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Ringsend
Ringsend
(Irish: An Rinn) is a southside inner suburb of Dublin, Ireland. It is located on the south bank of the River Liffey
River Liffey
and east of the River Dodder, about two kilometres east of the city centre. It is the southern terminus of the East Link Toll Bridge. Areas included in Ringsend
Ringsend
are the south side of the Dublin
Dublin
Docklands, and at the west end is the area of South Lotts
South Lotts
and part of the Grand Canal Dock area. Neighbouring areas include Irishtown, Sandymount
Sandymount
and the Beggars Bush part of Ballsbridge
Ballsbridge
to the south, and the city centre to the west. Key feature of the area are the chimneys of Poolbeg
Poolbeg
power station. Formerly the point where ships arriving from across the Irish Sea would dock, Ringsend
Ringsend
went into decline in the 19th and 20th centuries, when the shipping moved to other locations, although there is still some container shipping.

Contents

1 History and name 2 The Great South Wall
Great South Wall
and Poolbeg
Poolbeg
Peninsula

2.1 The chimneys

3 Recent times

3.1 Ringsend
Ringsend
during the Easter Rising

4 Amenities 5 Politics 6 Sport 7 People 8 See also 9 References

History and name[edit] Ringsend
Ringsend
was originally a long narrow peninsula separated from the rest of Dublin
Dublin
by the then much broader estuary of the River Dodder. On early maps its name is given as "Ring's Ende" and the nearest settlements to it are given the names Merryon (Merrion) and Donny Brook. The original village of Ringsend
Ringsend
would have been (approximately) where Sandymount
Sandymount
Green is now. At about the same time as the River Dodder
River Dodder
was diverted at what is now the junction of Newbridge Avenue and Lansdowne Bridge, Sandymount (formerly known as The Brickfields) came into being. The English having moved the Irish outside the city walls started referring to the area towards the Ringsend
Ringsend
peninsula as an "Irishtown." Reclamation of Dodder estuary and Liffey areas, including the building of York and Pidgeon House Roads and the Great South Wall
Great South Wall
(South Bull Wall), and development in the 16th and 17th centuries, out to the Poolbeg Lighthouse, led to an expansion of the area. Oliver Cromwell
Oliver Cromwell
arrives in Ringsend Historical articles report of the highly controversial figure, Oliver Cromwell arriving in Ringsend
Ringsend
on August 15, 1649. Cromwell landed in Ireland on behalf of the English parliamentary forces with an army of 4,000 Horses and 8,000 foot soldiers. Ringsend
Ringsend
was used as the initial staging point for the siege of Drogheda and for the conquest of Ireland. At the time Cromwell was received well by locals, little did they know of the atrocities he would go on to commit in Ireland. From the 15th to 19th century Ringsend
Ringsend
was a very strategic disembarking point for ships entering Dublin. [1][2][3] Areas of deep water off Ringsend
Ringsend
Point were used as staging places where goods were trans-shipped for transport by light boat from here to the city. In 1640 the first Ringsend Bridge
Ringsend Bridge
over the Dodder was built so that Ringsend
Ringsend
and Dublin
Dublin
were linked by road and goods could be transported by packhorse to the city.[4] The English name "Ringsend" is a corruption of "Rinn-abhann", which in the Irish language
Irish language
means "the end point of the tide" - the end spit of the land.[5] Ringsend
Ringsend
has long been known colloquially as Raytown, reflecting its history as a fishing village and popularity of the Stingray
Stingray
fish, which is sold in local takeaways as battered ray. It was once within the administration of Pembroke Urban District Council. The Great South Wall
Great South Wall
and Poolbeg
Poolbeg
Peninsula[edit] Main article: Poolbeg Ringsend
Ringsend
and the southern part of Dublin
Dublin
Port are also home to the Great South Wall, connecting the Poolbeg
Poolbeg
Lighthouse to the mainland. The lighthouse lies at the extreme east end of the wall and was constructed in 1767. The stone wall that now stands was constructed over a period of many years and was completed in 1795. The wall and lighthouse are a popular walk destination. The area around Poolbeg also contains Dublin's main power station, with its two huge chimneys for steam - Dublin's tallest structures, the former Pigeon House Fort and a range of industrial buildings.

Cruise liner leaving the Dublin
Dublin
port.

Cargo ship leaving dublin port

South of the Poolbeg
Poolbeg
peninsula and the Great South Wall
Great South Wall
lies the sandy area known as the South Bull.

Isle of Mann passenger ship, Lady of Mann, visits Dublin
Dublin
in 2004.

Power Station in Ringsend

The chimneys[edit] At 207.8 metres and 207.48 metres, the Poolbeg
Poolbeg
Generating Station chimneys in Ringsend
Ringsend
are the tallest structures in Dublin. The Poolbeg chimneys have been defunct since 2010 and were due to be dismantled, however by popular local demand the ESB have decided to keep them standing. Recent times[edit] Recent years have seen significant growth in the area, particularly with the Grand Canal Dock
Grand Canal Dock
Project. A number of high-tech multinationals including Google
Google
established major offices in the area adding to the rejuvenation. In the late 1980s the Windmill Lane Studios
Windmill Lane Studios
moved to Ringsend
Ringsend
and became Ringsend
Ringsend
Road Studios, where many prominent musicians, among them U2 and The Chieftains, have recorded. U2 also rehearses and records at The Factory, nearby in Barrow Street. Thorncastle Street and adjacent Bridge Street were used in the 1999 film Agnes Browne
Agnes Browne
as the location for the market stall and church scenes beside the flat blocks. Ringsend
Ringsend
has also been a location for a number of other notable films including In The Name Of The Father, Educating Rita
Educating Rita
(Rita's home was in Ringsend) and The General. Ringsend
Ringsend
during the Easter Rising[edit] Boland's Mill, a once active flour mill which employed many local residents until its closure in 2001, is located in the Grand Canal Dock area; it was a location of a considerable action during the Easter Rising. Local man Patrick Whelan
Patrick Whelan
(1893–1916) was killed in action on the third floor of Boland's Mill
Boland's Mill
on 26 April 1916, during the Battle of Mount Street. Whelan House, next door to St. Patrick's Church in Ringsend, is named in Whelan's honour. It has been recorded that the most notable figure involved in the 1916 Easter Rising
Easter Rising
at Boland's Mill
Boland's Mill
bakery in Ringsend
Ringsend
was Éamon de Valera
Éamon de Valera
who commanded a section of the 3rd Battalion volunteers. Amenities[edit] Ringsend
Ringsend
has a range of shops, pubs, flats and businesses. It also has a branch of the city's public library system, a Dublin
Dublin
City Council recycling depot and Ringsend
Ringsend
Park, a 10.58 hectare grassy area which contains a renovated stadium, formerly " Ringsend
Ringsend
Stadium", now "Irishtown Stadium" in honour of the neighbouring area of Irishtown. Ringsend
Ringsend
College is a local Education and Training Board college. Formerly known as Ringsend
Ringsend
Technical Institute. Ringsend
Ringsend
was home to Ireland's first Scout Group, founded in 1908 and Ireland's first Sea Scout Group, founded in 1912. The group is called the 1st Port of Dublin
Dublin
(Ringsend) and meets at Focsle, its facility on the Pigeon House Road. Politics[edit] Ringsend
Ringsend
is part of the Dáil Éireann
Dáil Éireann
constituency of Dublin South-East, and the Dublin
Dublin
City Council electoral area of South East Inner City. Sport[edit] The first major sports club was the Gaelic Football team 'Isles of the Sea'. They won the All-Ireland Club competition on three successive occasions and got to keep the original trophy. After a dispute with the GAA members of the Isles of the Sea club went on to found Shamrock Rovers F.C. Shelbourne F.C.
Shelbourne F.C.
was also founded in the area. Bath Markievicz Celtic[6] is a schoolboy club whose home pitch is in Ringsend
Ringsend
Park. Cambridge Boys FC[7] is a schoolboy club named after Cambridge Avenue and whose home pitch is in Ringsend
Ringsend
park. Liffeys Pearse FC[8] was formed by and amalgamation of Liffeys Wanderers and Pearse Rangers. The club's home pitch is in Ringsend
Ringsend
Park. St. Patrick's C.Y.F.C.[9] was established in 1936. The club's home pitch is at Irishtown Stadium. There is also a tradition of rowing with two clubs St. Patrick's and Stella Maris. The Ringsend
Ringsend
Regatta still takes place annually.They have rowing regattas (rowing competitions) every Sunday At Stella Maris and St Patricks At 12ish. More recently, the Poolbeg
Poolbeg
Yacht, Boat Club, & Marina has established a centre for water-based sporting activities and hosts an eighteen-race sailing series from the marina to the Dublin
Dublin
Bay area during the summer months each year.[citation needed] The Clanna Gael Fontenoy[10] GAA club are the local Gaelic football, hurling, and camogie teams. Shelbourne Park
Shelbourne Park
greyhound racing stadium is also in Ringsend. People[edit] Local residents include Colin Farrell, the actor, Paul Durcan, the poet, and the former Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and Green Party leader, John Gormley. Other notables:

Jody Byrne Jimmy Dunne Bob Fullam Dermot Gallagher Val Harris Fran Rooney

See also[edit]

Dublin
Dublin
Docklands Grand Canal Dock Irishtown Sandymount South Lotts List of towns and villages in Ireland

References[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ringsend.

^ "The Curse of Cromwell". 6 February 2013.  ^ "A Short History of Ringsend
Ringsend
and Irishtown" (PDF). stpatrickschurchringsend.com.  ^ "Oliver Cromwell". www.libraryireland.com.  ^ " Poolbeg
Poolbeg
History of the Area" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-03-18. Retrieved 2014-03-18.  ^ . Turtle Bunbury https://web.archive.org/web/20140102193702/http://www.turtlebunbury.com/published/published_books/docklands/Ringsend%20%26%20Poolbeg/pub_books_docklands_rd_earlyyears.html. Archived from the original on 2014-01-02. Retrieved 2014-01-02.  Missing or empty title= (help) ^ "Bath Markievicz Celtic Football Club Information". Soccer-ireland.com. Retrieved 2014-01-02.  ^ "Cambridge Boys Football Club Information". Soccer-ireland.com. Retrieved 2014-01-02.  ^ "Liffeys Pearse Football Club Information". Soccer-ireland.com. Retrieved 2014-01-02.  ^ "St Patrick's YC Football Club Information". Soccer-ireland.com. Retrieved 2014-01-02.  ^ "clannagaelfontenoy.ie". clannagaelfontenoy.ie. 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 

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