Saturday, July 21, 2007

JAMES JOYCE'S LAND - AUGUST 1985

THE WETTEST WINTER I'VE EVER LIVED: A SUMMER IN IRELAND...

After Washington in May, I spent a whole week in The Hague (Den Haag or S'Gravenhage, in Dutch) for a meeting; actually, I was based in Scheveningen. However, not a single photo from the whole week could be found...
So the next trip will take the stage: Ireland. Let's start with Dublin.

DUBLINERS



"DUBLIN - The first surprise we had was the fact that, though our hotel was not that far from downtown, it looked like we were in the countryside..."


"CHURCH - Not surprisingly, we found churches around the corner"


"O'CONNELL BRIDGE (1791-1794) was originally named Carlisle Bridge. In 1880 it was renovated and renamed, and became the only bridge in Europe that is wider than it is long (or, at least, as wide as long...)"


"O'CONNELL STREET, with the statue of Daniel O'Connell, 19th century nationalist leader, by John Henry Foley, is the main thoroughfare in Dublin and one of the widest streets in Europe (49m). By the time there was no Spire there"


"TRINITY COLLEGE, designated as «The Provost, Fellows and Scholars of the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth near Dublin», was founded in 1592 by Elizabeth I, and is the only constituent college of the University of Dublin, Ireland's oldest university"


"CAMPANILE -Trinity College, Parliament Square"


"TRINITY COLLEGE saw many people on its rooms, including Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, and Ernest Walton..."


"CONFERENCE CENTRE, Trinity College"


"BANK OF IRELAND - College Green hosted the Irish Parliament before the Act of Union 1800, and was the headquarters of the Bank until the 1970s, when they moved to a modern building in Baggot Street. Today visitors can still view the Irish House of Lords chamber within the building, which however remains a Bank's branch"


"GREAT GEORGES STREET ARCADE"




"ST.PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL is the largest church in Ireland, and its basis was built between 1191 and 1270, though now only the baptistery remains. The major reconstruction paid for by Benjamin Guinness, in the 1860s, means that much of the current building dates from the Victorian era. Throughout its long history the cathedral has contributed much to Irish life; for example, Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels, was Dean of the cathedral from 1713 to 1745"


"RESTAURANT? - Someone will help finding out what building is this..."

Edited: Thanks to Tom Cosgrave and partner I found that «Bartley Dunnes is the name of the pub in the photo you cannot identify. It was a pub on Lower Stephen Street, and it was sold in 1991 to property developers who specialise in developing large drinking emporiums, or "superpubs". It was duly demolished and a large place called Break for the Border was built - it's an American theme pub and caters to parties and tourists». Thanks a lot!


"FUSILIER'S ARCH at St. Stephens Green"




"SHOPPING, after the chilly rain..."


"FAREWELL DUBLIN. You noticed the absence of Molly Malone? It’s a good reason to get back..."

11 comments:

ruth said...

Thanks for alerting me to your Dublin post! Many of the photos did not load successfully: #1-5, 8-10, and 12 & 13. I hope it's just me. The rest look great, and I recognize them from previous stays. I have stayed at Trinity College twice, and that is a real treat living inside those walls. Talk with you when I get back!

Trotter said...

Sorry Ruth, it may take some time to load. These are old paper pics scanned... Lousy photos!
Look forward to seeing you back!

Sunkyoung said...

It's so great to see your photos from Dublin. I lived there for six months in 2005 and I've fallen in love with the city and the country. I used to go to St. Patrick's Cathedral when the sun didn't shine too strong. The building you didn't recognise clearly seems B&B to me. On the second photo from the last, I didn't know the building initially had 'Sony' sign on it because now it's had 'Heineken.'

Trotter said...

Sunkyoung,
Thanks for the visit and comment, as well as for the information. There is something at the top of the door of the bar/restaurant... Britey Dunne???
I'm sure much has changed from 1985 to 2005...

tom cosgrave said...

Holy crap. This is Dublin from my blurry 8 year old childhood. Dublin has morphed, but it is still recognisable, although far, far wealthier than those dreary days.

I am a Dublin native, and a keen photographer of my native city. You can see lots of photos at thisisdiopter.org - it is on hiatus at present, but the archives are chock full of stuff.

tom cosgrave said...

Me again.

Bartley Dunnes is the name of the pub in the photo you cannot identify. It was a pub on Lower Stephen Street, and it was sold in 1991 to property developers who specialise in developing large drinking emporiums, or "superpubs". It was duly demolished and a large place called Break for the Border was built - it's an American theme pub and caters to parties and tourists.

I don't even remember Bartley Dunnes, I'm just a little bit too young. My partner, who is a couple of years older than I am identified it and it's thanks to her that I'm writing this post!

Cheers.

Trotter said...

Tom,
Great to see you here! That's how Dublin looked to me some twenty three years ago... ;))
Thanks also for the informetion on Bartley Dunnes; much has changed actually... ;)

Anonymous said...

Great photos, Bartley dunnes, one of the strangest pubs in dublin folklore, glad to see it recognised. This was a pub that supported metropolism long before todays pretenders

Trotter said...

Anonymous,
Glad to see that the pub was worth a picture and its posting, though I couldn't identify it before Tom Cosgrave came to my help!!

Anonymous said...

Bartley Dunnes was famous for the fact that it had a wide variety of whiskys and spirits not available elsewhere in Dublin at the time. It was also the first gay pub in Dublin.

Trotter said...

Anonymous,
Thanks for the information! Always learning on this blog... Amazing the story of a building that isn't even not there anymore... ;))