Georges Quay

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One George's Quay Plaza is the headquarters of Ulster Bank.

George's Quay is a street and quay in Dublin on the southern bank of the River Liffey. It is located between Burgh Quay and Hawkins Street to the west, and City Quay and Talbot Memorial Bridge to the east.[1]

History and development[edit]

Though earlier land-reclamation along the Liffey's south-eastern banks had allowed for construction in the area, as evidenced by the quay's name, its current layout derives from Dublin's "Georgian" development period in the 18th century.[1][2] Most remaining buildings on the quay however date from 19th and (predominantly) 20th century construction.[2] Into the 21st century, a number of entities have published plans for increased development in the area - including Dublin City Council (in 2008) and Córas Iompair Éireann (in 2015).[2][3][1]

Current use[edit]


The quay is fronted primarily by George's Quay Plaza - a complex of buildings located between Hawkins street and Lombard Street. It is sometimes jokingly referred to as "Canary Dwarf" in reference to Canary Wharf in London.[citation needed] The 13 story complex faces the Custom House and, at 58.8 m high, is one of the tallest in the capital after Liberty Hall.[4] Completed in 2002, it was designed by KMD Architecture, and houses the headquarters of Ulster Bank.[5]


Tara Street railway station is on the quay close to the junctions with Butt Bridge and Tara Street.[6] It is one of the busiest commuter rail stations in Dublin.[7][1] Dublin Bus and a number of commercial operators also have bus-stops along the quay.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d Georges Quay Local Area (Plan Part 1) (PDF) (Report). Dublin City Council. 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-12.
  2. ^ a b c "Draft George's Quay Plan" (PDF). Dublin City Council. December 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-12.
  3. ^ "Tara Street Station to be transformed into a high-rise office block". News Talk. 11 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Skyscraperpage". 18 June 2010. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  5. ^ "Ulster Bank Headquarters". 18 June 2010. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  6. ^ "Tara Street station". Irish Rail.
  7. ^ "Synopsis and background of Tara Street Station redevelopment (report)" (PDF). Tara Street Station Redevelopment Site (CIE). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Our Pickup Location in Georges Quay, Dublin City Centre". Retrieved 12 April 2015.

Coordinates: 53°20′51″N 6°15′12″W / 53.347505°N 6.253217°W / 53.347505; -6.253217