Grand Canal – The Beginnings…

And so it begins… another day, another canal to get going at. After the encouragement from members of the IWAI on completing my Royal Canal trek, to get on with it and do the Grand, I took a few moments to reflect. Do I want to do it as well? Yes, was the resounding reply from the little fella on my left shoulder. OK… then we’ll have to approach this walk a bit differently, commented the fella on the right shoulder.

The Royal Canal walk started by accident… serendipitous co-incidence… fluke. It developed as time went by. So, if I was going to walk the Grand why not do it sequentially? From the Liffey to the Shannon. Bring order to the whole experience. Then, when I document the events it could be of better aid to folk who may want to use the material as a guide.

OK then… I started the whole process at about ten past ten on the twelfth of the twelfth… do I spot a bit of symmetry there? Again… not planned, just happened this way because of a job interview in close proximity to the Grand Canal Docks. The interview went well… the stroll even better.

‘A’ marks the spot… where I started the walk around the GCD basins…

Because the Grand Canal Dock is large, I include the map. The maps show the two basins… the larger outer basin is where I started and made my way around in an anti-clockwise direction. I have walked the area before… about 3 years ago. So, I had a fair idea of what to expect. A few things jump out at you all the time. The old and the new. Decay and rejuvenation. I wonder what the basin and surrounds would have looked like by now if the downturn had not halted the headlong rush for tearing down the old and throwing up the new buildings…

I was fortunate the morning of the walk, the sun was out long enough to brighten the views. Not long after midday the winter returned in anger, forcing me back to the station and the warm ride home.

There is much history in the area. I’m not going to have much to say about that but show what the GCD looks like these days. I again make use of the IWAI’s online charts… click here for a visit to the first one… there you’ll find more information about the history of the Grand.

I’ll get the gallery going with a few views from just to the left of the map marker… on the corner of the buildings. This point allows for about 270 degree views… so, with no further waffle… here we go…

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11 Responses to Grand Canal – The Beginnings…

  1. Wonderful pictures, thnak you very much indeed.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful pictures of the GC

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  3. Gaelyn says:

    The area really does offer a contrast of times.

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  4. nice shots aj – great to see some urban views.

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    • aj vosse says:

      Thanks Sheila… yep, there’ll be quite a bit more to see of Dublin in the next few posts… let’s hope it’s not too boring for you folk in the distance…

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  5. Joe T says:

    Brilliant as ever AJ, timing is perfect, and will spur others to blow away those Winter blues.
    Will put a link on the “other” channel, maybe in February updates. Keep up the good work,
    Joe. T.
    BTW the spelling is ” TREACY ” but I aint touchy !!

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    • aj vosse says:

      Please accept my apologies Sir.. not harm intended… just the way I’ve seen your name spelled on the forum…
      The ‘other’ channel link is special… THANKS!! 😉

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  6. Firefly says:

    The canals really offers so many different photo opportunities

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