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  • in reply to: Frescati #714360
    Rory W
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    John,
    Welcome back. Its been a long time without your exasperated comments.

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    in reply to: Archer’s Garage #715619
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    What building on Capel Street? Was it the one on Upper Ormonde Quay that ‘Burnt’ down?
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    in reply to: Frank McDonald – new book #715113
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    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

    in reply to: Frank McDonald – new book #715110
    Rory W
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    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

    in reply to: Frank McDonald – new book #715108
    Rory W
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    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?

    in reply to: Frescati #714348
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    Unfortunately the average response would be ‘don’t care’, because the average Dubliner doesn’t care for architecture.

    I think that some kind of arts appreciation should be taught in the classroom, but then most of the teachers don’t care because they are so underesourced.

    But even if people were informed about what happened, how long would the memory last????

    in reply to: Frescati #714346
    Rory W
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    Well it was just my little protest at what they did, I do however organise a lot of seminars in Dublin for the company I work for and try to recommend that we don’t use O’Callaghan Hotels for any of them, so I hope that I am making some difference to his profits.

    If enough people do a small protest, it can go a long way, and is far more effective than ‘direct’ protests.

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    in reply to: Liffey Quay Walls #714725
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    I think Its a great idea, the water taxis and all that would be great and help give the Liffey the emphesis that it deserves. I agree that something should be done about keeping the Liffey clean.

    Rory W

    Also the Pedestrian crossing between the IFSC and Lombard Street East, a very handy short cut!!!

    in reply to: Frescati #714342
    Rory W
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    The problem with Frescati was that Dun Laoghaire Corporation (as it was then) basically condemned the house to Death because they zoned the land for a shopping development. Roches Stores could have bankrupted that corporation at the time by not allowing them to build there. But Roches acted disgracefully it pulling the house down, when I lived in Booterstown I refused to shop there, so that was my own little protest…

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    in reply to: Liffey Quay Walls #714722
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    Never even heard of that one!! Sounds interesting though.

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    in reply to: Archer’s Garage #715611
    Rory W
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    The very same O’Callaghan who also let two Georgian Houses at the end of Harcourt Street fall into disrepair before becoming part of his upmarket chipper on the corner of Stephens Green…sorry I meant the St Stephen’s Green Hotel.

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    in reply to: Archer’s Garage #715610
    Rory W
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    The very same O’Callaghan who also let two Georgian Houses at the end of Harcourt Street fall into disrepair before becoming part of his upmarket chipper on the corner of Stephens Green…sorry I meant the St Stephen’s Green Hotel.

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    in reply to: Frank McDonald – new book #715105
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    Cant wait!!!!

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    in reply to: Upp. Abbey Street #714292
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    Its a large scheme of shops and offices by one of the Zoe Devlopments group companies. Apparently they are building a Merchants Arch type link from the Millenium Bridge to the Jervis Centre. Hopefully this will further reinvigorate this area of the city as an extention of Temple Bar (but without so many bars). Hopefully they will do something with that Bus park as well.

    Rory W

    Oh Yeah, its nothing to do with Luas

    in reply to: Smithfield, Dublin #712285
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    I remember reading a nutty idea in the late 1980’s in the Irish Independant Property section about how they were going to put the roads into tunnels under College Green and pedestrianising the area. I personaly think that if the public transport infrastructure was in place that there shouldn’t be a need for any traffic (except buses taxis and emergency vehicles) between the canals in Dublin, but because the Government (local and national) get ferried in by Chauffer driven Merc (except for the occasional photo opportunity) there is no incentive for them to do so. Also the fact that they listen to the whinging car lobby all the time. The one thing I noticed in London was when you pressed the button to cross the road the lights changed to suit you almost instantly whether it was in the “city” or the main shopping areas, why we have to wait up to 110 seconds to cross each side of college green is ludicrous.

    Rory W

    Oh yeah, if we had Smithfield turned into a square as far as the law society it would look bloody awful, you can almost see the tanks and the pictures of Chairman Mao…..

    in reply to: Liberty Hall #727693
    Rory W
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    They lack uniformity because somebody blew up a bomb outside Liberty Hall in 1972 and the windows were not replaced the same as the originals (Which were transparent and looked much better than what is there at the moment). Hence the lack of uniformity.

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    in reply to: Liffey Quay Walls #714716
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    They have been boring holes for the supports for the boardwalk along the quays over the last month or so, so I think its going ahead. But I totally agree about the walls being cleaned, just look at the difference between Queen Street Bridge where it has been cleaned and the quay wall which is the same material.

    Mind you I always thought that they should build a weir down at the East Link and keep the water level in the Liffey at a decent height. Now that would be a Millenium project!!!!

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    in reply to: Grattan Bridge #714285
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    Ah, but take a look at it when it is lit up at night!!!!

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    in reply to: Archer’s Garage #715602
    Rory W
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    Is the reconstruction of the garage included in the application?

    in reply to: Wooden Building #715143
    Rory W
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    I’m sure its the pressure treated stuff that lasts for ever.

    It does exactly what is says on the tin!!!

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