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    The Spire of Dublin
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    Dublins Spire
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    Millenium Spire

    by lina112 Updated Apr 3, 2009

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    The Dublin Spire is located at the center of Ireland's Capital city & is 120 metres high.
    It is built on the same central area of O'Connell Street which was previously occupied by Nelson's Pillar until 1966.

    Originally planned as part of Dublin city's Millennium celebrations, the construction was initially postponed by a legal challenge & after work commenced, high winds also proved to be a delaying factor.
    Made with polished stainless steel tubes (totaling 126 tons), the Spire was completed using the largest crane ever operated in Ireland on January 21st 2003. The local wags have already re-named it - The Spike.

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    The Spire of Dublin

    by littlesam1 Written Mar 26, 2009

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    The Spire of Dublin is a large stainless steel monument standing 379 feet tall. It located in the middle of O'Connell Street. The Spire was built as part of the renovation of O'Connell Street in 2002. It is also known as the Monument of Light. If you get lost just look up for the giant spire and you should be able to find your way around the area.

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    Spire of Dublin

    by Goner Written Nov 26, 2008

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    Dublins Spire

    When you see a sharp pointed spire pushing up into the sky, you've found the Spire of Dublin. You will see it on O'Connell Street at the hub of the city center shopping area.

    It was erected to replace Nelson's pillar that was blown up in 1966. It was erected between 12/02 and 1/03 the result of a winning entry in an architecural competition. It's made of stainless steel, rises 120 meters tall (the tallest structure in Dublin City Center) and is lit at the top section by small LEDS.

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    The Spire of Dublin

    by call_me_rhia Written Aug 16, 2008

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    spire, at dusk

    The Spire of Dublin is a newish addition to the city, it certainly wasn't there when i used to live in Dublin. This spire is not a spire, it's a 120 metres high pin in the middle of O'connel street - which changes colour according to the light of the day. At dusk, it's pinkish/purple. The place where it stands is the site were the former Nelson Pillar once was... before the IRA blew it up in 1966.

    This pillar/spire has a special meaning to me... My first visit to Dublin was in 1986 and I will always remember this trip, the first one I took without my family, as the goofy trip... Or else, how to visit a place without any research. my friend had an old guibook with her - I had nothing, so we went by the book. I spent my entire Dublin stay looking for the famed Nelson column, failing to find it - it was not fun. I did not know it had been blown up 20 years earlier! Very old guidebook.

    Returning to Dublin in 2008, after an absence of 15 years, I was quite happy to see something standing there - where the column had once stood. At least I knew that during my first visit I had been looking in the right place. Lesson learned, btw - I never left home without researching my destination.

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    THE SPIRE.

    by cazz38 Written Aug 22, 2005

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    The Spire.

    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.

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    The Spire

    by elcolibri Written May 28, 2005

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    Dublin Spire

    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.

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