Turtle Bunbury

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THE DOCKLANDS - THE GASOMETER

FROM 'DUBLIN DOCKLANDS - AN URBAN VOYAGE' (2008), BY TURTLE BUNBURY

THE GASOMETER (1934 – 1993)

For many years, the skyline of the southern docks was dominated by the 82.4m (252ft) high Gasometer. It stood on the corner of Macken Street and Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, right where the legal firm of McCann Fitzgerald now have their offices in the building known as Riverside 1. Built in Hitler’s Germany and designed by Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg, the Gasometer’s purpose was to store gas for the Alliance and Dublin Consumers' Gas Company. Completed in 1934, it had a capacity of 3 million cubic feet (c. 85,000 m3). This landmark – and seamark - was demolished in 1993. It would possibly have been felled earlier but for the arrival of two Peregrine Falcons who took to nesting on its roof. A bold plan to painted it up as a pint of Guinness did not come through and down it came.

The late ‘Sea Scout’ Sipper Dick Vekins built a miniature gasometer using some of the original corrugated sheets salvaged during the demolition. This can now be seen in the St Andrew’s Resource Centre on Pearse Street. ‘Anyone can have a gasometer’, says Betty Ashe, ‘but they can’t have one made from the original’.

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