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June 28, 2002 at 5:41 pm in reply to: Carlton Cinema Development #711953
They’ve been doing some renovations. I read it in the paper the other day. The whole ground floor was revamped. Im not if they have done anything to the outside but at least it means they are staying put and not selling their premises off to become an internet cafe or a souvenir shop. I must drop by and have a look….its supposed to be quite niceJune 28, 2002 at 4:48 pm in reply to: Carlton Cinema Development #711951
Well done to the Gresham the latest establishment on O’Connell St to do their part for its renovation. As Bertie would say…’A Lot done, a lot more to do’June 28, 2002 at 4:39 pm in reply to: The End Nigh for The Dawson Lounge??? #720007
I think that would be a disaster. Beside there is a positive glut of pubs in this area…the last thing that is needed is another.
Lets hope that this is just a case of a bad dose of pessimism on your part PaulJune 28, 2002 at 4:20 pm in reply to: good article on temple bar as it now is #720024
Unfortunately I think drinking is our culture. The Irish pub, the guinness fueled session, the ‘craic’…its what visitors are told to come here for now. Its used to be out beautiful clean and green island but that not really something we want to be shouting about now that we have built all over it and polluted it with litter.
Its so funny though. The other day I was stopped by two Canadian girls looking for directions (the usual funny thing – looking for Camden St ending up wandering around quaint Sean Mc Dermott St!). Anyway I mentioned they would have to cross through Temple Bar to get to Camden St. Their beautiful blue eyes just lit up at the thought of visiting Dublin’s world famous Temple Bar.
Its sad they way the Council have taken their eye off the ball on this one but I suppose the silver lining to this cloud is that at leats they have something to build on.June 28, 2002 at 1:24 pm in reply to: Heritage Council will not fund Archeire #718194
Thats probably a good point. Much as I hate the old oirish clientelleism of politics you might get some joy if you contacted a local TD or an opposition spokesman or something.June 28, 2002 at 1:21 pm in reply to: good article on temple bar as it now is #720020
The problem seems to be one of ‘maintainence’ as it is with everything in this city. The Millennium bridge is another example…its only been in place two years and already its looking a bit neglected. One half has no illumination at night and many of the small optical lights on the walkway and quayside are broken. Talbot Street is another example…loads of money spent and now it looks like a tip.
Theres not much you can do about the bars at this late stage except hope that some of them go out of business and the opportunity arises to change their usage.
It also seem that the wholke Temple Bar idea has run out of steam if the old city quarter is anything to go by. It looks as if they have given up around Essex Street. Like any project I think T.B. needs to be re assessed. Perhaps the city council could sit down with all the parties and figure out how they can get back to the original ideal of a ‘worldclass city cultural quarter’June 12, 2002 at 4:11 pm in reply to: Spencer Dock okayed #719151
I thought the guiding principal behind Spencer Dock was that it would be a ‘living quarter’ not just another collection of offices with little or no life outside of 9-5. Surely parks should rate as among the most important elements in acommunity..especially one that is going to live in apartment blocks with little or no recreation space.
Parks are an essential element in any city … they help it to breath, and give it some space and help to make cities more than just a collection of buildings and car ladden roads.
There’s enough room down there at Spencer Dock to accommodate both buidings and gardensJune 10, 2002 at 4:35 pm in reply to: Carlton Cinema Development #711943
The Savoy is another building thats in need of a facelift as well. I imagine they havent done anything to it since the 80s (same goes for the Screen). These should have a much higher profile than they do at the moment.June 10, 2002 at 12:16 pm in reply to: Carlton Cinema Development #711940
I had thought that the erection of scaffolding and the covering of window ast the site this past fortnight meant that things would finally start to move but it seems not. They really REALLY need to do something soon with this site and I think the decision to compulsory purcahse it is correct. But where to next…
Also the link to the Indo doesnt work…its all pay as you go now and I believe the Times will follow suit. So much for freedom of information!
Isnt O’Connell St such a depressing site at the moment…June 9, 2002 at 5:43 pm in reply to: Spencer Dock okayed #719144
I had the pleasure of a brief spell of emploemwnt in the offices of Trasury Holding who will be developing the area. Right across from my desk was a visual imterpretation of the Spencer Docks development. And to be honest it sent me to sleep..its seems to be a monumental waste of opportunity. just row after row of boxes. BAron Hausmann’s they are not
And its not just the outsides….I am sure the ‘luxury’ apartments contained will be built to a ‘high standards’ as well. Its very well to discuss moving people out of their semis with gardens fromt and back and into high-rise shared living but ultimately people will get fed up with cardboard walled rabbit hutches and move on. East Wall is the new area to focus our redevelopment sights on(it uses too much space for somewhere so close to the city). A little bit more thought about peoples needs just might make Spencer Dock and the North (and South) Quays the sucessful residential areas they aspire to be.March 30, 2002 at 2:10 pm in reply to: Leinster Lawn #718531
Martin Cullen – Minister for OPW was on the radio the other day regarding improvements to Leinster House and its environs. Chief among these is the removal of cars from both the front and rear entrances of Leinster House and the reinstatement of gardens at both sides. A new underground car park will be constructed. No idea about timeframe but I would imagine you wont see anything happen until after the election.
I wonder will they ask for the statue of Queen Vic to be returned to the plinth? hehe. I think she is well suited to her current spot in Sydney.March 30, 2002 at 2:01 pm in reply to: re-emergence of Heuston Bridge #718571
Cream must be this years colour!March 27, 2002 at 3:08 pm in reply to: prettiest buildings in Dublin and county #718534
I agree – its looks great. Its forms part of a proposed pedestrain link from O’Connell St to Gardiner St. and is also an importnat element of the rehabilitation of Marlborough St. Which cant come too soon in my opinion. Marl St – especially between Talbot St and the Quay is a mess. Its is sinful how much it has been let decline.
On another point has anyone seen Henrietta Street in recent years? Its is Dublin’s oldest surviving Georgian streetscape…and looks it. It breaks my heart. Does anyone have any ideas on how one can encourage perservation of these types of buildings (the 5 Georgian on Beresford Place being another example). An Taisce? Dub Georgian Society? Or the City Council?March 27, 2002 at 3:02 pm in reply to: GAS Building #718566
I wonder if this is a good or a bad thing…Trinity College being its new owner. On the one hand they own some of the most inportant buildings in Dublin and (perhaps) have done their best to maintain them. On the other hand they have been much critcised for the state of repair of mny of their properties, eg Westland Row, Pearse Street Buildngs, Goldsmith House. I am not entirely happy that they should now add the GAS building complex and worse Forster Plance to this catalogue. They obviously have the resources to buy these peoperties and to commission new ones – lets hope they are willing to maintain them to a desirable standard.March 13, 2002 at 9:45 pm in reply to: What’s happening in Trinity? #718333
I had another look at the Pearse street buildings today and I must say its criminal the way they have been ‘remodelled’. breeze block a facade! Westland Row is imrpoving but they only seem to be concentrating on the upper buildings. The Council should consider reinstating old Georgian lamp posts as well to restore the streetscape a little.March 13, 2002 at 9:41 pm in reply to: National Gallery Extension #718658
On the whole I like the building but the details…. I hate the door they have used to section off areas. they are extremely ugly and I think glass would have worked much better. the look like that cheap wood used in MFI kitchens. Another problem area is the connecting gallery with the 1970s building (Milton Wing? I thought it loked really amateurish. But the overall effect of the building is a superb addition to Dublin’s collection of public buildingsFebruary 15, 2002 at 5:11 pm in reply to: New view of Dublin Castle #718259
they’re taking there time getting this redevelopment off the starting block though..?February 10, 2002 at 1:21 pm in reply to: Loop Line Bridge – Why can’t they just do this??? #718207
I believe that the DDDA have plan to remove the advertising and ‘reinvent’ the bridge as a gateway to the city/docks (depending on which way you are travelling I suppose) This would probably involve restoration, painting and nighttime lighting….and a big sign sponsored by Guinness telling you how fab Dublin is as long as you have has 10 pints…
Perhaps a better option would be to send the train line underground from the Tolka to Grand Canal Dock and do away with the need for this bridge. The resulting land that would be freed up could be sold off to compensate against the costs. Connolly Station would remian but become an underground with links for DART, Metro (shouldn’t these just be the same service?) and mainline services. No need for an above ground Tara St and the removal or redesignation of Pearse St. Think of all those awkward shaped buildings on Talbot St and Tara St that could benefit.February 1, 2002 at 3:41 pm in reply to: B…B…Bertie’s Bowl looks like unmaterializing #718793
the BB should be built but they have gone about this all wrong. It should be a phased development with different components added to it over time. Frankly I think it would be a huge mistake to redevelop Landsdowne Road simply because a residential area should not haver to deal the huge influxes of people these stadia generate. The same applies to Croke Park – although that is hallowed turf. Look at the problems Wembley causes. Best build out of down in a dedicated area.February 1, 2002 at 3:35 pm in reply to: Bank of Ireland closing 34 College Green Branch #718746
A good use I think. Its a very attractive property and it would be a sin to turn it into yet another pub like the AIB premises on O’Connell St. I also would hate to see Dame Street decend into another bar only street. Perhaps Virgin would consider buying it and developing it along the lines of their Champs Elysees store in Paris. It will be interesting to see which department stores are touted.