The Streets Of Dublin Presents Urban Expression And Depression




Dun Laoghaire harbour is notable for its two granite piers. The East Pier is particularly popular with walkers, and was featured in the 1996 movie Michael Collins, where Liam Neeson (as Collins) and two of his co-stars are seen walking along a seaside promenade, which is actually the Dún Laoghaire East Pier. A band is seen playing on a bandstand in this movie scene, and this is the actual bandstand on the East Pier. The bandstand was restored to its original condition in 2010 by the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company.

It took 42 years to construct the harbour, from 1817 to 1859. The obelisk near the old ferryport terminal at the harbour commemorates the construction of this harbour.

A lighthouse was located at the end of the East Pier, while the new headquarters of the Commissioners of Irish Lights (the General Lighthouse Authority for Ireland) is located on Harbour Road.

South of the harbour is Scotsman's Bay, where there was a Victorian seaside amusement area, with walks, shelters and baths. The walks and shelters are largely intact. The Dún Laoghaire Baths have been derelict for many years.

A traditional Victorian-style park, the People's Park, is located at the eastern end of George's Street, and including still-functioning tea rooms.

At least one traditional "cabman's shelter" survives – these were small buildings built for the drivers of horse-drawn taxis.

If you ever set up a website you really should plan ahead and in the case of  "The Streets Of Dublin" I failed to do so . To be fair most of the domain names that I had wanted were not available. The Irish Times had managed to grab and that was my first choice. After a lot of thought I decide that was the best domain for me especially as my site would highlight the city of Dublin but soon the scope of the project grew to include other cities, towns and villages throughout this island of Ireland and in fact it also includes the city of Brussels in Belgium. I now receive many queries asking me to explain why a site operating under the name "Streets Of Dublin" includeds photographs of street art in Drogheda, Bridges in Belfast or Churches in Cork and the only answer that I can offer is "bad planning”. [Update: I am now In the process of renaming  the site “Streets Of Dublin And Much More”.

I also have a new domain … more details at a later date.

[Friday 28:02:2014]:

Last Night A Homeless Man Was Stabbed To Death In This Pub 

I live in Dublin city centre and over the last three or four years I have noticed a huge increase in the number of people sleeping rough in doorways and derelict buildings such as this old pub on the North Wall. 

Today 36-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a man who was stabbed to death in a derelict pub in Dublin last night. The 44-year-old victim was one of five people squatting in the former pub, which was known as Vallance & McGrath, when a fight is believed to have broken out.

A Homeless Man Was Stabbed To Death In This Derelict Pub

Over a period of about five years I have created a catalog of more than 90,000 photographs and most of them are available free of charge to anyone who wishes to use them.  My big problem has always been how best to showcase my photographs and, to be honest, I have yet to find a good solution and after  expending much time and effort I have come to the understanding that all that is available to me is a hybrid solution employing Sandvox, Wordpress, Flickr, Tumblr, Google+ and Pinterest.

The name of the site was the Streets Of Dublin because I had originally intended to limit my activities to Dublin city and surrounding area but as I was invited to visit and photograph other cities, towns and villages there are now sections to Belfast, Cork, Belfast and Brussels. And there are also sections devoted to my hobbies and interests.

A new section dealing specifically with the streets in Dublin city has been added and as usual all the photographs have been supplied by William Murphy. Visit Now

You may have noticed that this is not Dublin and that it is in fact the Shandon area of Cork. William visits Cork on a regular basis and invites you to visit the mini-site devoted to Cork city and county. Visit Now

© William Murphy 2013
Street Photography, Urban Culture and Street Art - More than 95,000 photographs are now available under CC Attribution, Share Alike licence
The original aim was to document the changes in Dublin as they take place and to date I have accumulated a library of more than 90,000 photographs showing all aspects of the city as well as nearby towns and villages. However as time passed it became obvious that the scope of the project needed to be expanded to include not only the rest of Ireland but also the rest of Europe. Having already visited Belfast, Cork, Limerick and Brussels and the focus is now on "Urban Culture" and "Street Life". As already mentioned all my photographs are available to you and the best way to get them is to visit Flickr and search for Infomatique. If you cannot work out how to download full resolution versions please contact me and I will give you specific instructions. If you do use any of my photographs I would appreciate it if would credit William Murphy (Infomatique) and link to either this website or my collection at flickr.
Going forward I hope to visit many more Cities and regions.