Re: Re: Bricklayers Guild Hall

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@teak wrote:

So, are you :

A. Demonstrating that the instinct towards grasping gombeenry is inherently stronger in brickies’ union officials than their love of good workmanship .

B. Implicitly complimenting the Bricklayers Guild on its acumen, while conveying to us a template for profitable purchase engagements with the Corpo in similar situations .

C. Impugning the professional ethics of lawyers for both the Guild and the Corpo who may have been complicit in agreeing a settlement far in excess of the true compensation on the basis of a visibly humbug claim .

D. Asserting a basis for successful post facto litigation against the Guild in view of its failure to fulfil the intentions implied in its compensation deal with the Corpo .

E. Bewailing yet another past transgression of an Irish local authority in relation to property sale or purchase .

If E. is the correct answer, then why not discuss instead the much more entertaining story of the Phoenix Park Wall contract ? :thumbup:

All of the above, I think is the only conclusion we can draw. . . . What’s the story with the Phoenix Park Wall?

I don’t suppose anybody knows where the granite from the facade of the Brick and Stone Layer’s Hall might have ended up, or is that like looking for the fees you paid a solicitor thirty years ago.

With the benefit of hindsight, there may have been clues to an inclination within the Brick and Stone Layers Guild towards grasping gombeenery long before the 1980s. At some point late in the nineteenth century, the venerable guild appear to have purchased the crisply detailed ‘Billy’ next door at no. 50 Cuffe Street and summarily demolished it just to give themselves another six foot of building width and a second door.

this image was lifted from McCullough’s: Dublin, an Urban History.

Paul’s image of the expanded Hall [from the Cuffe Street thread] shortly before demolition

an aerial view from about the same time showing the devastation to the streetscape caused by all the Corporation setbacks, with the Hall [and its extension] still hanging in there, just

a grainy view of the expanded Brick and Stone Layer’s Hall with nos. 47 and 48 Cuffe Street then still standing. No. 47 displaying the entrance door and window disposition of a [twin] Billy . . . . to those of us who believe in such things

Apparently Meredith’s Pawn Shop, at no. 48, was a legendary establishment in the Dublin of the 1940s and 50s and held a special place in peoples’ affections as the only pawn shop in the city that would take false teeth.

aagh, the good old days

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