Dublin city has so many different types of lamp posts and lights, both new and historical, and they are a feature on many of Dublin's streets. One estimate puts the number of lampposts in the city at 32,000. There’s an interesting history behind the Dublin lampposts too. They have been with us since the 1600's when a law called the “Candle Light Law” was passed compelling every fifth house to display a light within certain hours of the night for the guidance of street-users.
Today, the Dublin lamp post has become nearly as iconic as the Georgian Dublin door. Some of the most noticeable and iconic lamp posts can be seen on O’Connell Bridge and around Stephen’s Green, but there are other beautiful and unique ones throughout the city. On Baggot street for example, there is the beautiful double lamp post which can be seen in the shot below. The beautiful curved post with the shamrock motif is from a street in Ranelagh.
Over the years, as a photographer, I’ve been somewhat obsessed with taking pictures of the Dublin lamp posts. They are a fascinating subject and I’ve collected quite a library of them. Below is just a small example. The next time you’re taking a stroll around the city, remember to look up and see that what lights the way at night is sometimes also a work of art and a piece of history.
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