corcaighboy wrote:Here are some more imeages of Brown Thomas on Patrick Street. In my view, the most graceful building on Cork's main street. Looks classy and refined, even compared to the Roches Stores building next to it.
And opposite Brown Thomas, the old Cosgroves fruit/sweet store (I think!), now a Vodafone outlet. This building has two very graceful curved glass windows in front. Lost a bit of its charm now that it is no longer a kid's emporium of delight!
Praxiteles wrote: Who could have forgotten those acres of temptation posted in the rounded windows?
KerryBog2 wrote:Praxiteles - Did Mangan's become Ryans, the Blackthorn House? I seem to recall it along there somewhere...
lawyer wrote:I think the Blackthorn House was down where Clarkes shoe shop is now, almost on the corner of Princes Street.
Praxiteles wrote:Guy's 1925 Directory for Cork tells us that the Blackthorn House, M. A. Ryan, was situated at no. 46 Patrick Street.
lawyer wrote:I know it is wandering from Cork Cut Stone Buildings but this link provides directories of Patrick Street, which may be of interest
Praxiteles wrote:Thanks for the link, Lawyer. It would be interesting to see what has disappeared from Patrick Street bewteen the 1976 and 1997 editions of the street directory. Has it even been published since 1997? Typical problem to be seen in the mainthorougfares of many cities: decline of the traditional businesses and their substitutionn with rag shops!
corcaighboy wrote:Aha - Woolworths closed in 1982/3 I believe. At the time, it was big news (even getting the headline in the Echo . Everything was doom and gloom back then as Dunlops, Fords, and the dockyard all shut within the space of two years. Re your question: Yes, I moved from Hong Kong to Singapore around a year ago but simply forgot to change my location details on Archiseek. Singapore may be a Disneyworld with the death penalty, but they sure know how to do town planning, urban transport, and public housing. Certainly alot we could learn from them.
lawyer wrote:I'm afraid that Patrick Street is now no better than a typical U.K. 'High Street' and will be worse when Roche's Stores goes.
A-ha wrote:Thanks and yes, I suppose it's no wonder Woolworths left Cork at that particular time. Urban transport keeps coming up again and again when it comes to Cork. I've seen villages with better transport links than what we have. Fingers crossed it will improve over the next few years.
You make it sound as if U.K. High Streets are bad. Yes I think it will be a terribly sad day when Roches closes its doors, but when it comes to it, people want those British stores that are popping up everywhere, without having to go to London for the day shopping. Next, Debenhams, River Island, Argos.... what city doesn't want to attract these? I think the crime of it is, is that they are all located on Patrick St. They would be far more suited to out of town shopping centres and leave home grown stores to Pana (excluding Dunnes and their manky green signage, those I'm just plain sick of). Oliver Plunkett St. is my favourite street in Cork. It's one local shop after another and they are all thriving. It's sort of a Catch 22 though, because if you take the popular stores out of Patrick St....... then who will shop there?