphotography.com

Boland’s Mill is Located on the Grand Canal Dock 0n the South side of the Dublin City Docklands. The site includes several buildings including two six story warehouses dating from the 1830’s as well as other stone buildings located on Barrow Street which Date from the 1870s.

The majority of the site consisted of concrete silos which were built between 1940s and 1960s. The Mill stopped Production in 2001 and laid Derelict. In 2004 it was sold by Dublin Dockland Development Authority to Benton Properties for 42 Million Euro and had secured planning permission for 67 Apartments,some houses and 13,284 of Office and retail space as well as some leisure facilities.

Before The Development could start the property market collapsed and the value of the site fell by 84% between 2007 and 2009 (from 61million euro to just 9.9 million euro ).

NAMA took control of the site in 2012 and as of mid 2015 the site is undergoing a 150 million euro reconstruction . As of March 2017 the Concrete Silos have been demolished and work has started on the the renovation of all the listed Buildings – The two six story Warehouses that front on to the quay  as well as 4 other smaller warehouses within the site and two private houses/Offices (33 34 Barrow Street) which are all protected structures.

There is also planning permission to build 2 new office blocks ( Block one 14 Storeys 53.65 m high  and Block two 13 Storeys 49.85m high) . There is also permission to build a third block which will be a residential building fifteen storeys high and consist of 30 two bed and 2 three bed Apartments – All three blocks will have underground Parking -There is also planing for a civic waterfront square adjacent to the Dock and a second open space to the south of the site . Work is due to start on these mid 2017 .

The Photographs used in this Blog were taken between 1988 and 2003 – I used 35 mm Nikon  Aanalogue Cameras with a selection of fixed manual lenses from a 20mm to 105mm.