Friday 9 December 2016

The people can reclaim the silent watchmen

The Poolbeg Chimneys are no longer the ESB's to do with as they wish, says Brendan O'Connor. They belong to us now

Published 27/07/2014 | 02:30

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Poolbeg Dublin
Plans for Poolbeg Chimneys

In one sense there is nothing natural about the Irishtown Nature Reserve. Certainly, it is remarkable in that it is probably just a mile from the centre of a European capital, but once you get into it, it feels incredibly remote.

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You are by the sea as well and early mornings, or in the evening, you get stunning views over lunar sandscapes and seascapes, weird textures and colours you don't see anywhere else - some of the colours are no doubt connected to pollution of some form. You also get the kind of huge skies you never get in a city centre, and you walk on sand, soil and stone.

But this is not pretty nature, or even natural nature. You don't associate it with birdsong and flowers. This is harsher nature, and growing up through it is an equally harsh post-industrial landscape.

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