|Pigeon House chimneys, Poolbeg up close, own photo 2015|
Here is a sight that's as Dublin as Guinness, the Liffey and the traders on Moore Street are.
Dubliners have used the Pigeon House power station chimneys in Poolbeg as a point of reference from afar ever since 1903. Whether you are viewing the unmistakable towers from another point along Dublin bay such as Dollymount or Dun Laoghaire or from up the Dublin mountains, they are a well known landmark in the distance that helps get your bearings.
I only noticed this week that I can even see them from Portobello on the edges of the city centre. I have been looking at them daily on the way to work for a few years now and never even noticed. They were just there, part of the accepted skyline.
|Poolbeg chimneys from Dollymount, own photo, 2013|
|Pigeon House chimneys, own photo, 2015|
This is a shot from another location along the same stretch of shore. Is that Jaws lurking in our waters?
|Poolbeg chimneys, Dublin, own photo 2015|
The closest view is via a path running between Sandymount strand and Irishtown park which takes you behind the disused power station, around to the docks and the jetty leading to Poolbeg lighthouse. (See it here on Map my Walk but do come back to me here!) If you've never done this walk, be forewarned that it's a rather fragrant part of the city with the waste water treatment plant right beside the towers. After a while you don't notice the...um...aroma anymore, though I cracked up when my friend told me she was taken there on a school trip back in her school days. Now there is a teacher with a sense of humour!
|Poolbeg pier, own photo, 2015|
The red dot at the end of the angled pier is Poolbeg lighthouse, a part of the city that can feel strangely remote. Dublin is full of surprises and inspiration. For about two seconds I considered using the red and white chimneys of Poolbeg as inspiration for dangly earrings. Then sanity returned. They do however, remind me of candy cane ornaments. I'm off to to play around with some designs....