SPIRIT OF DOCKLANDS

    Liffey River Cruises

    SPIRIT OF DOCKLANDS – LIFFEY CRUISE BOAT

    This weekend is a big weekend in Dublin as the St. Patrick’s festival begins tomorrow and I have just returned from collecting my media pass.

    Today I got the opportunity to purchase a Sony 16-35mm GM lens at Euro 1800 which is a reduction of about Euro 600 but I hesitated as the F4 16-35mm lens retails at about Euro 1,200 and according to many reports it is an excellent lens.

    Anyway, in order to clear my mind I decide to take a walk along the Liffey.

    Dublin’s tour service on the River Liffey. The bright red, glass-roofed tour boat, ‘Spirit of Docklands’ operates between the city centre and the Docklands, exploring the historical sites and landmarks along the River Liffey.

    A tour guide delivers entertaining snippets on Dublin life specific to the Liffey and Docklands throughout the journey, offering passengers an intriguing insight into Dublin folklore and history. The script has been developed by leading Dublin historian Pat Liddy. The tour departs from a landing station at Bachelor’s Walk, passing under O’Connell Bridge downstream past the Custom House in Docklands. It reaches the East Link Toll Bridge and the Grand Canal Basin before passing the IFSC and returning to Bachelor’s Walk.

    ‘Spirit of Docklands’ arrived in Dublin in June 2005. Built in Sweden by boat builders Westers Mekaniska, it can accommodate 50 passengers, is 23 metres long and capable of travelling at 9.5 knots. It is wheelchair accessible and suitable for young and old alike.

    The service is the latest of a number of initiatives under the Docklands Authority’s River Regeneration Strategy to bring back life to the River Liffey to give Dubliners and visitors alike an alternative view of the city.

    The Liffey River Cruises operates daily, with a journey time of approximately 45 minutes.


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