Pictured here is Connolly Station situated on Amiens Street in North Central Dublin.
The station was designed by William Deane Butler & Iarnród Éireann Architects and built between 1844 and 1846. Originally named Dublin Station, this was the first of Dublin's four major railway stations to be built. It was built for the Drogheda and Dublin Railway Company and was renamed Connolly Station after James Connolly, one of the main figures in the 1916 rising.
It is designed as a symmetrical 5 bay façade with three towers and a huge central entrance arch. The central tower is distinctly Italianate in design, and it is considered that the design of the building does not work very well from an aesthetic point of view. Some people say that the façade of the building is not long enough to warrant the three towers, and the central tower is too high, throwing off the balance of the design.
The large central tower is built to be visible at the junction of Talbot street and Amiens street so that it can act as a beacon on both streets as to the location of the station.
While originally serving the Drogheda to Dublin rail line, today the station is the hub for many more lines than this. The station serves the Dart line (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) a coastal commuter train that runs the length of the coast of the city, as well as three Intercity routes; the enterprise line to Belfast, the Sligo intercity and the line to Rosslare Europort which connects passengers to ferries bound for Wales and France.
The Dart line also runs to Dun Laoghaire connecting the Stena line ferry to Holyhead where connecting trains can be boarded for London. As well as this, commuter trains from Dundalk, Drogheda Maynooth, Enniscorthy and Gorey still use this station.
In recent years, the station was overhauled with the construction of a completely new entrance at its south flank and an interior revamp. The old ramp which allowed buses to drive up into the station was removed and a new glass canopy built making the station a new terminus for the Luas (Dublins tram system). It is also only minutes walk from Busaras, Dublin's main bus station making this area of the city a vital place for Dublin and Irelands transport network.
On the night of May 31st - 1941, this station took a direct hit from a German bomb. This happened as one of the 4 bombs which fell in the North Strand area of Dublin.
This was the fourth bombing of Ireland, and the second of Dublin by the Germans, and it was on this night that the highest number of people died. 28 people lost their lives just a couple of streets away from here when a bomb (believed to be a landmine) sank through freshly lain tarmac on a residential road, causing all of the surrounding houses to collapse. 17 houses were totally demolished and around 50 others extensively damaged. As well as the loss of 28 lives, 90 people were injured, 300 buildings damaged and 400 people left homeless. Near to this place, a small park remembers those who died in the North Stand bombings.
It was the destruction of this area, and the need to rehome those people that led to the development of a number of Dublin's North side suburbs, including the densely populated area of Cabra.
Thanks for looking!
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snunney (94813) 2013-09-15 8:17
The lighting is very atmospheric and suits the subject perfectly I like the point of view with the clock tower making an excellent focal point. Also, that wonderful mackerel sky. I thought Ireland was officially neutral during WW2, were the German bombings made in error for Northern Ireland?
macjake (64630) 2013-09-15 9:02
and very interesting critiques of the station itself.
So alot of locals believe its too short to house 3 towers? and the middle tower is too large? I somewhat agree, perhaps the middle tower is a little too big, but I still think it's suitable for 3 towers...no?
But then again i love railway stations, as they are wicked subjects! You should have seen some of the stations in Poland! Yikes! lol And i'm not talking about Warsaw, I mean in the smaller towns.
For me, this station has a communist style, seems very drab and grey, kind of lifeless? or is it just me?
anyways, awesome pic from Dublin, really enjoy it.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-09-15 10:19
con l'avvento e lo sviluppo delle ferrovie, si è proceduto nel seolo scorso in tutto il mondo alla contemporanea costruzione delle grandi stazioni gerroviarie, le quali hanno sempre avuito un aspetto imponente, quantomeno nelle grandi città, ma spesso un aspetto piuttosto confuso dal punto di vista architettonico.
Questo è avvenuto anche in Italia e, in tutta onestà, sono assai rari gli esempi di stazioni ferroviarie che hanno avuto grande fama per la bellezza della propria struttura architettonica.
Così, quantomeno in Italia, e direi altrettanto anche in Irlanda, almeno a giudicare dall'aspetto di questa stazione che oltretutto con le sue torri ha un aspetto pretenzioso che, a ben guardare, oggi appare con le sue torri, del tutto poco razionale.
Come tu dici nelle note, le torri dovevano essere un punto di riferimento per i viaggiatori per individuare il sito nell'ambito cittadino, ma di ulteriore effettiva utilità ne vedo ben poca.
Con questa premessa non intendevo inficiare al validità della fotografia che documenta un aspetto interessante di Dublino, una fotografia oltretutto ben fatta sia come inquadratura che come gestione della luce in una situazione sfavorevole di controluce, ma essere una critica alla irrazionalità di tali architetture, le quali solo oggi, molto lentamente si sta cercando di sostituire con strutture ben più moderne e razionali.
Un particolare complimento alle note che ben descrivono la storia di questo particolare edificio che è parte integrante del panorama urbano di Dublino.
Ciao e buon inizio di settimana
pajaran (57933) 2013-09-15 11:10
Interesantan i dobar tekst o zgradi stanice, sa datim podacima i istorijom ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazana zgrada i detalji na fasadi.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje.
Interesting and good article on building stations, with the given data and history ...
A good time recording, contrast, beautiful colors.
Good work, nice building station shown and details on the facade.
Good evening and all the best.
Kugart (1778) 2013-09-15 13:22
Another fine example of Dublin's rich architectural heritage. I have travelled into this station on quite a few occasions and never really took the time to admire its beauty.love the symmetry of the facade and the large sturdy pillars supporting the balcony above. Nice POV showing the towers against the atmospheric sky. Excellent note as usual Noel. I have learnt so much about the history of Dublin and its buildings through your contributions on TE.
All the best
carlo62 (43489) 2013-09-15 14:44
come sempre ci porti a fare un giro per la tua amata Irlanda, un paese che ho sempre apprezzato e che ogni giorno conosco sempre di più grazie anche al tuo aiuto.
Una bella condivisione, bella foto e interessante nota, tutto quello che occorre ad ampliare le conoscenze tra nazioni e a rendere più amici persone lontane.
Un caro saluto
photoray (13725) 2013-09-15 17:16
Very impressive gigantic and architecture view of your Dublin RR Station. We have some massive and classical rail stations in America. This guy's tall windows and columns are complemented nicely by the towers.
And a bonus with your historical detailed note.
My favorite California RR station is the Union Station in Los Angeles. It is also a 'hub' for Amtrak trains, commuter trains - Metrolink, numerous buses including the DASH buses which meander frequently throughout downtown Los Angeles.
Thanks for sharing this historical icon,
jcpix (13846) 2013-09-15 20:45
I have to admit, I know as much about architecture as I do when it comes to art or nuclear physics!? My little pea brain just lets me know when it thinks something is attractive and worth trying to photograph. Such would be the case here. Sounds like it would be a perfect landmark for directions too..."you see that tower there above the rest of the skyline....yeah, go there!" :) Regardless of the drab tones, the station as a whole is very appealing. The larger tower in the middle sets this apart from most. Personally, I think rail stations are some of the most fascinating places to photograph...inside and out. If you ever have the chance, make a stop in Milano...that has always been one of my favorites.
I was shocked to read of its history, being part of the bombings during WWII. I was always under the impression that Ireland remained neutral. I did read through some of your messages though, and now understand some of the background story. Glad that era has long since been put behind all of us! Another great sky you had, not quite as colorful as many of your sunsets, but those clouds make sure make it more striking. A great angle to showcase this station, it has a large presence, and that one person walking along in front sure helps define its scale. Enjoy the new week. Take care.
batalay (37835) 2013-09-15 20:50
An excellent note informs this photo of the Connolly Station. Its design is unlike any other I've seen, but perhaps it brings together elements of so many others in the mid-19th century when architects were creating a neo-classical style.
Warm regards, Noel,
jjcordier (79295) 2013-09-15 23:32
Comme toujours, une note très détaillée et intéressante accompagne la photo de cette gare à l'architecture assez caractéristique de ces bâtiments.
bukitgolfb301 (39596) 2013-09-16 0:16
Hi dear Noel
This is also stunning architecture image. Distortion by usage of widefoucus is very natsural and thick and deep colro trouch is very very tasteful and moody.
The thick coulds in the sky is also nice.
Thanks a lot and have a good day! TAKERO
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-09-16 5:19
the architecture of the Station as well as your presentation of it are magnificent!But I like equally so lovely scenery of the scene.The light and these amazing cloud formations create here really nice mood.
I´m really delighted by the way you mastered here this moody light and still were able to show us so many architectural details of the building.
Apart from the image,thanks for so interesting note about the Station.
Wish You a nice day
ourania (41166) 2013-09-16 9:12
a very interesting and atmospheric photo for the presetation of this important landmark of Dublin. The perspective has been used effectively to show the whole of the facade from a close point of view. The sky complements the picture superbly providing a moody and dramatic backdrop. The only person included in the frame is absolutely integrated chromatically and so are the three cars, so nicely tucked at the corner. The lack of traffic, people and lights make the building look abandoned. Your note is greatly appreciated as always. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
Fis2 (93775) 2013-09-16 11:47
A very curious building.
Good frame and perspective.
I like colors and light.
Photo has climate.
danos (94194) 2013-09-16 21:16
nice the view of the imressive Connolly Station with the moody sky to don't allow to see the whole details of the building.I like the creative atmosphere as the informative note.
Indrasish (2939) 2013-09-16 21:42
Excellent shot here.. Like the composition and nice perspective.. I also like the soft light.. Superb image quality and nice colors too.. Very well done.. And thanks for attaching an interesting note with it..
Good morning and best wishes from Kolkata..
mkamionka (34581) 2013-09-18 8:42
I always liked this building and several times attempted to photograph it, once we were there at the blue hour with darek1978 but we did not produce anything exciting. The highlight of your presentation is the lovely sky. Bit dark but it all contributes to the evening mood here.
Very well done,
fabbs99 (17129) 2013-09-18 9:58
Excellent shot of this exotic structure.Very nice perspective and good framing along with nice colors and depth of field, excellent quality overall, as always.TFS.
- Copyright: Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) (29143)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-09-22
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 60D
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-09-15 8:10