QUAY 16 & BLUE RIVER – FLOATING RESTAURANT ON THE RIVER LIFFEY
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I suggest that you pay a visit to this interesting restaurant.
I had lunch today and the staff was somewhat overloaded with only one waitress and a barman on duty (I am not saying that there was anything wrong with the service). Shortly before I left two or three waiters arrived on the scene, actually they looked more like management. I have not yet had a chance to visit the Quay 16 Restaurant as only the Blue River Bistro was open.
During my visit it noted that the Liffey Taxi Service appears to have been suspended.
I have included some information about Quay 16 below.
The Cill Airne, Dublin Dockland’s very first floating bar and restaurant, is now open for business. The historic ship has been extensively renovated and will be based along the quayside at North Wall Quay.
The ship houses two new restaurants, Quay 16 and Blue River Bistro. The Blue River Bistro is located in the refurbished deck of the Cill Airne, with unrivalled views of the waterfront and Docklands, and offers casual dining with a capacity of 120. Quay 16, which is located below deck, offers fine dining for up to 60 guests.
The opening of the Cill Airne follows the Docklands Authority’s call for water-based businesses that will enliven the River Liffey. The initiative is part of the Dockland Authority’s River Regeneration Strategy, which is focused on returning the River Liffey to centre of Dublin life and has already seen the launch of business ventures such as the Liffey Voyage tour service, Dublin City Moorings, the Liffey Ferry and the purchase of the replica famine ship, the Jeanie Johnson.
The Cill Airne was commissioned by the Irish Government in July 1961 and was one of the very last riveted ships to be built in Europe. Designed to carry over 1,000 passengers, the Cill Airne suffered from the collapse of the liner trade following the increase in airline traffic and was handed to the Maritime College as a training vessel for naval cadets. The Maritime College’s move to a new building with mock up engine room and sailing simulators resulted in the Cill Airne becoming obsolete and she was placed up for auction by the College.
David Higgins, Director of Finance, Docklands Authority, said "The Cill Airne will further enhance the Docklands area and ensure that the River Liffey will be the heartbeat of Dublin once more. We look forward to making further announcements on new water-based attractions that will appeal to Dubliners and visitors alike."