Re: Re: Bank of Ireland, College Green
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GrahamH’s remarks about tourists are a bit harsh. Tourists provide much of the money which the local people survive on and so should be encouraged, without this money locals may not even have need for a bank!
A pedestrianised plaza at College Green, as suggested in another thread, with the Bank of Ireland building as the focal point as some sort of museum/exhibition centre would be the jewel in the crown of the city. The space created would be enjoyed by both locals and tourists and would allow the building to be appreciated by those in the plaza without a screen of buses. Entrances such as that off Westmoreland Street could be reinstated also.
The renovation costs would be enormous but if cleverly designed to reduce running costs while remain sympathetic to the structure, a museum could possibly be viable. This would be a great addition to Dublin and would be great to see in time for 1916 centenary.