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Re: Moran park

Postby grammer » Sat Jun 09, 2012 1:17 am

Rocker wrote and I quote
had this argument here the other night about our local church. For years before it was built all the people of Blackrock contributed weekly (little envelopes). My father was one of a huge number of collectors who trudged the streets in all weathers collecting, counting, banking. I don't know who owned the land but it probably was council as it backs onto common area. The church was built and everyone forgets how much public money went into it.I'd say if the Catholic Church decided tomorrow to close and sell it they would put the few bob in the coffers.


This is a pet hobby horse of mine, has been for many many years - :D :D :D :D
glad to see that great minds think alike :D :D :D
but I also think that the congregation in the parish should have a vote on whether the land or property should be sold off-
when surplus to requirements-
I will keep part 2 for tomorrow-- :D :D :D
cos I'm going off topic too -
but its normal now- :D :D :D
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Re: Moran park

Postby Rocker » Sat Jun 09, 2012 6:29 pm

I'm going back on topic. Had a very interesting chat with a stranger today and the talk turned to D/L. He told me that his probably great grandfather had worked for the Bord of Works or the Harbour and his job was to look after the reservoir - the pond in Moran Park and he had to ensure the boats in the harbour were filled with water. That man also had a house on Haigh terrace that went with the job. Now that was a bit of info. I told him the Christ the King was moved and he said he would have to go out to D/L to look!!
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Re: Moran park

Postby Sinead » Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:02 pm

Folks, the Harbour Master's House was at the bottom of Haigh Terrace.
The Pier Master's House was in Mulgrave Street.

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Re: Moran park

Postby Gulliver » Wed Aug 08, 2012 5:14 pm

Snowhite wrote:A few Photo's from Moran's Park last week.

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Above is from Snowhite's post in 2006
I notice that the reservoir has now been drained. My understanding was that it was fed with spring water by a well - otherwise it would have dried out in summertime. I wonder what has happened to the well - it appears that it's not filling at the moment - so what happens to the water which would have fed it. Is it not likely to emerge somewhere? Anyone know anything about spring wells?
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Re: Moran park

Postby Micheál » Thu Aug 09, 2012 12:35 am

speaking of Moran Park . . .

Heres a facinating account of the trial of Patrick Moran taken from the latest release of witness Statements in the Military archives. Noyk's reminiscences on a whole range of topics are interesting. The Moran material is located on pages 50 or thereabouts

http://www.bureauofmilitaryhistory.ie/reels/bmh/BMH.WS0707.pdf
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Re: Moran park

Postby Gulliver » Sat Sep 08, 2012 1:53 pm

This is Moran Park as of yesterday - as seen from the shopping centre. Inside the perimeter it looks like little ants building their home. Outside, life goes on.
photo information - Canon SX40 superzoom lens set to 24mm equivalent, auto

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Looking closer, it is interesting to see the rock-face. Much of Dun Laoghaire is built on solid rock which goes way down, and here you can see the rock exposed.
photo information - Canon SX40 superzoom lens set to 500mm equivalent, f5.8 and 1/125

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Re: Moran park

Postby Strum » Sat Sep 08, 2012 3:35 pm

Wow Gulliver. Is that the Pond drained in the second photo?
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Re: Moran park

Postby Gulliver » Sat Sep 08, 2012 4:31 pm

Nope...The second picture is approximately the location of the former bowling clubhouse - you can see the piling machine in the top pic. The pond area is quite a bit to the right of that. Connot see if the pond is drained - I think it is. The pond area has been railed off - you can just see the railing in the first pic - but cannot see whether there is water.
Below is an enlargement of a section of the top pic - you can see the railed off area
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Re: Moran park

Postby Denis Cromie » Sun Sep 09, 2012 11:18 am

Great pics Gulliver. Looks to me like a very worthwhile project and should be great asset to the area.
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Re: Moran park

Postby Gulliver » Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:04 pm

Gulliver wrote:Here's the new bowling facility at Eglington park, photographed today through the fence
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I played on this new surface recently... As synthetics go, it really is the best, but I still prefer grass. It rained heavily that night, so much as to make large puddles but the surface was playable within a very short time after the rain stopped. A great facility... not sufficiently used.
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Re: Moran park

Postby grammer » Sat Nov 24, 2012 4:09 pm

Came across this awhile back
interesting -how outsiders see Dun Laoghaire

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Re: Moran park

Postby Rocker » Tue Jun 10, 2014 6:04 pm

Christ the King sculpture returns to Moran Park, Dún Laoghaire

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is delighted to announce the restoration and return of ‘Christ the King’, created by sculptor Andrew O’Connor.

The sculpture was carefully removed in May 2012 to facilitate the construction of the Central Library and Cultural Centre at Moran Park, and has undergone a painstaking restoration process by Brendan Watters, who has significant experience in the maintenance and conservation of public artworks.

The sculpture is being installed this week at the western end of the Moran Park site in a position of equal prominence to its original location and at the same height above ground level. The "Triple Cross" of Christ the King, symbolising the three distinct aspects of Christ's life – Desolation, Consolation and Triumph – has been standing 18 feet high as a major landmark for the town, since it was formally unveiled in 1978.
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Re: Moran park

Postby grammer » Tue Jun 10, 2014 6:50 pm

Betcha some oddball will complain about it.
Possible followers of the Marietta Biscuit cult.
The PC brigade will round up an atheist to complain about it.
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Re: Moran park

Postby Gulliver » Tue Jun 10, 2014 7:16 pm

I understand that it has been reinstated for its value as art by the arts committee of the council rather than for its religious significance. So they say!
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Re: Moran park

Postby Strum » Tue Jun 10, 2014 7:35 pm

Gulliver wrote:I understand that it has been reinstated for its value as art by the arts committee of the council rather than for its religious significance. So they say!



It is a most amazing piece and noteworthy most of all is it's history. How it survived WW11 etc. ;)
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Re: Moran park

Postby Micheál » Tue Jun 10, 2014 9:14 pm

grammer wrote:Betcha some oddball will complain about it.
Possible followers of the Marietta Biscuit cult.
The PC brigade will round up an atheist to complain about it.
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


I heard that they are already objecting to Whites Cross and will soon by turning their attention to Old Dunleary because of its agist connotations - the are proposing "Experienced Dunleary"

Next up will be Blackrock

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Re: Moran park

Postby Gulliver » Tue Jun 10, 2014 11:25 pm

Strum wrote:It is a most amazing piece and noteworthy most of all is it's history. How it survived WW11 etc. ;)


More than that - it survived the wrath of John Charles McQuaid
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Re: Moran park

Postby Rocker » Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:50 am

I have to say i am just delighted that they are returning it. When it was removed to start the works i could get very little info on the future of it and even thought the Council promised it would be returned somewhere I was dubious. I hope to go and see it in it's new location.

Here is what the Council said in 2012
http://www.dlrcoco.ie/newsevents/latest ... 05,en.html
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Re: Moran park

Postby keeper » Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:07 pm

I was working in the ESB when the statue was erected first time around, we put in the spot lights to illuminate it at night. The first time I saw the statue it was in a crate where the gardeners have or had their growing shed/greenhouse in the Peoples Park. I don't believe it would ever have been erected while McQuaid was alive.
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Re: Moran park

Postby Strum » Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:32 pm

Took this photo last week and was wondering what the new Scaffolding was for. Christ the King being reinstalled inside the Park.


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I saw some photos earlier but can't find the link now.



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