Yes, there has been quite the frisson in the city over the past number of days. The helicopters circulating overhead 24/7 (including the one I can hear over Farmleigh at the moment) serving as a constant reminder of the week’s events.
During The Queen’s visit to Trinity on Tuesday, we got a taster for what College Green could be like as a civilised public space, stripped of its traffic.
Quite the carnival atmosphere, in spite of the not inconspicuous contingent of Garda.
The occasional shot often showcases the most unlikely of elements – in this case the West Front’s exquisite keystone over the arch. Such grace.
It was wonderful to see the river of pedestrians flowing down Andrew Street – usually one of the most hostile streets in the city.
As an added bonus, all of the nasty Hartecast bins in the city were removed last week.
Over at the Castle, a vast broadcast media stand was erected on the Dubh Linn garden, which in the end was considerably underused. The lower level wasn’t even occupied at any stage over the past number of days.
While the upper level wasn't particularly busy either.