Millennium Spire, Dublin
A lot of people here have listed the names of the spike - the erection at the intersection, the stiffy by the liffey, etc.. but few have mentioned why. The reason is that first a small water feature was built with a bronze lady lying in a long pool, representing the river goddess of the Liffey, Ana Livia. Someone eventually came up with the name "the whore in the sewer" to express their displeasure. Shortly after, a statue of Molly Malone was put up, and some wag dubber her "the tart with the cart". Ever since then, every new statue in Dublin gets a similar name, and at this point, everyone wants to be a winner, so there are 50 competing names and no general agreement anymore.
Why not have a tour to locate them all on yoru next stag night out?
Everyone seems to have an opinion, but as a tourist, I found this 393 foot spike a handy landmark that helped me get myself back to O'Connell Street more than once. The Dublin Spire is known as the "Millenium Spike," but it was erected on Irish time--2003. Its nicknames include "the pole in the hole," "the stiletto in the ghetto," "the erection at the intersection," "the stiffy by the Liffey," "the rod to God," etc.
I had heard quite much about the Millenium Spire even before I got to Dublin, and it was fun to see it. But... for some reason I only feel pain when I see it, probably thinking about a needle at the doctor's place.
The Dublin spire is 120 meters tall, and three meters wide at the bottom. 15 centimeters wide at the top. In the night it's supposed to be lighten up, so you can see it even clearer than during the day.
I doubt that, since I didn't see it at all in the night. Could be that I had had one or two bulmers too many though... ;)
I normally never find any monuments awful, but the Dublin Spire really wasn't anything to tell the folks back home about. First thing that irritates me is that it was built for the millenium, but then was delayed until 2003.
Sure, I arrive too late all the time, but three years...?
Then it's built in the middle of O'Connell Street, which for me is a very classical avenue, which makes this modern crap look very "out of place".
And then, what on earth is it...?? What is it used for? Does anyone like it?
The Dublin Spire is one hundred and twenty metres tall, making it the tallest structure in Ireland. It is three metres wide at the base and tapers to a 15 centimetres wide beacon at the top. The top section is perforated and lit by small lights. Affectinately called the Nail in the Pail. The pail is the name given to Dublin. During the viking times when Dublin was surrounded by a wall. Inside the wall was know as the pail. To this day the name is still used. The Spire was desigend for the year 2000 but did was not completed unitl the year 2003. ..I have heard that the first person who throws a bike tyre over the top wins a prize... maybe they can demolish it...O Connell street is also filled with statues commemorating many Irish Heros. Daniel O Connell "The Librator" the street was named after. "Parnell" another great hero and "Big Jim Larkin" the labour leader. See my famous Irish people page for more information on the above.
I have been waiting for something interesting like this all my life LOL ... actually (no offense intended to any proud Dubliners) it is the stupidest capital city 'monument' I have ever seen .... oh well, maybe it is used to attract the lightning? I don't really know.
A useless fact about this useless structure is that it is 120m tall ... and no, it cannot be seen from space ... maybe it is an antenna picking up alien conversation from beyond?? Well, beats me. Too much booze running around in this city is making the people enjoy some really weird things :-)
Well it's a big spire, not much else to say really.
It can be quite helpful for navigation if your hotel is near it. Apparently it is supposed to be a giant knitting needle on tribute to the Arran sweater. But I'm not sure how true that is.
You can find the Spire in O'Connell street.Its one of Dublins newest monuments,It was erected between december 2002 and january 2003 It replaces Nelsons Pillar which was blown up in 1966.It is the tallest structure in Dublin and measures one hundred and twenty metres tall and It is three metres wide at the base and tapers to a 15 centimentre wide at the top. The top section is perforated and lit by small leds.
The Spire is 393 St high and is the tallest momument in Dublin by far. It was supposed to be up for the year 2000, but ended up being finished in 2003.
It does look impressive, but looks out of place among the older blocks of O'Connell Str. It has a light on top at night that will always direct you to O'Connell Str. On our sightseeing tour the driver called it the "Stilletto in the ghetto".
The Dublin Spire was erected between December 2002 and January 2003 as a replacement for Nelson's Pillar which was blown up in 1966. The Dublin Spire is one hundred and twenty metres tall, being by far the tallest structure in Dublin city centre. It is three metres wide at the base and tapers to a 15 centimentre wide beacon at the top. The top section is perforated and lit by small LEDs.
The Dublin Spire, or the 'Spike' as it now more commonly know, is the newest addition to the Dublin skyline. It was commisioned to mark the millenium celebrations in the city, but it in reality it was not completed until early 2003. It stands on the old site of Nelsons Pillar which was famously blown up by the IRA. It has however become a major argument amongst Dubliners as to whether it is a worthy addition to the cityscape. The Spire stands 120 metres tall and is the largest sculpture in the world. It is to be the centre of the new O'Connell Street redevelopment, which aims at reshaping the famous street, and making it into more of a boulevard style, a la Champes Elysee.
The Millenium Spire is located slap bang in the middle of O Connell Street., with Henry St to your left and North Earl Street to your right, it is in the centre and visible from everywhere.
Ive not yet spoken to a Dubliner who actually likes it!!! All my family and friends think that its awful and call it the spike (among other things Lol!)
It is made from Stainless Steel plate and stands at 120 metres high! If you look up from the base its difficult to see the top without toppling over!
It is supposedly a monument of light and reflects the climate, it sway in the wind!
The Monument of Light, aka the Millenium Spire is a 120m tall spire that looks a lot like a sewing needle.
It was originally planned to be constructed in time for New Years Eve 1999, but was delayed and wasn't finished till January 2003.
Located in the centre of O'Connell Street, is a very impressive, though totally unexpected sight!!!
Hard to get a good photo of it though...
The Millennium Spire (or Monument of Light) is probably more suited into the “impossible to miss” category than in the “must see” one. Its 120 meters are visible from almost every corner of the city. Apart from been absurdly tall, I cannot think in any other interesting feature of this… mmmm, monument ;-)
Not that it really is a Must-See, but here it is anyway: Dublin’s Millennium Spire. Yes, I know, we had the millennium two years ago already, but the Irish are not so fussy about punctuality, according to their saying “When God created time he made enough of it”. And looking at Ireland’s highest structure (120 m) now it seems we did not really miss out on anything, in the last two years either. The Spire has already been given several nicknames like “Stiletto in the Ghetto”, “Spire in the Mire”, “Stiffy by the Liffey” or “Filler for the Pillar”, this last one coming from Nelson’s Pillar, which used to adorn this particular spot on O’Connell Street before the IRA blew it up in 1966.