There is no doubt that the Temple Bar renewal/regeneration is interesting and in many ways unique. The process of renewal and then of eventual acceptance is one of the most interesting aspects. For a few years the TB project had star status in the Dublin Press and amongst architectural journals such as AR. Perhaps the intense interest and support was because the project was seen as a much anticipated acknowledgement of the potential that Dublin holds as a place of culture and layered history and of excitement.
The interest in TB seems to now be waning, as though the project is finished and there is nothing more to be done. I would say that the completion of building only heralds the beginning of the life of a place.