I Can See Your House From Here


50 years ago.

Sibling of Daedalus writes:

Views from Liberty Hall, Eden Quay,  Dublin 1,  taken in 1968. From top: South, south-east, east, West and the views today in a 180 view from Liberty Hall’s observation deck. Top four photos from the excellent Dixon Slides collection in Dublin City Libraries and Archive Digital Repository.

Digital Repository (Dublin City Libraries)

Tales Of Old Dublin (Sibling of Daedalus)

20 thoughts on “I Can See Your House From Here

  1. Spaghetti Hoop

    Nice feature :)
    Dublin Port too has a nice little archive for more dockland history on a Monday morning:

    Those two Guinness boats I thought would live there forever; the Lady Patricia and Miranda Guinness, the former being the world’s first beer tanker and capable of holding 1.87 million pints (she beats Paddy Losty). They were kept in good nick by Guinness’s and painted regularly – black, cream and red – quite iconic looking. They literally sailed off into the sunlight in 1993 to Liverpool for scrap. Miss ’em.

  2. Fact Checker

    Liberty Hall is the best view in Dublin.

    The public used to be able to get in during the Open House weekend in September, but no longer I believe.

    Now your only option is to work for SIPTU.

  3. rotide

    It really grates that after 50 years, Liberty Hall is still the best view in Dublin. The continued refusal to build upwards is incredibly annoying

    1. Fact Checker

      Liberty Hall is a really dated building on the inside. It has a very small footprint and much of it is taken up with lift shafts, corridors, utility ducts, staircases, etc. SIPTU have a big pile of members’ cash that they want to use to replace Liberty Hall with something better on the same site.

      Our wise planners in their wisdom shot it down twice however on aesthetic grounds.

    2. Janet, I ate my avatar

      +1 make Dublin a living center again, affordable flats, local commerce, people could bike around easing transport but no keep spreading out in an ugly inaccessible mess

      1. Fact Checker

        High-rise in the city centre is never likely to be very ‘affordable’.

        Most people who will live there will be on high incomes.

        It means they won’t have to live in the suburbs as much, making those parts of the city more affordable for everyone else.

  4. Nigel

    Like that fella said about the Eiffel Tower, you get the best view of Dublin from Liberty Hall because you can’t see Liberty Hall from there.

          1. Liam Deliverance

            I’ve always liked it, probably more for sentimental reasons than aesthetical ones, but yes it certainly looks better in that picture, more pagoda like.

  5. The Old Boy

    That looks like the site preparation works for Apollo House in the foreground of the south-facing photo. Funny that it has come full-circle in 50 years.

  6. Pat Harding

    Great photos of Dublin in 1968, Sibling.

    There’s a video by the Horslips playing “King of the Fairies” on top of the old Bank of Ireland building on Baggott Street, that and Phil Lynott’s video “Old Town” reminds me what a dump the city was from the 70’s – 90’s. It is so much better now, but there is room for improvement. Really, the Docklands could have been done better with higher buildings, and those god-awful chimneys at Poolbeg should have joined the Gasometer in oblivion. But you know, there are dumbasses who hold up everything.

    1. Worlds Biggest Ranter

      “god-awful chimneys”

      Hey! Leave those chimneys alone. Bout all that’s left which sums up Dublins “dirty old town” tag. All well and good for for the sandal wearing rent a bike brigade to hang round whats now oh so trendy Dublin but for some of us it’s nice to reminisce. Hands off you heathen twenty something year old :-)

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