Bullock harbor is one of the gems of the Dublin coastline. A small hidden harbor steeped in history it has been a place of introspection, delight, romance and inspiration for locals and visitors from home and abroad for centuries.
Until now all development in the surrounding area has been low key small scale and sensitive.
Enter Richard Barrett, the arrogant one of Treasure Holdings infamy.
Sensing the emergence of Celtic Bubble Cat mark 2, and with all the sensitivity of a charging Rhinoceros he is attempting, through his company Bartra Capital to destroy the harbor and its environs.
Here is a link to an Irish Times article on the matter: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/envir...ment-1.2936357
And from another article from David Monagan who managed to get this on the Forbes site.
Super intelligent Barrett, side kick Johnny Ronan and their adventures:
Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidmon.../#701dc9c7115fThe developers who reigned over Ireland’s hyper-inflated property boom have been fleeing their supercalifragilisticexpialidocious debts and even their homeland for some time. Now the most daring duo of the Celtic Tiger, the Irish Jesse James and Billy the Kid, are tossing a centerpiece of their global empire of Treasury Holdings – self-valued at 4.6 billion euros--into liquidation the way the next guy might close down a pub.
Like in the case of the monstrous incinerator in the center of Dublin.....the people can object all they like. They can protest 'till they are blue in the face. Their local elected representatives can vote against it 'till the cows come home, but the charging Rhinoceros of greed will not be stopped.
Bullock is steeped in history. The Brandy Hole, used by smugglers in years gone by. The spikes driven into the granite, an echo through time of the hard hard work which gave hard Dalkey stone to build Cobh Cathedral, part off the Thames Embankment, the North and South Liffey Walls and much else. It holds a place in my heart as forebears of mine lived in one of the now demolished cottages on the Quay.
Some years ago I did a video pointing out just two of the interesting remains of the ancient Bullock harbor........brace yourselves....here it is:
And as if that was not enough..... the Bullock Octopus:
Joking aside, over the years I have shown very many visitors to Dublin the Dublin gem which is Bullock harbor. They have without exception been enchanted by it. It is an historic, still working harbor. We should tell its storied history, we should show it as it is, show it in all its moods, not sanitized, not gentrified, not the play thing of the rich.
There is a pier in DunLaoghaire harbor where we fished as kids. If there are any fish still there (unlikely) no one can fish for them. It is now private, part of a boat yard. So will go Bullock Harbor. The history will be forgotten, the locals displaced, the visitors ignored by a snooty elite from behind high security gates and those Irish who imposed this will be far away, unconcerned, thinking themselves o so clever as they entertain their guests on their yacht in the sun.
From this article:"I am disgusted to my core that anyone can dare to demolish this beautiful and precious landmark.
"How dare you destroy history for a quick buck. How dare you rampage over our lives with your greed.
"I plan to camp out to stop this monstrosity and any more destruction of our beautiful places. We have a few left, a few.[
More on the history of Bullock: http://www.dalkeyhomepage.ie/bullockages.html
“Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you've got till it's gone.”
― Joni Mitchell