Busáras, Dublin

As an old, but not “properly” old building, Dublin’s main bus terminal, Busáras (Irish, literally “bus building”) is maligned by many. As I pass it twice a day almost every day, I’ve gotten quite interested in it and have come to appreciate it a quite a lot.

Front

It’s quite a hard subject to photograph, as it’s surrounded on all four sides by a mixture of road traffic, Luas light rail vehicles and overhead utility lines.

From Amiens St

Unfortunately, the building is very closed off from the street, with access through only one side.

Western elevation

It is really quite detailed, with each frontage presenting a range of decoration from minimalist to really quite detailed. From Amien Street, a heavy slab of Portland stone cladding bookends the main office accommodation.

Slab

Some of a decorative features include a set of primary coloured canopies on the top occupied floor, barely visible from street level.

Decorative canopies

As I get a chance I will be updating this post.

Heritage Boat Association in Maynooth

Recently, the Irish Heritage Boat Association stopped off in Maynooth Harbour for a few days. The HBA do a wonderful job in keeping Ireland’s inland waterways heritage alive and it’s really great to see them passing through.

Heritage Boat Association in Maynooth 1

The vessels’ imposing bulk and dark, rugged features make for a dramatic nighttime scene, especially when a number of vessels are rafted together in a normally empty harbour.

Heritage Boat Association in Maynooth 2

Each boat has a fascinating history, some well over 100 years old. The most common classe of boats are M & E. M boats were Motorised (first 30 Ms are converted horse barges, have pointier bows), E boats were maintenance boats on Ireland’s inland waterways (Engineering), while other heritage boats are less common. All have interesting and varied histories, for example 4E in the foreground was built in 1896, having started life as a horse-drawn boat before being fitted with an engine, before being stripped of the engine again. More info on boat names and classes.

Heritage Boat Association in Maynooth 3

With the Royal Canal reopened as far as the Shannon, these wonderful boats can now travel the vast majority of the routes they would have plied trade on back in the day.

Heritage Boat Association in Maynooth 4

Some more photos of the boats in Maynooth are on the HBA site.