O' Connell Street, Dublin

Postby d_d_dallas » Fri Nov 21, 2003 12:45 pm

Totally offensive. There was some perma marker initials in black on it too - but I assume DCC took care of that one.
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Postby Peter Fitz » Fri Nov 21, 2003 12:50 pm

any news on the lights ? maybe LED's just don't do that well 120m up ...
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Postby phil » Fri Nov 21, 2003 3:49 pm

Just went and had a look at the spire up close. There is peice of graffiti on the side simply saying "TOTEM"!!
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Postby GrahamH » Mon Nov 24, 2003 12:30 pm

The LEDs are to be mended today (Monday)

Has to be done before dark because an unlit Spike constitutes an aviation hazard apparently.
So to save time they're not taking the original lighting down (which would take 3 hours) but instead, putting up 'spare' lighting to be used instead of the originals which are to be left in situ.

What an unholy mess.

At least they workers showed up on time - saw them working on it this morning at 9.15.
They're dealing with the problem exclusively from the base - going up wasn't an option.
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Postby GregF » Mon Nov 24, 2003 1:05 pm

Pity the GPO plaza was'nt paved in time for this Christmas ....the Christmas tree and crib is rather lost up near the Father Matthew statue side of the street. (What a shite end of the street too .....nothing here bar Father Matthew and the Sacred Heart statues up to Parnell. We need more statues and sculptures here....to make the street interesting. How about a statue to Wolfe Tone, etc....in a fanciful neo baroque style)
Let's hope that next year all will be working fine and they get a celebrity gimp to turn on the Christmas lights as they do in all other major cities.
That Spire is a disappointment too ...a great concept and landmark for the city etc...but very poorly executed as has been seen.
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Postby GrahamH » Mon Nov 24, 2003 6:14 pm

The tree lights went on this afternoon - the usual silly looking vertical strings stretched from top to bottom like they're trying to strangle the tree. Grafton St has the same treatment.

I see Gladstone's been unwrapped from his binliner wrappings - looking decidedly refreshed after his long break encased in sheets of chipboard whilst the excavations were underway. He needs a good clean now.

Poor old Fr Matthew has had the tops of all his fingers chopped off - prob been like this for some time.
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Postby GregF » Mon Dec 15, 2003 12:18 pm

See the Spire is alight again with a festive orange glow....aka sodium street lamp......Seems a bit dull too compared to it's previous white light.
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Postby Andrew Duffy » Mon Dec 15, 2003 2:04 pm

Yeah, what is going on there? The new lights look crap. Are they permanent?
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Postby Rory W » Mon Dec 15, 2003 5:50 pm

Who put in the 40 watt bulb?
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Postby GrahamH » Wed Dec 17, 2003 2:04 pm

NEWS FLASH!

The first of the new lime trees are being planted on the street this morning!
It's so weird to see them in 'real life' at last.

There's just the four going in at the moment, at either side of the plaza, framing the GPO. They're being craned in, as they must weigh a ton not least because of their massive rootballs.
They are also quite mature - probably 6/7 years old. The canopies are already clipped into box shapes but they still need a lot of filling out.

One of the bizarre aspects of them is their lack of leaves, because they look great without them! They're very architectural and striking, and will change the street completely from summer to winter. And perfect for Christmas lights!

They instantly add character and definition to the street, and make the place feel more confident and civic etc.
They'll look fantastic when all are planted, sweeping the whole way down the street.

Here's hoping their planting will convince the CC to finally put the old ladies at the northern end to rest.
Or without the sugar - hack em down with a chainsaw.
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Postby GregF » Wed Dec 17, 2003 2:26 pm

I saw them early this morning, ....looked good despite being leafless. The whole stretch of plaza in front of the GPO is nearly finished as well....looks great too.
O'Connell street will look brilliant when finished!
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Postby Devin » Thu Dec 18, 2003 12:30 am

Speaking of the shite Father Mathew statue end of the street, what about the 'Taxi Driver's Shrine' restored (in 2001 says the plaque) with a PVC window!!
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Postby Morlan » Thu Dec 18, 2003 11:21 am

What's the story with the Spire? I've been away for 6 months and it looked shite last time, but then it had it's new lights? Are the newer lights even shiter?
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Postby what? » Thu Dec 18, 2003 11:49 am

the new cube trees are a wonderful symbol of mans contemt for nature.
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Postby GregF » Thu Dec 18, 2003 12:02 pm

Originally posted by what?
the new cube trees are a wonderful symbol of mans contemt for nature.


No way man.....The new cubed trees are a symbol of man's control of nature within a civic environment as what it was from the dawn of civilization. Parterres, topiaries, manicured lawns, bedding containers etc......
If ye want natural go out into the countryside!

(Get those weeds outta yer garden too!)
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Postby what? » Thu Dec 18, 2003 12:23 pm

i wasnt being sarcastic, i think they are great. i think its a nice aknowledgement of the fact that these trees have just been placed in the plaza because we wanted them to be there. architectural morals and all that. i hate the countryside wheres the rigor?
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Postby GregF » Thu Dec 18, 2003 12:27 pm

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Postby StephenC » Fri Dec 19, 2003 12:16 am

The trees will look great won't they... a really dramatic change to the street. You can alos get an idea of just how far the new paving will extend out on the sides down at Abbey St. one other thing is floodlighting and pavement recessed lighting.... I havent seen any indication that this is being allowed for. Thats a pity. I think the statues on the street would benefit from some nightime ilumination.
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Postby GrahamH » Fri Dec 19, 2003 9:10 pm

Noticed this today too - one would have thought lighting would be sunken into the regular pattern of the plaza.
Hopefully the statues can still be lit - such lighting is naerly always placed on the back of street lighting - like the light illuminating the top of Parnell's monument.

There's a new pedestrian crossing going in at Penneys which will link to Clerys at the other side, which is welcome.
And those chromed traffic signals look great - these should have been installed years ago.
The little mini signals on the same posts are fun.
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Postby Morlan » Mon Dec 29, 2003 2:18 pm

Just came back to Dublin for Christmas and can I just say that the street looks absolutely shite.. And the lights on the top of the spire are so dull compared to before. Is there any hope left?
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Postby Peter Fitz » Mon Dec 29, 2003 2:49 pm

the street is a construction site, you can hardly judge from that ?
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Postby PVC King » Mon Dec 29, 2003 3:53 pm

I agree, a little more patience is required. In comparison to five years ago O'Connell St is coming on great.
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Postby GrahamH » Mon Dec 29, 2003 7:53 pm

Agreed - although yes, the Spire lighting looks woeful.
Have they shoved a sodium streetlight up there or something?
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Postby GrahamH » Thu Jan 01, 2004 8:20 pm

1st January 2004

Well its finally made it, O' Connell Street's derelict site is 25 years old this year, a gaping wound in the capital's main thoroughfare for a quarter of a century.
Congratulations to all involved - the old Corpo, the new City Council, the site owners - you must all be chuffed to bits.

We should hold some sort of celebration in September to mark the occasion - any suggestions welcome.
We can send them to the CC, see if they're interested in joining in - might even provide some funding for crisps and nibbles.

Whatever about the previous 20 years and not enacting the Derelict Sites Act, for the CC to renege on the develpment of this site after the IAP, with all the messing around with Treasury Holdings and others is just disgraceful.
Next month the IAP will have been published for 6 years, and still there hasn't been a sod turned on either the Carlton or the derelict site.
At least they had the cop-on to clean the Carlton's facade and to erect scaffolding over the site - something at least.

Forget this country's inability to handle major infrastructure projects - it can't even handle this!
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Postby PVC King » Thu Jan 01, 2004 8:23 pm

What was the name of the bar on Moore St?
The scruffy looking one at the Parnell st end that was used to hold up the Carlton development for about three years.

A party with Pavorotti would be good!!!

You could also contact the heritage council for a grant I am sure it would be an event of 'gombeen cultural significance'

If all else fails you could always hijack a critical mass gathering
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