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 ©

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.