Thursday Doors – Dublin

It’s been a few weeks since I last posted anything on my blog and I have to say I’ve missed not participating in Thursday Doors. However, that didn’t mean I wasn’t on the hunt for them – you can take the woman out of Thursday Doors but you can’t take Thursday Doors out of the woman. While on a daytrip to meet up with some family in Dublin I took shots of various doors and buildings from around the city. The first one is of St. Thomas (Church of Ireland previously but now used by Anglican congregations). The original structure was destroyed in the Civil War of 1922 and this new church was built in 1931. Winner of the RIAI Gold Medal for Architecture 1932-34.

The Spire, taken from Henry Street.

The Spire of Dublin, also called The Monument of Light – An Túr Solais in Irish – is a very tall, stainless steel structure 120m (390 ft) high. It’s located on the site of the former Nelson’s Pillar on O’Connell Street in Ireland’s capitol city. Dubliners can be very witty and quickly ‘renamed’ it The Stiletto in the Ghetto. Here’s a closer shot of the Spire, designed by Ian Ritchie Architects, who sought an “Elegant and dynamic simplicity bridging art and technology”.

At dusk, the base of the monument is lit and the top 10m (33 ft) is illuminated by light-emitting diodes shining through 11,884 holes. I’m glad I wasn’t given the job of counting them. There’s a selection of doors of all shapes and sizes in the following gallery. Often it’s the upper levels that are more interesting when the ground floor is occupied by a retail store.

If you’ve ever been to Dublin you can’t have missed Moore Street Market, one of the oldest of all the markets in the city to have survived. I’ll put a link at the end of the post for a short but interesting history. *

It was first established in the 18th century and you’ll hear it before you see it. My mother used to bring me there on shopping trips to the city when I was a child and in my teens I spent every second Saturday roaming the streets of the capitol, absorbing the Seventies atmosphere in The Dandelion Market at the top of Stephen’s Green. Any of you readers of a ‘certain age’ who were living in Ireland at the time will remember The Dandelion.

A store my mother-in-law loved to visit was Guineys, still trading, having first opened in 1971 and I just had to pop in and have a look around. Another well known Dublin store is Arnotts on Henry Street.

It is Ireland’s oldest and largest department store, which opened for business in 1843 and is still going strong today. I’ll leave you with some random shots of doors and buildings that caught my eye as we left the city. Of course, there’s a red one included.

Thanks for coming along with me on this short tour of Dublin City. If you would like to see some lovely doors from around the world, have a look at the links in the comments on Norm’s latest Thursday Doors post.

Moore Street Market *

About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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34 Responses to Thursday Doors – Dublin

  1. TCast says:

    Lots of variety of doors!

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    This a great selection of doors, Jean, and I love the picture of the spire!

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  3. slfinnell says:

    Loved the tour of doors! Yes the uppers are equally interesting. 🙂

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  4. Ally Bean says:

    The different styles and colors of the doors are invigorating. I especially like the Celtic Lodge doors-within-doors approach to an entrance.

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    • There’s a lot of those entrances in older establishments around Ireland, like pubs and restaurants. I think it must have been planned that way so you could put your umbrella down before entering or up before leaving, lol.

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  5. Hello Jean. I’ve always liked the various doors postings that I’ve come across on WordPress. I’ve thought of doing a variation on the theme myself, and very well might. What attracts you to doing doors stories? See ya!

    Neil Scheinin

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    • Thanks for reading, Neil. Interesting question. I think what originally appealed to me was the discipline of posting weekly. Thursday Doors gave me a schedule and a flexible topic. I also love photography, so that alone gives me great satisfaction. Usually I research the history of what I’m blogging about and I love doing that, when I have the time.

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  6. Dublin looks fascinating. Nice shots!

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  7. I didn’t do it justice Brenda. It’s a great city to wander around with plenty of interesting places to visit

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  8. JT Twissel says:

    I have never been to Dublin City so thank you for this tour!

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  9. Sheree says:

    Great selection of doors and buildings 😎

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  10. Jennie says:

    This was fabulous, Jean.

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  11. Norm 2.0 says:

    “The Stiletto in the Ghetto” had me laughing all the way through the rest of this post 😀
    And now you know what a twisted sense of humour I have…
    Some lovely shots though Jean. Just enough to tease me into moving Dublin up a few notches on my list of places to visit.

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  12. You gave me goosebumps. I felt like I was right back in Dublin.

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  13. joey says:

    I really hope to see Dublin. It looks so vibrant and interesting. Great doors!

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  15. Jackie says:

    My birth place and still close to my heart. It’s been four years since I visited, so I am due.

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  16. “you can take the woman out of Thursday Doors but you can’t take Thursday Doors out of the woman”

    How true! 🙂 I had a bit of a summer break but shall be more regular again in my visits. This is a great post. I haven’t been to Ireland at all yet! I don’t remember seeing this spire in many photos. You make it look pretty effective. And I love the doors, especially the Admiral’s. 🙂

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  17. Lorraine says:

    Love the doors particularly Guineys
    Brings back memories of shopping in Dublin many years ago with a great woman.
    Make me homesick.

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