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With the opportunities the post-1916 reconstructions offered, efforts were made to revitalise the flanking streets of O’Connell Street, notably Princes Street with the GPO Arcade and administration terrace, and in the case of Sackville Place with Clerys’ new street frontage. This dismal little thoroughfare is easily overlooked when assessing Clerys as a whole; inititally at least it performed quite an important function in connecting the store to Marlborough Street which was probably hoped to act as a growth centre eastwards in this new order of gridded streets. Alas it didn’t quite turn out that way.

Clerys’ Sackville Place elevation is classically inspired, if grim and forbidding in its current condition. It is much more modern in outlook than the principal fa

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