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Aerial view of Poolbeg

Poolbeg (Irish: Phoill Bhig) is a peninsula extending from Ringsend, Dublin, into Dublin Bay.


It is home to the Great South Wall, Poolbeg Lighthouse, Irishtown Nature Park, the southern part of Dublin Port, an energy-from-waste facility, and Dublin's former main power station, including two landmark chimneys, which at just over 207m are Dublin's tallest structures.

Poolbeg Chimneys[edit]

Great South Wall

The thermal station chimneys at Poolbeg Generating Station are among the tallest structures in Ireland and are visible from most of Dublin city. Number 1 chimney is 207.48m (680 ft 9in) high, while Number 2 chimney is 207.8m (681 ft 9in) high. The chimneys are featured prominently in the video for the song "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" by U2. Dublin City Councillor and historian Dermot Lacey began a process to list the chimneys for preservation to safeguard their future after the Station was to close in 2010.[1][2] This was later refused by the Council Planning Department.

View of Poolbeg Chimneys From Sandymount Strand

They were subsequently listed as protected structures in July 2014.[3]

The Poolbeg Chimneys are featured in the short story "An Encounter" from James Joyce's Dubliners, known by the children as "The Pigeon House".[4]

21st century plans[edit]

New residential area and bridge[edit]

The Poolbeg West development consists of 34 hectares of land which has been designated for fast-track planning permission for the construction of nine storey apartment blocks and up to 100,000sqm of commercial and retail space, including 3,000 homes and commercial space for 8,000 workers.[5]

In June 2016 Dublin City Council announced that it would fast-track construction of a €30 million bridge linking Dublin’s south Dockslands with the planned new “urban quarter” on the Poolbeg peninsula.[6]