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The History of The Poolbeg Chimneys and Poolbeg Lighthouse

The History of The Poolbeg Chimneys and Poolbeg Lighthouse

Have you ever noticed the two red and white towers standing tall in Dublin Bay?  Today, we're exploring two of Dublin's most recognisable landmarks: the Poolbeg Chimneys and Lighthouse.


These towering structures aren't just a feast for the eyes but a source of inspiration for us at Due South, leading to the creation of our Poolbeg Collection, we’ve put this 3-minute blog together to answer your most asked questions about the Poolbeg Chimneys and Poolbeg Lighthouse.


Where to Find Poolbeg Chimneys and Poolbeg Lighthouse?


Nestled at the end of the Great South Wall (also known as the Poolbeg Wall), the Poolbeg Lighthouse is an essential beacon for Dublin's bay. Painted in the unmistakable red, the lighthouse stands as a guardian of the port, guiding vessels safely to shore. Its location offers breathtaking views of the Irish Sea, making it a picturesque spot for photographers, nature lovers, and vitamin sea lovers.


The Majestic Poolbeg Chimneys


Rising high above the Dublin skyline, the Poolbeg Chimneys have become an unmissable part of the city's identity. These twin chimneys belong to the Poolbeg Generating Station, located in the Ringsend area. Standing at over 207 meters tall, they're among the tallest structures in Ireland and can be seen from various parts of Dublin, serving as a navigation landmark for ships and airplanes alike. With one tower built in 1967 and the other in 1977, the chimneys have been inactive since 2010, but their imposing presence continues to captivate locals and visitors, becoming a symbol of Dublin's industrial past and a muse for our beloved Poolbeg Chimney Hoodie.



The Poolbeg Lighthouse Walk


The walk to Poolbeg Lighthouse is an experience. Spanning approximately 2km along the 4km Poolbeg Wall, this path offers serene views of the sea on one side and the bustling city on the other. It's an ideal escape for those looking to immerse themselves in tranquillity while staying close to the city. The walk, often referred to as the Poolbeg Walk, is accessible to all ages and fitness levels, providing a perfect setting for leisurely strolls or rejuvenating jogs.. The lighthouse was first built in 1767 and was operated by candlepower until 1786. The lighthouse was redesigned and rebuilt to it’s present form in 1820.


Why is it called the Pigeon House?


The area around the Poolbeg Chimneys and Lighthouse is steeped in history, once home to the Pigeon House Fort and later the Pigeon House Hotel. And so locally, people knew it as,"Pigeon House," a term still fondly used by Dubliners today.


In essence, the Poolbeg Chimneys and Lighthouse are more than just landmarks; they are symbols of Dublin's rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant community. Whether you're wrapping yourself in our cozy Poolbeg Chimney Hoodie or wearing our Poolbeg Lighthouse Tee on your next trip back home, you're carrying a piece of Irish heritage with you.


About Due South:


Due South is a sustainable and responsible fashion brand based in Dublin. Our unique designs are produced by our founder Paul and showcase all of the beauty and wonders that Ireland has to offer. All our products are made from either 100% organic cotton or 100% recycled materials and are certified vegan friendly.
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