Dublin City - Places to See and Photograph.
Cultural and architectural beauty around every corner!
by Jason Mac Cormac Photography
I love Dublin, and I especially love photographing the many fantastic and iconic features of Ireland’s capital city. Come with me as I share a quick tour of the sights.
The Custom House
The Custom House can be found on the banks of the Liffey on the east side of O’Connell Street. Built in the 17th Century this magnificent building is located on the aptly named Custom House Quay.
This image was taken in the hour following sunset when the sky turned a deep blue just before the darkness of night falls. It compliments the yellow glow of the lights illuminating the building. That hour just after sunset can be the most beautiful time to photograph in a city.
Added to the city’s skyline in 2003 this structure is the tallest in Dublin and has become a central meeting point for many a visitor native and tourist alike.
Irish are well known for having the craic and for their unique humour, Dubs too have a wicked sense of humour. True to form it didn’t take long for the Spire to be given a number of nicknames I can’t print here. Ask a Dubliner while you are visiting the city and they might share a few of these.
Samuel Beckett Bridge & National Convention Center
With the addition of the Samuel Beckett Bridge and The National Convention Centre the city has forever been changed, for the better in my opinion.
This bridge is a beautiful architectural design, with its harp like shape our national symbol, resonates with Ireland's musical heritage. Designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, famous for eye catching designs of buildings around the world. The bridge was opened in 2009 and can open to a full 90 degrees to allow incoming ships and barges to pass along the Liffey.
The National Convention Centre, opened in 2010, as seen here is situated beside the Samuel Beckett Bridge in the Dublin Docklands area. It was designed by architect Kevin Roche and compliments the skyline with its striking glass atrium.
If you are arriving by plane or by sea chances are the first sign of Dublin you will have seen is the prominent peninsula of Howth jutting out into Dublin bay and the Irish Sea. Perched at the edge is the remarkable Baily Lighthouse serving Dublin since 1814.
I captured this image on a cold November morning as the sun rose behind the lighthouse casting an orange glow across the lower sky. The vantage point is not as often photographed as other more accessible areas which I think increases the appeal of this image.
As you step out of the hotel you immediately join the hustle and bustle of Dublin with shoppers and locals along O’Connell Street.
This image I hope captures some of the magic you may feel when you stop for a moment to take in the surroundings.
Heuston station was opened in 1846, and links the capital with the south, southwest and west of Ireland.
Along with the trains, Heuston station is a central hub where the city’s commuters can avail of the Luas tram and the national and local bus services. Seen here with the green lights of St.Patrick’s Day festival.
O’Connell Street Bridge
The bridge was built around 1791, and connects the Northside O'Connell Street with the Southside of the city, Westmoreland Street. It was renamed for Daniel O'Connell around 1882 when the statue in his honour was unveiled.
Grand Canal Square
The rejuvenated area of Grand canal basin now house many global HQ buildings including well known social media and search websites. This is also the location of the Bord Gais Grand Canal Theatre. For this image I was able to time the long exposure to allow the passing clouds leave the bright moon in view.
Depicting the harrowing scenes of the Great Famine that caused over a million people to die and a million more to emigrate from Ireland during the 1840s. The figures are located on Custom House Quay and starkly contrast against the towering glass and brick buildings of the banking centre of Dublin the IFSC and Georges Quay. The statues were designed and crafted by Dublin sculptor Rowan Gillespie.
Built in May 1816, it is officially called the Liffey Bridge, though everyone in Dublin and throughout the world fondly knows this very recognisable bridge as the The Ha'penny Bridge. This bridge is beloved by Dubliners and is used by countless thousands of pedestrians daily to cross the Liffey.
The Temple Bar area, the reason for many tourists weekend city break in Dublin. The Temple Bar pub is the most famous, though there are quite a few great pubs for music and dancing, and laughter. The pints are far from cheap so be prepared, but it's still well worth a visit for the ceoil agus craic. Enjoy!
I hope you enjoyed the images and this short tour of places to see in Dublin, if staying in the city they are all within a stone’s throw of your hotel. All of the photographs featured are my own and can be found in the prints section on my website which I encourage you to bookmark as I regularly add content and images. I could write many more pages but i’ll leave it to you to explore. Feel free to comment, and i'd really appreciate a like or if you can share on social media with the links below.
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