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Don’t listen to them boardy, there is a lack of decent cafes in Limerick city, plenty of uncomfortable, plastic glorified coffee vending machines though, and most (if not all) cafes close at office hours so there may be an opening so a late night cafe in Limerick (a la Java’s or Banana Republic in Galway). You need to have a good location though, there has been a definate swing towards the river, also a better location will be covered by cctv in town so less susceptible to “anti-social” behaviour. Good luck, I look forward to enjoying you new addition to the city.October 24, 2005 at 12:51 am in reply to: well what about the developments popping up in the shannonside ? #753482
Not to sound bitter but what the **** was the planning behind the current layout facing Arthur’s Quay Park? The old Dunnes stores is ugly,obsolete dead space, as is the row of shops facing it (beside Martin’s pub) behind Roches stores (currently used as storage for Roches). the garden centre section of Roches is similary a waste of good retail space, it’s fair to say that Arthur’s Quay itself doesn’t embrace it’s view of the park.
My main gripe is that a proper development, facing the park could really add a vibrant section to the riverfront. The park itself is much safer since the cctv was installed and the bushes removed. This is a huge amenity currently being ignored by the city, it has everything the rest of the city seems to lack, ie a sense of space, natural light. The patio in front of the tourist centre would be perfect for buskers or whatever, and the weir and marina looks great from the riverwalk in the park.
The old Dunnes should knocked and a proper, attractive building built there, it is such a missed oppurtunity. Likewise with the derilict block of shops. We shouldn’t be building new streets and ignoring this quarter of town. It could dovetail perfectly with the new look Henry Street.
I was told (by some Donegal extremely nationalist lifeboat operators) that the reason the crown is kept is because they get alot of their funding from voluntary contributions from people in English cities. The Donegal guys bemoaned the fact that the Irish people had little interest in supporting the lifeboats to the extent that the English do. Don’t know if it’s true or not, but these guys viewed keeping the crown as essential to keeping the boats servicable, whether they liked the crown being there or not.October 2, 2005 at 2:34 am in reply to: well what about the developments popping up in the shannonside ? #753458
Can anyone explain a mystery to me? About of a third of the way up William street, coming from O’Connell street, you come to 2 shops, Peter Mark and Swamp, on your left hand side. Nothing too strange in that, but if you look above the shop level, you quickly realise there’s no windows on the upper 2 stories of the 3 story building. It is a bare, blank concrete facade. Can anyone explain how can this be? Presumably most architects are aware of the traditional role windows play in a building, or am I being presumptious? If anyone can get a photo I’d love if you could post it. It’s an incredible building, but can anyone explain how it happened?September 18, 2005 at 2:50 am in reply to: well what about the developments popping up in the shannonside ? #753432
Very interesting thread.
Can anyone confirm that the Sarsfield Bar, Mid-Western Business Institute block and the old Qunns bar are not being knocked to facilitate the new shopping centre?