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    • #704893
      MG
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      I believe that Frank McDonald’s new book is being launched tonight. Here’s hoping that in the same way as his previous “Destruction of Dublin”, it exposes the networks of politicians and developers destroying the city.

    • #715104
      Anonymous
      Participant

      Not tonight – next Wednesday, May 17th.

    • #715105
      Rory W
      Participant

      Cant wait!!!!

      Rory W

    • #715106
      Paul Clerkin
      Keymaster

      Actually, it is next week. Anyone else got an invite?

    • #715107
      MG
      Participant

      Its an impressive book in my opinion, looks excellent, even as a cursory glance, it seems direct and informed…

    • #715108
      Rory W
      Participant

      About two thirds of the way through the book at the moment, very good read, a much better sequel to the Destruction of Dublin than saving the city. Got it at the launch on Wednesday, a good event given the irony of its location (Civic offices).

      But I can sincerely say that if you buy the book, you will not be disappointed.

      Rory W

      PS Were you there Paul?

    • #715109
      Paul Clerkin
      Keymaster

      Yes, I was there, it was a huge launch with a faint air of mass in the speeches….. messianic zeal

    • #715110
      Rory W
      Participant

      Yeah, it was something like a peace process press conference, when Owen Keegan of the Corporation and Frank McDonald were talking about the ‘healing of the rift’ between them. I think that there definitely was a sense of how things have changed about the whole proceedings, I couldn’t imagine the launch taking place within 500 yards of the place when Frank Feeley was in charge. What did you think of the book itself???

      Rory W

    • #715111
      Anonymous
      Participant

      It is amazing how bad Arran Quay looks with all the pastiche. But I think even if it is pastiche on Bachelors Walk, it is convincing. Frank McDonald was a little harsh on the building which replaced the Dublin Tramway Offices. I think he overlooked the remaining dereliction too much, as well as the fact that office construction in the city is dominant again. If we are going to develop Spencer Dock we shouldn’t rush it. The transport system is still a disaster. The book is very good in this way though, it deals with a lot of things. I thinking Saving the City was good, despite what others may say.

    • #715112
      Paul Clerkin
      Keymaster

      I’ve only had a cursory glance at it yet, due to having no money in my pocket at the launch, and not being on publishers lists for review copies.

      But at a glance it seemed very good, lots of good illustrations.

    • #715113
      Rory W
      Participant

      The book itself was a cracking read, it reminded you how much Dublin has changed in the last ten years, and how the tide is turning against the systems of old, whether the brown envelope for planning or accepting badly ‘designed’ (in the loosest sense of the word) apartments. The book also shows how a new guard has taken over the corporation and actually wants to solve the city’s traffic problems without demolishing all the buildings in the city. He is highly critical of the government’s solution to Luas (put it underground) and states quite rightly how if Luas went overground it would have a humanising effect on the city (something that is badly needed). The chapter on transport is one of the best.

      It is unfortunate that the tramway offices were demolished (perhaps the ceilings were too high for a zoe development apartment), and i dont think he is too harsh on what replaced it. What I don’t think he was harsh enough on was IFSC phase one.

      I like Saving the city, but it doesn’t have the same ‘oomph’ as the other two books, maybe its the fact that there weren’t enough villans in it. The ‘Destruction’ had loads, Gallagher, Corpo etc, whilst the ‘Construction’ has Ray Burke, George Redmond, and the AA comes out very badly as well (although the jury seems to be still out on Zoe Developments – started off the apartment in the city thing, then went very bad when it comes to design etc, but seems to be building better and better stuff – even if forced to do so).

      Read it whilst its fresh, it may date very soon when the results of the Moriarty/Flood tribunals comes out, and the EIS on the Millenium Spire and the decision on Spencer Dock, and the Millenium Mall Project…….

      Rory W

    • #715114
      Anonymous
      Participant

      But that will be the subject matter for the next book ‘The Corruption of Dublin’ or ‘The Fruition of the City’.I have to agree though that it’s a great book,it’s glossy production values (in comparison to the previous two books) a reflection of a thriving city today. Definitely a must for any Dub who has an interest in their city. Fair Play to Frank.

    • #715115
      Anonymous
      Participant

      It’s great to see the city prospering.It’s fabric being slowly restored and Frank hi-lights it well in the book. But I was out for a ramble through town (an alternative tour) and there are still a remarkable amount of derelict sites and general run-down areas (which Frank mentions). On the northside Gardiner Street which gets a regular mention in the forum is a real hotch-potch of architectural styles.Witness too the makings of the once proposed dual carriage-way at it’s junction with Parnell St. and Summerhill. Proud city-like buildings once stood here. See the ghastly Corpo ‘toy town’ houses in Sean McDermot St.,drawn up by a builder no doubt(I won’t say ‘designed’).They are dotted elsewhere throughout the city centre.What were the Corpo,Frank Feely & Co ever thinking of. Good Christ, there heads were up their arses.Curse them, thick stupid bastards.See too from the Coombe to Thomas St.(which is a street with great potential) and the upper end of the quays from the Four Courts to Heuston Station and North King St. Check out also Dorset St.with the numerous tawdry premises too. There is no co-herence what so ever to be found anywhere.These are prime areas of the city and need far more attention.We are a long way off the general standards of the makings of a good city. One weeps………

    • #715116
      Anonymous
      Participant

      Thanks to everyone who commented on my book. I only discovered the stuff today, having finally been able to get a new iMac and, hence, good access to the Internet. Thanks again. By the way, the book is still on sale — and there have been no writs so far at least. Must be home and dry!!

    • #715117
      dc3
      Participant

      Curious,

      I was only rereading it last night myself and it is just amazing how quickly you forget the scandals and that the same names keep turning up.

      I think the next edition will probably need another new LUAS map or two!

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