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.

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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

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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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Boland’s Mill Dublin

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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.