Rialto is bounded to the east and north by The Liberties, St. James's Hospital and an original section of the Grand Canal stretching from Suir Bridge to James Street Basin, which was built for freight transport to and from the nearby Guinness brewery at St. James's Gate. This original section of the Grand Canal, disused since 1976, preceded an extension of the canal to Grand Canal Dock which today defines the district's southern and eastern edges.

Rialto Bridge spans the original and disused portion of the Grand Canal which now forms part of the Luas Red Line.

St James's Walk overlooks this former spur of the canal, which led to the city basin.

Rialto is located within Dublin's canal ring and at the western end of Dublin's South Circular Road, placing the area within walking distance of Dublin city centre and one of Ireland's main railway stations at Dublin Heuston.

The original portion of the Grand Canal running along the northern edge of Rialto and Fatima has in recent decades been repurposed as the Luas Red Line route connecting Dublin's Docklands at The Point and the city's southwestern suburbs at Tallaght. Rialto Luas stop is located a short distance from the Rialto Bridge and serves Rialto as well as the neighbouring district of Kilmainham and the site of the new National Children's Hospital.

The area is served by multiple Dublin Bus routes connecting with Dublin city centre and destinations such as University College Dublin and Blackrock in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown and Greenogue in South Dublin.

St James Walk/Colbert Fort is a small triangular area in Rialto with surrounding areas including the Grand Canal and the Poodle river.

In the year 1915 there was two expressions of interest in this site. There wasn't any objections towards building on the site as the Corporation did already own the site, it was agreed that the housing would be extremely useful.

After 1916, the site was auctioned off and the winning bid was from Mr Alexander Hull. Building was due to be complete in just nine months. Unfortunately due to many different problems such as the plan to widen the road, lack of men and materials and on top of that a strike ran by the craftsmen the project was not complete in the time frame given. After many setbacks the housing was handed over to the Corporation on the 21st March 1921. The naming of the streets was carried out with the intention of showing respect towards those who had fought during the 1916 rebellion. St James's Walk then became Colbert's Fort; the streets commemorated Malin, Clarke and MacCarthy. Many of the houses on Colbert's Fort are still standing today and add some intrigue onto the area.


This sculpture, located on the roundabout in what is now known as Rialto Village, was commissioned by the residents of Rialto. It depicts a figure enveloped by two fish.


Back in the 1970s and 1980s when I worked nearby Fatima Mansions was an area that I avoided at all costs and old habits die hard so I am still inclined to avoid the area. However, I am not sure how it happened but I arrived at the Fatima Tram Stop.

Fatima Mansions is an extensive public housing complex located in Rialto, Dublin. In the early 21st century, it underwent a substantial urban renewal programme with the assistance of public and private funding. All existing apartment blocks were demolished to make way for 600 accommodation units, consisting of social, affordable and private housing along with community, business and leisure facilities at a cost of €200 million. The blocks have since been renamed Herberton Apartments, but the area is still referred to locally as Fatima, which is the name of the adjacent Luas Red Line tram stop.

Work on the original complex started before World War II under the direction of Dublin Corporation (now Dublin City Council) but construction was held up due to material shortages. The first phase of construction was finally completed after the war and the first tenants began to move in in 1947: the development consisted of fifteen blocks, each of four floors in height. They replaced tenement housing for the area's working-class residents, and provided a great improvement in living conditions. In the mid 1980s the area became notorious for its high levels of heroin use and drug dealing, which eventually led to the original complex's demolition due to the drug problem's severity.


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