Very much so. In its own little time warp.
Lynam's are flying the flag for planning compliance as ever
It matches the Carlton extravaganza further up the street rather nicely (at least their not being able to spell their own name correctly backfires somewhat).
I took a peek inside Funland when passing by today, located in the townhouse at No. 67 Upper O'Connell Street, of Come in and Visit
fame. Funland are a veritable institution of O'Connell Street at this stage, featuring in photographs as far back as the 1980s if I remember correctly.
One of the benefits of the multiple-occupancy, transient budget uses in many of these buildings is that you can gain free public access to their upper floors, provided you enter armed with a credible backup excuse and a suitably deadpan expression.
In the case of the above No. 67, extraordinarily, the 18th century townhouse staircase of c. 1754-55 survivies almost perfectly intact running up along the left-hand side of the building! What is particularly remarkable is its quality for what was a relatively modest house on Sackville Mall, with heavily carved timber tread-ends (the swoopy bracket details at the end of each tread) as well as a more typical robust and heavy balustrade characteristic of the period. The balustrade of the first half flight has been replaced with a 1970s-style spindly steel number, but the steps themselves are probably the originals. After that it's full-on Georgian.
Furthermore, the plasterwork of the original entrance hall can still be seen along the top of the wall, in the form of a broad frieze with neo-classical swag detail and cornice! It's absolutely bizarre to observe! It appears to date to the late 18th century, which in itself gives an interesting insight into the the relative fashionability of the Mall by that late stage. Even more bizarre is a whole section of ceiling in the ground floor shop which hasn't been covered over by suspended panels, which features an extraordinary expanse of Jacobean-like stuccowork, which surely must date to a late Victorian or Edwardian commercial remodelling of the ground floor. Looking at the previously posted pictures of the corner block, this possibility ties in nicely with an ambitious c. 1860s makeover.
The two first floor windows were later replaced with a single timber oriel spanning both bays, setting the precedent for the current 1970s picture window.
Meanwhile, Georgian windows with later fitted plate glass survive to the curiously shaped rear.
A most interesting building, to which Christine Casey makes no reference (though of course not everything can feature). She does mention that the original staircase and some panelling survives inside Lynam's Hotel, in spite of most of everything else being ripped out in 1995. Maybe I'll book one of those €69 rooms...