The Pigeon House power station is one of the iconic landmarks of Dublin. It was built on the turn of the 20th century and began operation in 1903. The coal fired power station continued to run for the next 73 years and was finally decommissioned in 1976. The power station which replaced it is now sprawled out on a vast site next to it. The old coal fired power station was built on land next to the old Pigeon House (the large grey building in the bottom right of the below satellite photo) which is how the area got it’s name. There is some history on this building located on the following page: http://dublincitypubliclibraries.com/dublin-buildings/pigeon-house Alongside the power station there are also some small remains of the old Pigeon House Barracks which were used to defend the port in times past.
My main interest here however was the now long abandoned power station. The building ended up being quite difficult to gain access to but it was well worth the effort. The site is huge and takes quite a while to cover. The large turbine hall has a large amount of rooms shooting off it, a lot of them containing some of the original machinery. The most interesting thing here though it the control room located high up in the power station. The main control panel here spans the length of the room. This is surely the only example of this in Ireland.
All in all this site took quite a while to cover with plenty of interest to see. It’s taken me a while to get around to getting in here but the wait was definitely worth it as this has to be one of the best abandoned sites in the country.