Hidden Dublin

Posted on July 13, 2005, under photography.

It’s hard to believe, but I took this photo right in the heart of suburban Dublin;

Abandoned house and Farmleigh Clock-tower

If I’d pointed the camera only a few degrees to the left there’d be a shot of the entire Westlink toll-bridge. It’s a wierd photo, but it’s one of my favourites. I took it in September 2003, and the colours of the trees really set off the red of the boarded-up parts of the house. The grey-ish sky against Farmleigh clock-tower is a bit disconcerting, so I always find it an interesting picture to look at.

There’s actually three sets of trees in the photo, some before the Liffey, some before St. Martin’s Road and then the trees in the distance are all in the Phoenix Park or on the Farmleigh estate. The Google maps satellite imagery shows pretty perfectly where I took the shot, the house in question is right at the centre of that link. If you scroll to the top right you can see the bands of trees (and the gaps between them) and the Farmleigh estate. Here’s my attempt at illustrating this using the Google Maps API;

You should be able to click on the markers for some information.

It’s hard to believe that such a beautiful area is only 5 minutes walk from Liffey Valley shopping centre. But it is, it’s behind Palmerstown Village, and it’s a good few acres of empty land, leading right down to the river. It has some great walkways, although you’ll have to deal with the odd few burnt-out car. If you’re in West Dublin, I definitely recommend a visit!

2 Replies to "Hidden Dublin"


Patrick  on August 29, 2007

Hi there,

We are publishing a book later in the year titled ‘Hidden Dublin’ and I was wondering if you would like to review it for this site?


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