Re: Re: The Dubline – Dublin’s Discovery Trail
What do ya think?
Haven’t had a chance to navigate through the full site but I would have some issues with their analysis of the Kilmainham section of the route.
The ‘Kilmainham’ section starts off with this observation:
‘The key challenge for the visitor journey is the walking distance associated with getting from St James’s Gate to Kilmainham’ . . . . . and then goes on to double the length of the journey by diverting the route down Stevens Lane, apparently just in order to come back up to the Royal Hospital via Military Road. What’s that all about? Unless they’re getting a decent back-hander from Superquin, I don’t see the point in this.
It’s well known that you can manipulate tourist routes by a few degrees here and there to take in a particular gem, or avoid a meat factory, but I seriously doubt that you’ll get too many takers for a double dog-leg diversion like this. Think about the little bunches of conflicted Germans that will be found every day muttering incoherently at the fountain in James Street with their maps telling them to go north and every fibre of their being telling them to go west.
And what is there in Kilmainham for the tourist who hasn’t already got fed up when they realize that they’re now at Heuston Station and they’ve been walking for twenty minutes and they’re no nearer Kilmainham than they were when they left Guinness?
The report puts Kilmainham under the microscope and comes up with this sub-molecular diagram.
On the positive side, the hidden gem that is the NAMA owned Kilmainham Mills gets a red balloon, but otherwise I’m not sure this colourful analysis leaves us any the wiser.
For a start, I don’t see any suggestions in this document for the better use of the grounds of the Royal Hospital which are the centerpiece of the area, both physically and historically and which venerable monastic site has been reduced to a patch of waste ground in recent years by a venal combination of IMMA and the OPW determined to turn a quick buck by leasing the grounds out at every opportunity to concert promoters and fair ground operators.
With its still – just about – discernable character as a town nucleus distinct from the city around it, Kilmainham is potentially a great anchor at the west end of an enhanced primary tourist spine running from Trinity College past Christ Church and up Thomas Street to the delights of Guinness, but this report probably fudges too many issues to be much use in charting a way towards realizing any of that potential and for all its graphic presentations, as far as Kilmainham is concerned, it leaves us back where we started with little more than the nationalist shrine of Kilmainham Gaol to hang our tourism aspirations on, albeit with the good fortune of a decade of centenaries ahead of us to exploit.