Sarsfield wrote:I noticed on the way home this evening that number 29 (Martins Butchers at the corner of Catherine's Lane) is cordoned off and a very large skip is sitting outside the building. Is something due to happen there or is the building just falling down?
I saw that skip too. I think it may be just a bit of renovation, there was a shoot from one of the upper floor windows when I went by. The building has looked vacant for a good while now, I think the butchers has been closed for at least three or four years.
On an unrelated matter, did anyone notice the article in the Irish Times on Saturday indicating that an announcement about the probable closure and re-location of all, or most, of the Guinness operation is imminent? It mentions that the '. . determination of Irish Rail to tunnel under the brewery to build an interconnector between Heuston and Connolly stations . . has influenced the decision'. 'Diageo intends to establish a new brewery on a greenfield site at Grange Castle near Clondalkin'
! The new facility would replace not only James's Gate, but also the Harp plant in Dundalk and the Smithwick's brewery in Kilkenny as well.
The Guinness holding in Dublin is vast and as it sits between the 'Heuston high rise cluster' and the 'Digital Hub' / 'Knowledge Axis potential location for high rise cluster', you suspect that the model makers will be buying in bulk supplies of balsa wood and perspex.
On a serious note, if this was any other city in the world, the presentation of an urban challenge / opportunity like this would immediatly result in the commissioning of an architectural competition to develop a master plan to ensure that full advantage is taken of a once in a hundred years
opportunity like this. Personally, I hope that whatever emerges in the coming months, Diageo are persuaded to retain a meaningful Guinness presence on their core site on the south side of James Street. 250 years of heritage can't just be replaced by a visitor centre.
Sorry about the poor graphics on the map.