Is there an identifiable vernacular style in Ireland's sporting architecture?
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ISH wrote:.....Is there an identifiable vernacular style in Ireland's sporting architecture?
Well in my time, the traditional football Dressing Room facilities were heavily inspired by freight container design.::o
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Handball alleys would have been every bit as undesigned, but more interesting from a scale and often a streetscape point of view.
I recall a great little cartoon in L'Ã©quipe around the time that Ireland beat France 1 - nill [with a Liam Brady goal] in a world cup qualifier [when they had the likes of Platini and Rocheteau etc.], depicting the French rugby coach [some pocket-sized Nepoleonic type] who had just master minded beating us in rugby - again - a week or so later at the same venue. The rugby coach is shown taking the soccer coach by the hand and bringing him down to Lansdowne Road with the caption 'I'll show you how it's done' - or something similar in French. Lansdowne Road was rather accurately depicted as a miserable little recangular arena with two unequal shed roofs facing each other. This would have been at the time that France had developed the new Parc des Princes stadium, predecessor to the even more magnificent Stad Francais.
p.s. the cartoon must have been reprinted in the Irish Times, one doesn't buy L'Ã©quipe after a large French win.
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The terracing of Dalymount Park was designed in the 1940s/50s by Archibald Leitch - the preeminent stadium architect in Britain at the time. Whilst tragically the Stadium is falling down on itself these days, the Connaught St terrace still has one of the finest sightlines I've ever come across from which to watch a game.
I recall a college lecturer back in the day reeling out regularly the old quip that along with the Round Tower, the Handball Alley is one of our only unique contributions to world architecture..
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