Moonrider is an art installation and cafe offering unique panoramic views of Finglas and providing refreshments.
‘Moonrider - Cafe in the Sky’, a unique piece of public art by internationally renowned Japanese artist Tatsurou Bashi is a fully operational café housed in a converted site cabin on Mellowes Road in Finglas.
The café is suspended from a crane which rises to a height of 30 metres over the north Dublin suburb allowing patrons to enjoy panoramic views of the city while enjoying some café refreshments. The café has a capacity to hold ten to twelve people and each visit lasts approximately 30 minutes.
Samantha McCann from O'Brien's Irish Sandwich Bar is not afraid of heights and is enjoying working in the unusual café.
It’s absolutely brilliant, you can see all over Finglas, it’s really good.
The temporary piece of art, part of the ARC project, is jointly commissioned by Dublin City Council and Fingal County Council. Dublin City Arts Officer Jack Gilligan says Bashi was particularly keen on Finglas and he wanted to make a connection between Dublin city centre and the Finglas area.
He somehow got a sense of the area, that there was a lot more to Finglas than maybe many people realised and he wanted people to see it from a different angle.
Speaking through an interpreter Tatsurou Bashi says he likes Finglas village because of the amount of green space in the area, and hopes that people all over Dublin will travel to see his work.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 7 April 2004. The reporter is Sinéad Crowley.