Dublin Moving East

Michael Branagan

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2020, Wordwell, 320 pages

The Development of a City 

There is an idea current in Dublin that the city experienced massive change, expansion and a building boom like no other during the so-called ‘Celtic Tiger’ era, and the number of cranes on the skyline was often cited as a barometer of this growth. This is neither a true nor an accurate picture. In the thousand years of Dublin history no period of expansion comes anywhere near that of 1708–1844, when the city more than doubled in size. All of this activity was triggered and driven by the actions of the port authorities known as the Ballast Board and later, after 1786, as the Corporation for Preserving and Improving the Port of Dublin.

The author gets to grips with this period in the context of what took place and describes the rapid expansion of Dublin into the thriving metropolis it is today.