Greetings all from Winnipeg, in the middle of Canada.
I've been looking at this site for a few days and finally decided to join it. I came across it thanks to Google, where I was looking for historic pictures of Dublin in general, and O'Connell Street in particular.
I am not an architect, sorry; I'm actually a lawyer. However, I was a History major in University, and I do appreciate old buildings. I studied Modern History including Irish History, especially with respect to Easter 1916 and the events of 1922. I minored in English, and did read Ulysses, which is, after all a book about Dublin's buildings, among other things.
My then- wife and I honeymooned in Dublin in 1989, because we wanted to go somewhere that wasn't so touristy and had a tremendous amount of history besides, and since we both had Irish in our backgrounds (hers from County Tipperary, mine from County Armagh), Dublin seemed like a logical choice, especially as the city had celebrated its Millenium the year before. We were in the city for two out of three weeks, the first spent at the Dergvale Hotel on Gardiner Place, the third at Kelly's Hotel on Great Georges Street. We had to leave during the second week due to lack of accomodations because of the football final, and since Cork was playing Mayo, we decided to spend a few days in Cork, and then made a side trip to Liverpool.
What struck us was that so much history was present in Dublin within easy walking distance, and what couldn't be walked to was easy to get to because of the presence of very easy transportation routes, such as the Guinness Brewery at St. James' Gate, Kilmainham Gaol, and Joyce's Martello Tower down in Dun Laoghaire. It was easy enough for us to do our own Ulysses tour as well as see the 1916 sites, and we found everyone to be very friendly.
Someday soon, I want to get back there; although I have spotted little differences, especially on the O'Connell Street thread, things look pretty much the same today as they were 20 years ago, still lots of beautiful historic buildings.