At the opposite end of the street, at its entrance, sadly we encounter a typical example of the lack of quality aspired to in Dublin city centre on the part of Dublin City Council. A small detail, but an important one, it involves the most iconic street sign in the State.
Extraordinarily, the perfectly sound, elegant metal plate with 'O'Connell St. Lower' lettering, beautiful Irish script and border all cast in high relief, sited on this corner building for at least the past twenty years, has just been pasted over with a horribly cheap flimsy piece of junk with garish italicised Irish double the size of the supposedly dominant English.
The former sign was the quality of the surviving Bachelors Walk sign around the corner - itself also poorly maintained.
Who comes up with this muck, and more importantly, who signs off on its ham-fisted attachment over an existing sign, never mind a larger one?! It just defies reason.
The new Irish is significantly different to that of the former (rather hidden) sign, suggesting this was the reason for replacement. But even if the Irish was antiquated, it still deserved retention as a prominent example of the evolving official use of the language and the heritage of the street. Either way, the crassness of the new design and its preposterous mounting is the real issue here, and typifies the lack of commitment to quality in Dublin's public domain.
Can you just imagine the same treatment by City of Westminster Council? One thinks not.