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Harvey’s Quay


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  • Harvey’s Quay is named after Reuben Harvey, who constructed a portion of the quay. The other portion – formerly known as Fisher’s Quay – was constructed by James Fisher.
  • In the late 19th century, a jetty on this quay became known as Poor Man’s Kilkee, because those who could not afford the train fare to the seaside resort of Kilkee would go to the mudflats at low tide and bathe in the Shannon.
  • This site was one of a number of city centre locations for Regina Corcoran’s (Ireland) work Alternative Gardens – an urban nature trail (2005), which guided people to locations where weeds were naturally occurring in the urban environment.
  • The artist described her intentions to ‘explore fracture points where nature and civilisation collide and overlap within the urban environment’. The work was designed to encourage ‘people to question their perception of value and order’ and ‘explore the potential of alternatives offered by a world largely disregarded as something quite separate to the human condition’.

Artwork presented at this venue

Regina Corcoran, Alternative Gardens – an urban nature trail, 2005.