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Gas Lamps

Gas Lamps

The Phoenix Park was one of the first places in Dublin to use gas lighting and each individual lamp was lit by a lamplighter at dusk . The lamps were later converted to electricity. However, recently, gas lighting was reintroduced into the park. The gas lamps now light automatically and line the main park thoroughfare, Chesterfield Avenue.


Irish writer James Joyce, refers to the gas lamps and the lamplighters of the Phoenix Park in his novel, Finnegan's Wake. 

        "But who comes yond with pire on poletop? He who relights

          our spearing torch,the moon."