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      How Dublin has changed in five years. I’ve been thinking back on all of the extraordinary development that has taken place in the city during this short period of time; it being pretty much five years this month since I started regularly frequenting the city centre. I remember arriving at Connolly in late 2001, not having been in the city for a few months, and being amazed (and appalled in equal measure) at the remarkable sight of One George’s Quay Plaza being topped out, the tallest (and still tallest) building to have been built in the city in nearly forty years, its monolithic bulk and height then embellished with myriad nimble construction cranes clinging about its sides and roofline. It has since become, for bad or worse, one of the dominant symbols of Dublin’s regeneration and the wider Celtic Tiger era.

      This was also the time of the giant Quality Street sweets floating on the Liffey for those that remember ๐Ÿ˜€ – yup, that was five years ago now! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

      It’s been a fantastic time to be in the city over these past few of years, really the most wonderful opportunity: having the ability to observe changes on a daily basis, admire or cringe at new edifices, public domain works and infrastructural projects, see various ceremonial openings, avail of brand new facilities, enjoy spontaneous public events etc etc etc.
      In attempting to sum up all of the major and not-so-major developments in the city centre between 2001 and 2006, here’s just what I can think of from trudging the streets over that period. Anyone got any more? ๐Ÿ™‚

      O’Connell Street IAP public domain works – from start to finish, including removal of plane trees, massive pavement works, monument restorations and new furnishings.

      Luas – Lines A and B constructed from scratch, including all the controversy of Harcourt Street, upheaval of the Green and Abbey Street, removal of Connolly ramp, and a new bridge over the Grand Canal.

      Heuston received many new platforms hugely increasing capacity, while the restoration of the train sheds is currently underway.

      The Spire was erected, to great excitement.

      The restoration of the Ha’penny Bridge to its former glory in 2002, winning a Europa Nostra Award.

      The Liffey got two new bridges: the James Joyce Bridge and the Se

    • #784616

      Fish Market demolished?

      and was Croke Park finished in those 5 years?

    • #784617

      Thats a great list Graham! When is the book coming out… Or when are you going to take charge of the PR dept of the City Council? :p

      Okay one or two more to add;

      – The shocker at the bottom of Henrietta Street

      – The screamer surrounding the former Presbyterian temple fronted church on Sean MacDermott Street, opposite the councils Dublin NE offices

      – Good Local Authority housing on Wolfe Tone Street; Wolfe Tone Court – on par with the corner of Werburgh St in terms of quality (I think it was 2000)

      – The demolition of Dominick St flats, so as to regenerate

      – The preperation for demolition of Mountainview Flats on Summerhill, also Lourdes House – already gone

      – The preperation for demolition of Sean Tracy House on Buckingham Street

      – The entire redevelopment of Cork Street, with the completion of the Coombe bypass yet the barmy dual carraigeway system thankfully abandoned

      – The redevelopment of what was primarily a Shell Garage at the top of Harcourt Street into an excellent top quality building, with wonderful finish of well proportioned green glass and stone – complete with roof garden

      – The Port Tunnel, due to open anyday now, with its foolishly low roof

      – The redevelopment of Smithfield, with new pedestrianised streets linking through to Queen Street

      – Opening of Cow’s/ Cows Lane ๐Ÿ˜€ off Lord Edward St

      – New Art Gallery on Foley St/ Corpo St, now politely known as James Joyce St – appropriately enough in Monto

      – Delivery of New Apartments, well designed, all along James Joyce St up as far as Sean MacDermott Street

      – New shop and apartment block on the corner of Summerhill and Gardiner Street – again well designed, and much more successful than the dissapointing schemes that went up along Gardiner St in the 90s

      – The quite dissappearance of the Wax Museum on Granby Row, as owned by Donnie Cassidy – Yeee Haa!

      – Likewise the SFX – now standing for Subsequently Feckin’ Xenomorphic! ๐Ÿ™

      – A decent new apartment block on the townward side of the canal bridge at Summerhill

      – Good quality apartments between Dominick St and Parnell Square – another example of how high density does not have to equate with high rise

      – And of course the O’Donnell + Tuomey school in Ranelagh – altough imo their UCC gallery is far better

      Ah Im sure I’ll think of more, but sure theres a bit to be getting on with ๐Ÿ™‚

    • #784618

      Mews buildings of good quality started to spring up all over the inner suburbs

      Dublin Airport opened a new pier albeit in portacabin

      Fires in run down Georgian buildings ceased to occur

      Moore St came to life as a multicultural food market

      Parnell St fromO’Connell St to gardiner St changed into Chinatown which I consider positive

      Cycling became much more dangerous due to a lack of segregation from the evergrowing traffic volumes

      The north east docklands became really hot development property and the once suburban Eastpoint looks like it will be bordered by streets within ten years

      Transport other thantwo unjoined Luas lines made no significant progress and that unfortunately will be the defining characteristic and legacy from the period

    • #784619

      @Thomond Park wrote:

      Transport other thantwo unjoined Luas lines made no significant progress and that unfortunately will be the defining characteristic and legacy from the period

      No, TP, you forget that the M50 extension to Cherrywood opened – that is a boon to anyone in the SE of Dublin. Outside of peak times I can get from Dun Laoghaire to Clondalkin in 25 mins. and even less to Mad Cow.

    • #784620

      @KerryBog2 wrote:

      No, TP, you forget that the M50 extension to Cherrywood opened – that is a boon to anyone in the SE of Dublin. Outside of peak times I can get from Dun Laoghaire to Clondalkin in 25 mins. and even less to Mad Cow.

      Perhaps – and yet on the new section there are 4 junctions within 5.5 miles; something that is bound to turn it into a carpark over the next few years. BTW how long does it take you to travel that journey during peak times?

    • #784621

      @hutton wrote:

      BTW how long does it take you to travel that journey during peak times?

      I dread to think…. which is why I will not drive M50 during peak times! When working from Dublin I decline meetings that will put me on M50 at the “wrong” time. I can get away with doing that for about 95% of the time. Going to the West I leave v.early and stop somewhere for breakfast. Going to airport for a red-eye I drive via Eastlink, not M50 as it is too busy even at that hour. Driving to the Kingdom I leave at lunchtime (to avoid the evening traffic jam at Adare, etc.)
      Years ago it cost me 250 quid to go to London and I could get to Dublin airport and board a plane in just over an hour; today I can get to London for 2 quid + taxes BUT I must allow 3+ hrs to get to airport and check in. Makes one wonder!
      Similarly, years ago it took me about 5 hours by car to S. Kerry, knew all the short-cuts through Naas, around Kildare, etc. when the traffioc built up. Even with all the new motorways it still takes me 5 hours on a good day, or 8 hours on a bad one.

    • #784622

      Yes, for all its woes the completion of southernmost leg of the M50 was still progress of a sort – also the new West Link bridge.
      But if anything it is the lack of progress on the ground with broader infrastructural projects in the city that is the hallmark of the last five years, including even the basic provision of much needed extra buses on an adequate level. A least the building of cycle lanes received a much-needed boost at the beginning of the period; it seems to have slowed down of late.

      hutton’s emphasis on the northside is good to see – massive regenerations have taken place, many instigated by DCC with their various properties, of course including the huge Fatima Mansions project south of the Liffey too. Saying that, the northern Georgian core is like a step back in time – it hasn’t changed in the slightest from the 1980s. It needs targeted investment at this stage.

      As well as the many developments that have taken place, what is equally notable is the lack of change in certain areas – namely the city’s principal streets: Westmoreland, D’Olier, Dame, Nassau, Lower Grafton and upper Pearse streets all haven’t changed in the slightest, and are still crying out for public domain and property improvements. And that’s not even mentioning the most important one of all: College Green.
      So much is being held up by the Luas Central which doesn’t help matters.

    • #784623

      2 more to add:

      Refurbishment of two-fifths of the Gandon Crescent at Beresford Place

      Refurbishment of the Gilbert Library

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