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.

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” FINN MCCOOL” TO “ULYSSES” THE WILD RHODODENDRAN GARDENS OF HOWTH CASTLE.

Howth Castle has been the stronghold of the St. Lawrence family for hundreds of years. Initially a timber fort, which was built on Tower Hill in 1177  before a permanent stone-walled Norman castle was constructed in mid-fifteenth century at the present site.

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Up on the Hill to the South of the Castle stands a 12-hectare (30-acre)garden which was first planted in 1875 and is best known for its 1,500 varieties of wild  rhododendrons, one of the largest collections in Europe. In order to construct and plant the garden , earth and peat was carried up the cliff face and put into holes in the rocky surface. The original plants were mainly the common purple rhododendron “Ponticum”.

Nestled at the base of the Hill is an ancient dolmen known as Aideen’s Grave which was mythically flung by “Finn McCool” from the Bog of Allen.

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The Castle has much Literary References most notability  James Joyce`s Book “Finnegan’s Wake” which is based around Howth Castle and the surrounding area. As for the Rhododendran Gardens, this is the location where Bloom proposed to Molly in Joyce’s Classic “Ulysses” –

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I used two Cameras for this project- My Nikon D2x and my Nikon D3 – All the images were taken using three lenses

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-A Nikon ED AF Nikkor 80-200mm 2.8 D  Nikon AF A Nikkor 24-120mm 1:3.5-5.6 D and a Sigma DC 18-50mm 1:2.8 Ex Macro HSM .All digital files taken were in Camera raw format.

David O’Shea

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Rhododendran Gardens Howth Castle
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Rhododendran Gardens Howth Castle
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Rhododendran Gardens Howth Castle
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