Dublin crane count falls by three to 43 at start of August

Most of city’s cranes concentrated in south docklands and along Grand Canal

Forty-three construction cranes were visible over the centre of Dublin on August 1st from the seventh floor of The Irish Times building on Tara Street.

This is a fall of three – or 6.5 per cent – on the previous month’s total of 46.

Seven cranes were located north of the river Liffey – unchanged on last month – while the remaining 36, down three on the month, were concentrated in the south docklands and along the Grand Canal.

Bolands Quay

Next month should see even more building work starting in the south docklands as the Bolands Quay scheme on the former Bolands Mills site at Grand Canal Dock is due to enter the construction phase now that site clearance is almost complete.


Boland’s Quay will include three new landmark buildings, with the tallest rising to 53m. There will also be a 15-storey apartment block rising to 47.8m and a 13-storey office block topping out at 49m.

With the economy expected to continue its recovery this year and a number of significant developments due to enter the construction phase shortly, it’s likely the number of cranes on Dublin’s skyline will increase.

The Irish Times will be conducting a crane survey once a month to track construction levels in the city.