There just appears to be a complete blackout of information on this station.
Poor old Pearse, its never been cared for.
Its always Heuston this, Heuston that, even Connolly gets the odd mention, but poor old Pearse, once a major terminus, now just a quick stop-off point, it never even gets a look-in.
Which is a pity, not just because of the amount of people who use it, but unlike other Dublin stations where one is rushed from a modern terminal onto a train, in Pearse you actually wait in the original building and are able to appreciate it's architecture, not least the barrel vaulted ceiling which appears to be the only one in Dublin if not in the country.
It's just a shame the appalling state of the place, esp considering it was supposedly 'redeveloped' in 1996.
Indeed such is the dated state of the place that RTE purposely shot part of their 'No Tears' drama here, which was part set in 1976, because it hasn't changed since then!
The worst part is it's entrance with all that ghastly orange and cream plastic cladding, and those horrible plasticy metally strips on the ceiling, broken up with floresent tubes.
And yet there are cast iron columns reaching up to the ceiling in places, and in one area you can just see the tail end of a wonderful Victorian decorative bracket peeking through, imagine how magnificent this place could look with all the tat stripped back, the original structure revealed and contrasted with some snazzy, hardwearing modern furniture and ticket machines etc.
The lighting inside the main station is appalling, the usual Iarnrod murky orange lights casting their gloominess everywhere, and the outside facade should also be illuminated, along with Spar's flat roof removed.
The whole interior needs to be gutted, platforms relaid, new layout and facilities hugely improved. This has been proposed since the mid 90s and there's been no movement on it.
But at the same time I don't want to see anything done - there's so much potential here for fantastic redesigning and restoration, yet judging by the mess of Connolly, I don't want Iarnrod Eireann to touch it with a bargepole!
They're sure to make a bags of it - with nasty low maintance silver cladding, unfinished looking walls, tarnishing steel furniture, intrusive unsightly floolights etc.
It needs expert attention from experts of restoration and development, not experts in the field of delayed, manky trains, surly staff and overcrowded services.