The Pigeon House, Dublin

Pigeon House Dublin 14 x 12" Oil on canvas Oil Painting Donna McGee
Pigeon House Dublin 14 x 12″ Oil on canvas

About The Pigeon House

The Pigeon House, also referred to as The Poolbeg Generating Station is situated on the River Liffey in Ringsend Dublin.  The iconic chimneys are so-called, because of their caretaker John Pidgeon. The story began with the shipping difficulties encountered in navigating  Dublin bay around the time of the late 1700’s.  Construction work began to make the channel deeper and The Great South Wall, the longest of its kind in Europe was constructed.

A more permanent fort  built shortly afterwards,  remained in operation until 1897, when the building was sold to Dublin Corporation.  They wished to build a power station to supply energy to the fast-growing city.  The power station, initially coal-fired, began operation in 1903.

View of The Pigeon House in the distrance from Dalkey © Donna McGee
Distant view of The Pigeon House from Dalkey © Donna McGee

It was finally decommissioned in 1976.  Its massive chimneys became a famous Dublin landmark and have become a favorite with many artistic interpretations.

Take a flight inside the Poolbeg Chimneys

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Author: Donna McGee

Capturing and sharing the timeless beauty of the Irish landscape in paint !

2 thoughts on “The Pigeon House, Dublin”

  1. Hi Donna! Beautiful piece! So funny that you’ve just posted this as I’m just back from a lovely walk down the peninsula to the little beach beneath the Pidgeon house! It’s a great spot, a really hidden gem in the heart of Dublin. The views out there are amazing! I think I’ll post some of my photo from today on my own blog…

    1. How lovely and what a coincidence! Yes the views can be amazing especially with the sun setting in the evening. I will look forward to seeing your images on your blog – I might even have to do another painting!!

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