Tuesday, 8 January 2013

The Great South Wall






  

     

 











     


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The Great South Wall extends from Ringsend nearly four miles out into Dublin Bay. It was the world's longest sea-wall at the time of its completion in 1786 and remains one of the longest in Europe.
At the seaward end of the wall stands the red-painted Poolbeg Lighthouse, standing in its current form since 1820, having replaced an earlier light-tower, which in turn replaced a 1782 light-ship.
The lighthouse is one of a formation of three. One of the other two lighthouses is located on the Bull Wall opposite, and the other on a wooden platform mid-channel.
The Poolbeg Lighthouse is painted red. The green lighthouse in Dublin bay is the North Bull lighthouse, a couple of yards off the end of the North Bull Wall, and another lighthouse sits out in the bay itself. Green is for starboard (right) and red is for port (left).
The wall was built originally to create a shipping channel into Dublin Port. It was once a station for an army gun battery whose function was to protect the entrance to the port. The gun turret was mounted in a 'half moon' shape, thus lending to the name of the swimming club. The Half Moon Swimming Club sits approximately halfway along the Wall and was founded in 1898. The clubhouse is referred to as 'the Wall', 'the Poolbeg', 'the Battery', or 'the Half Moon'.







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