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  • in reply to: How well do you know Dublin? #766307
    Alek Smart
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    Notjim`s Ballymun Road pics are particularly poingniant for me.

    I grew up in Glasnevin Village,which commenced at the old Wooden Church and ended at the Junction with Ballymun Rd/Old Finglas Rd where the Holy Faith Convent gates still stand today.

    The house and lands standing so bleakly today was home to a family called Nolan one of whom I used to still see around the place up to perhaps 5 years ago.
    He was a committed Heinkel Scooter rider in the days when such a machine stood head and shoulders above (literally) the modern ideal of a “Scooter”

    The Nolans were indeed agricultural as were many Glasnevin inhabitants right up until the mid 1980`s.
    I can remember cattle being driven up that lane to those ubiqitous “cow sheds” as well.
    This entire area is still dotted with the remnants of a bygone Dublin which in reality is only a blink away.

    Mention of the Albert College for example reminds me that I knew it as a functioning agricultural college and Glasnevin village itself regularly saw large flocks of sheep driven to it from Finglas Bridge via Old Finglas Road to graze on the Bon Secour Hospital grounds the entire process overseen by the Shepherd and his dogs !!!

    I am particularly interested in any information about the former occupant of the Met Office Pyramid site.
    This was,in my childhood,Marlborough House a remand home for juveniles progressing through the Courts system.
    I only recently discovered that prior to the foundation of the State it was known as Marlborough Barracks and housed a detachment of the British Army.
    There is a photo on the 1911 census website which is where I first became aware of its former history.

    As an aside,its worth pointing out that both of the Pyramidical structures at each end of Glasnevin Village suffered from serious defects almost from construction,both Our Lady of Dolours church and the Met Office had large scale remedial work carried out to their structures very early in their existance.

    All the more remarkable as they both replaced elderly structures which were “Supposed” to be time expired !

    Great thread all round so ๐Ÿ™‚

    in reply to: How well do you know Dublin? #766306
    Alek Smart
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    Notjim`s Ballymun Road pics are particularly poingniant for me.

    I grew up in Glasnevin Village,which commenced at the old Wooden Church and ended at the Junction with Ballymun Rd/Old Finglas Rd where the Holy Faith Convent gates still stand today.

    The house and lands standing so bleakly today was home to a family called Nolan one of whom I used to still see around the place up to perhaps 5 years ago.
    He was a committed Heinkel Scooter rider in the days when such a machine stood head and shoulders above (literally) the modern ideal of a “Scooter”

    The Nolans were indeed agricultural as were many Glasnevin inhabitants right up until the mid 1980`s.
    I can remember cattle being driven up that lane to those ubiqitous “cow sheds” as well.
    This entire area is still dotted with the remnants of a bygone Dublin which in reality is only a blink away.

    Mention of the Albert College for example reminds me that I knew it as a functioning agricultural college and Glasnevin village itself regularly saw large flocks of sheep driven to it from Finglas Bridge via Old Finglas Road to graze on the Bon Secour Hospital grounds the entire process overseen by the Shepherd and his dogs !!!

    I am particularly interested in any information about the former occupant of the Met Office Pyramid site.
    This was,in my childhood,Marlborough House a remand home for juveniles progressing through the Courts system.
    I only recently discovered that prior to the foundation of the State it was known as Marlborough Barracks and housed a detachment of the British Army.
    There is a photo on the 1911 census website which is where I first became aware of its former history.

    As an aside,its worth pointing out that both of the Pyramidical structures at each end of Glasnevin Village suffered from serious defects almost from construction,both Our Lady of Dolours church and the Met Office had large scale remedial work carried out to their structures very early in their existance.

    All the more remarkable as they both replaced elderly structures which were “Supposed” to be time expired !

    Great thread all round so ๐Ÿ™‚

    in reply to: O’ Connell Street, Dublin #731007
    Alek Smart
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    Oh Seerski….”Rather dissapointed”…..You are a master/mistress of the understatement ๐Ÿ™‚

    The damn street is in bits…..do we really need another Bag Shop with no doubt a “Temporary” sign to sell its sac`s…:mad:

    One would think that after all the oul IAP`ing and Publick Consultation etc that a City Council which had a serious budget to play with could have pushed the Street forward instead of leaving us with what we currently “enjoy”.

    Lets face it,as a race we simply don`t “do” planning or indeed any thing remotely associated with it…..Dr Quirkeys is about as good as it gets…..oh…sorry I forgot to include Dartmouth Square in that rant ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    in reply to: O’ Connell Street, Dublin #730953
    Alek Smart
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    Great…almost 40 years ago Michael Quinn writes a clear article containing one VERY simple question….

    “As the newspapers express it, it will be in a sophisticated รขโ‚ฌหœmixรขโ‚ฌโ„ข of shops, showrooms, offices and extensive car parking. (How all of these parkers in underground blocks are going to enter and leave the city by our choked traffic routes is anybodyรขโ‚ฌโ„ขs guess. In some American cities, I hear, they tax you now if you provide parking in your blocks).”

    As this latest development rather blithely proposes 1000 new “spaces” the Quinn Question remains unanswered !! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Alek Smart
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    All sounds good PVC but I believe it`s success hinges upon the closure and conversion of many of the centre city Multi-Stories with perhaps incentives being offered to their owners to relocate these facilities further out as Park n Ride centres.

    As long as we continue to operate the Ilac,Irish Life,Clarendon St,St Stephens Green,Temple Bar and Mansion House Car Parks then most of this notion is unworkable.

    Mind you I`m all in favour of it but perhaps it`s a wee bit TOO simple for our administrators !! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    in reply to: O’ Connell Street, Dublin #730911
    Alek Smart
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    1,110 Car Parking spaces and damn me but I just can`t seem to find any mention of an oul Public Transport space or two……it must be cos it`s way too complex for bottom feeders like me…..:o

    in reply to: O’ Connell Street, Dublin #730885
    Alek Smart
    Participant

    But,But,But…..where`s the Car Park going to be.???? :confused:

    in reply to: New Advertising in Dublin #776957
    Alek Smart
    Participant

    Is there any truth in the rumour that JC Decaux have teamed up with Aircoach to produce a new version of the Metropole…….The prototype is located on Merrion Square adjacent to the American College….Check it out for location,location and…..Location ! ๐Ÿ™‚

    in reply to: O’ Connell Street, Dublin #730802
    Alek Smart
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    And of course,directly opposite the GPO Portico we have,just to lend some gravitas for the background shots……Ann Summers with a suitably presedential window display…Bring it on I say !!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    in reply to: O’ Connell Street, Dublin #730797
    Alek Smart
    Participant

    Oh Alonso..I`m with u all the way here Bud ๐Ÿ™‚

    With the current kerfuffle ongoing about Buses being parked-up along Parnell Sq etc I have long agitated for my employer to send some of it`s senior people for a bit of a walk along Parnell St.

    My stroll would be….along Parnell St to the Parnell Centre (Surely the greatest example of a failed commercial development in An Lรƒย r ?) then bearing right into Loftus Lane and thence back into Kings Inn st to rejoin Parnell St heading in the opposite direction….just the exact type of routing a City Bus route could well do with taking…

    I agree that Loftus Lane/Kings Inn st is not exactly sparkling with vibrant civic life BUT it does offer available,non-contentious kerb space with the only possible traffic conflict being the Exit from the Parnell Centre multi-storey.

    The potential for re-routing some of the existing cross-city services to travel along Parnell St and access the Swords Road QBC via Dorset St Lower is also being ignored as both Dominick St and Kings Inn Street offer viable alternatives to the somewhat fraught situation now in place at Granby Row (A MAJOR accident just awaiting its opportunity here :mad:)

    The entire raison d`etre of my proposals is to S P R E A D O U T the Bus Network by utilising streets which are currently ignored in favour of the imaginary convienence of O Connell St.

    Similarly if one stands at the bottom end of Jervis Street (Liffey End) and looks Northward,one has a straight-line route directly onto Parnell St obstructed only by On Street Car Parking and with only the Jervis and one other Multi Storey exit to be effectively factored into any Public Transport corridor .

    Indeed for may City Centre visitors Jervis St is at least equidistant from the Henry/Mary St shopping centres as is O Connell St and if we devise our strategy correctly we could offer FAR more in the way of Bus/Bus-Bus/Luas-Bus/Luas/Rail connectivity than we currently do.

    I remain totally bamboozled at the reasons why our City Bus Company AND the other Civic Authorities continue to totally ignore an area which offers so much in a non-contentious way as does the Parnell/King/Dorset Triangle…but then again I am NOT in any way shape or form a Professional Planner so perhaps I lack that something special…..??? :rolleyes:

    in reply to: O’ Connell Street, Dublin #730795
    Alek Smart
    Participant

    And if any of those people live on the stretch of Parnell St between O Connell St and Capel St,then Dublin Bus regards them as being outside it`s pale…..Not as much as a Public Transport Rickshaw travels along this stretch of Parnell St despite it being virtually a dual-carriageway….WTF ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    in reply to: O’ Connell Street, Dublin #730793
    Alek Smart
    Participant

    I`m afraid notjim,most of the crowds you see are being brought there by and for Bus Atha Cliath with it`s vast overuse of the street…..Take them buses out and watch the crowds disappear…ESPECIALLY at the Northern end….

    As for the Spire…little wonder DCC are looking for a new contractor….What happened to all the PR puff about everlasting light units etc etc …sold a big PuP methinks….cost of it all well concealed I would imagine…FoI request anybody… ๐Ÿ™‚

    in reply to: O’ Connell Street, Dublin #730791
    Alek Smart
    Participant

    @Alek Smart wrote:

    Lets be clear on this….the Luas link is dead in the water.
    By 2009 or whenever,the money will be gone,the various worthies are already muddying the waters in preparation.

    The Luas link will be quietly shelved as being non cost effective in the “New” fiscal situation as,of course,MetroDub will cover the same ground…ergo many asses will be saved an ignomonous dragging through the mud.

    The REAL reason is the lack of any concept of how we were ever going to be able to plan,design and regulate for major overground civil engineering works in the City Centre between St Stephens Green and O Connell St……It`s not how we do things in this Republic i`m afraid….NEXT PLEASE !!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    Reading the front of the Sunday Indo today spurred my ageing grey cells to drag this from the ether……..Here and elsewhere I have expressed pessimism at just how much of the Transport 21 spending did not appear to be buttoned-down.

    Lots of aspirational oul shitte spouted endlessly at Press Conferences by well coiffured representatives of the DOT/DTO/RPA/DCC and any visiting luminaries who can be roped in.

    Never in the field of human cleanliness has a bath proven so incredibly expensive as Mary O Rourkes !! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    in reply to: New Advertising in Dublin #776945
    Alek Smart
    Participant

    Ah C`mon (as Vauxhall/Opels little furry peeps might say) folks,does anybody really expect the “Kept in the Dark” Dubliners to have ANY reaction to what is in reality simply another example of a City Administration reverting to type when “bested” by some other administrative or legislative body.

    Mr Keogan,or indeed any other DCC luminary will see no need to “talk-to” anybody else in this matter as the deal was already signed sealed and delivered long before this ABP business was even considered.

    DCC have,for long time past,operated a completely seperate “We know best” policy in relation to crazy stunts such as this and more importantly have got away with it. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    Why should they change a winning strategy..?

    When a Civic Administrative body such as DCC get into bed with a manipulative and savvy company such as JCD there can only be ONE outcome…….an outcome which greatly benefits JCD and doubtless,some elements within DCC whilst being of absolutely Z E R O benefit to the greater Dublin public.

    I remain VERY impressed with the resilience shown so far by DCC throughout this little arrangement and I have little doubt but that should,in the future,JCD seek to recruit planning advisers or consultants they will have a VERY short list to choose from ๐Ÿ˜‰

    To paraphrase the Leigon of the Rearguard……”A Lot done-Lots more (Of yiz) TO do” ๐Ÿ™‚

    in reply to: Dublin Fruit Market #745148
    Alek Smart
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    Oh we `ll get there all right,just as soon as that 300 underground car park spaces figure can be improved upon……any mention of a non-Luas Public Transport quotient…? :confused: :confused: ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    in reply to: O’ Connell Street, Dublin #730774
    Alek Smart
    Participant

    I`m with Ciaran on his observation re the volume of Buses on OCS…
    I`m suggesting it`s a direct relationship with the volume of PEOPLE there too….More buses=More Peeps,at least thats what I think the relationship is.

    Twill be similar when Luas gets “aligned” and it`s frequency and tram-length are increased in order to get buses off the street……6 of one……half dozen of the other.?

    Mind you,streets such as Gardiner St,Capel St,Jervis St are still fairly unencumbered in pedestrian terms,but then they don`t have any real Bus presence either…..Funny That !! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿ˜€

    in reply to: O’ Connell Street, Dublin #730760
    Alek Smart
    Participant

    Looking at GrahamH`s excellent pics of the window displays I`m left pondering the one about Achieving Universal Primary Education as a Millenium Development Goal……Which Millenium is being referred to…and will the Irish Aid stretch to paying the water charges in these far flung Primary Schools…:confused: :confused: :confused:

    in reply to: O’ Connell Street, Dublin #730737
    Alek Smart
    Participant

    This might be some form of annual Arty celeberation,like last years sculptures which led to the Hugh Lane….In fact I think the Digital Walkers actually end up at the Municipal Gallery-The Hugh Lane (Phew !) this time also.

    It could also be part of a cunning stunt by DCC to remind Bus Passengers that the Street was renovated to facilitate PEDESTRIANS and therefore they may have to actually WALK a bit between stops ?? ๐Ÿ˜€

    in reply to: O’ Connell Street, Dublin #730723
    Alek Smart
    Participant

    Nah Fergalr….Its just a case of a trifle too much Ballast ๐Ÿ˜€

    in reply to: Christmas Lights! #764421
    Alek Smart
    Participant

    Quality Images from GrahamH.

    I would concur that the cost/benefit of the “Docklands” lighting is open to scrutiny,however it would require several sets of Fingerless Gloves and a Top Hat along with a big bag of Bah Humbug`s to do this attitude justice. Full Marks to all those who devised and installed the lighting ๐Ÿ™‚

    However,what concerns me still about the greater Docklands scheme is the all to visible stalling of the Irish property and development sector in general.

    My great fear is that when the current tranche of office AND resedential development finishes we will see it lying fallow for the want of interested parties with enough stimulus to actually purchase/rent units in it.

    If the current stuff does not shift,then many developers could start measuring the length of their fingers as they look for the longest one on which to place future development plans.

    As I see it Dublin City Council and the Docklands Development Authority really do need to look at a re-launch of the original Concept for the area as I sense quite a decrease in its profile and desirability in the Greater Dublin Context..in a nutshell it`s beginning to look horribly low-rent in many area`s where the exact opposite picture is required ๐Ÿ™

    I feel it nearing make or break time for the Docklands concept,lets just hope we have somebody who does “Concepts” on board these days ?? :confused:

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