Bridges & Boardwalks

Bridges & Boardwalks

Postby StephenC » Wed Jul 09, 2003 11:32 am

I see the CC got around to replacing all the broken LEDs along the centre of the Millennium Bridge...well done lads! Those in the pavements either side are still missing though.

And the Boardwalk cafes seem to have moved...will repositioning them really make a difference? I would be interested to see...

Does anyone what happened to the bookmarket idea on Grattan Bridge? It looked like such a good proposal...
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Postby notjim » Wed Jul 09, 2003 1:30 pm

i was wondering that too, the original claim was the the booths were being built in barcelona and would be ready for paddy's day, not the spire is lit maybe the booths will arrive.
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Postby colinsky » Wed Jul 09, 2003 1:40 pm

i believe the book market launch is planned for the NEXT millenium.
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Postby GrahamH » Sun Jul 13, 2003 1:30 am

Similar cafes etc on the new proposed boardwalk at Eden Quay would help a lot in drawing tourists (& citizens) over to the east for once, down to the Custom House area - and help improve this neglected quay as well.
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Postby blue » Fri Jan 30, 2004 1:49 pm

Crossed Gattan Bridge this morning and Pierse where digging up the new paving in very specific places.

Looks like they are unearthing services for the long awaited book stalls. Could this be true? Can anyone confirm?
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Postby Peter Fitz » Fri Jan 30, 2004 1:53 pm

has anyone seen the plans for whatever is going to go up in place of the Laughter Lounge on Eden Quay ??
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Postby dc3 » Fri Jan 30, 2004 2:58 pm

Supposed to be a night club in place of the Laughter Lounge, I believe.
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Postby phil » Fri Jan 30, 2004 3:22 pm

Was'nt that one of the places given tax incentives under the O'Connell Street Integrated Area Plan?
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Postby StephenC » Fri Jan 30, 2004 6:00 pm

Arent those foundations taking forever to lay... Do you think they had a lot of problems with water seeping in from the Liffey
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Postby notjim » Fri Jan 30, 2004 6:44 pm

they seemed to stop completely for a long time, either they ran out of money or they found some unexpected challenge, for eg with water.
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Postby GrahamH » Fri Jan 30, 2004 9:19 pm

Saw a picture of Eden quay in the 1930s in a window on Talbot St the other day, it used to be so well scaled and planned. The Laughter Lounge site had a 4 bay arched facade, and built of similar materials to the buildings on either side still there.
What ever planner granted permission permission for the destruction of this building, wrecking the unity of the terrace, and for it to be replaced with a black brick wall, must have been of their head.
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Postby Devin » Sat Jan 31, 2004 11:33 pm

Yeah, I think that arched building was the Corinthian Cinema, an art deco classic. It would be listed and jealously guarded were it still around today.

Unbelievable losses (and awful replacements) were the order of the day back then ('60s or '70s).
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Postby Devin » Mon Feb 02, 2004 3:45 am

Just looking at a picture of The Corinthian again in 'Lost Dublin' -: it wouldn't have been in the same league as the Theatre Royal, but it was a nice enough 20th cen. front all the same.

Remember the Laughter Lounge before about 1995 when it was the Screen cinema? It was just an unpainted blank concrete wall; an incredible 2 fingers to the city centre.

Haven't seen the plans for new replacement building.
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Postby GregF » Mon Feb 02, 2004 10:52 am

Aye that (The Laughter Lounge, aka the Odeon cinema or Screen 2 cinema , or whatever it was once called) had to be one of the most ugliest buildings in Dublin, especially too if a far more finer building (aka the Corinthian) was sacrificed to replace it.
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Postby GrahamH » Mon Feb 02, 2004 3:22 pm

Ahem, rather the planner was OFF his head.
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Postby StephenC » Mon Feb 02, 2004 4:56 pm

The cinema was called the Astor.

Work continues on the Bookmarket on Grattan Bridge today and the Boardwalk extension on Eden Quay
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Postby blue » Mon Feb 02, 2004 7:08 pm

I hope the book market is a success. Its quite an exposed area!

The cafes on the board walk seem to have weathered the initial scepticism.
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Postby Devin » Tue Feb 03, 2004 10:51 pm

Wern't those Boardwalk cafes individually run in the beginning? - Now they're all run by the one company. Blasted homogenisation!

Not to be critical, the cafes are great in the summer.
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Postby Rory W » Wed Feb 04, 2004 1:45 pm

The cinema was called the Astor.


Nope that was the cinema next door (it became a rather dodgy video shop at one stage (private viewing booths - indeed). The Corinthian was refaced to become the Odeon. The odeon begat the Screen at O'Connell Bridge, which begat the Laughter lounge. The Astor was another separate entity altogether.
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Postby Rory W » Thu Feb 05, 2004 10:19 am

Bloody hell that was quick!

Overnight the book stalls have appeared on Gratten Bridge. I might be able to get there at lunch and grab a photo.
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Thu Feb 05, 2004 2:10 pm

Theyre quite nice but very large....
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Postby GrahamH » Thu Feb 05, 2004 8:32 pm

very very large...
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Postby blue » Fri Feb 06, 2004 11:46 am

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Postby blue » Fri Feb 06, 2004 11:47 am

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Postby blue » Fri Feb 06, 2004 11:47 am

The back (from the road)
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