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Paris has pissoirs..Dublin has alleyways
Masterphoto – off Waterloo Road in Ballsbridge 6685203 have a drum scanner if you need really really high quality scans..
While it was great to finally see Eileen Gray being given some recognition in the form of an exhibition in Dublin (you won’t find anything of the kind in her native Wexford..) – the show itself is a little dissappointing: the problem seems to be that the Museum in Collins Barracks has so little in the way of the way in actual pieces that they’ve patched it together with bits of film footage and photographs…the whole thing looks comes off as a little threadbare – you really don’t get a sense of how extraordinary her life was
Speaking of, has anybody been in Collins Barracks recently? The place was deserted last time I was there – the security guards looked glad of a bit of company – I’m not sure why but there’s no spark about the place at all
You’ll find information on Eileen Gray on the home page of this site – theres also an exhibition of her work in Collins Barracks Museum in Dublin if you happen to be in town
Sherri – The Saturday market in meeting House square in Temple bar is pretty nice – as is the Gallery of Photography beside it and the Irish Film Centre – you gotta spend some time on an Island – I recommend Inisboffin outside Clifden near Galway – you’re mobile phone wont work, the shop opens for about 2 hours a day, the pub opens till 3 in the morning (or later) – great music, lovely people – spectacular scenery – theres also a horse riding school that will bring over hills and along a fantastic white sandy beach…no one mentioned any of the pubs in Dulblin did they? Try Keoghs, The Stags Head, Grogans, The Long Hall, The Gravediggers up in Phibsborough (after you’ve been to the Botantic Gardens – or instead).. avoid any pub within Temple Bar like your life depended on it unless you want to meet an English Stag Party or the type of tourist who sits over a glass of Guinness for 3 hours… – enjoy anyways!
…if you’re ever in Wexford town there’s an architectural gem that should be preserved for the nation…a big sore looking yoke in red brick (i’m not sure what its supposed to compliment – there isn’t anything of that scale or material within 50miles), on the quays in front of the Talbot Hotel..”luxury apartment building”/juvinile detention unit..its a real country cousin to the many “brown envelope” developments in Dubliin
…I think the notion of Irish people being “friendly” is about as banal a concept as the average Irish person being a jolly alcholic..if we were ever perceived to be a friendly nation in the past, it was probably because we were such a beat-down lot grateful for anybody taking a interest in our damp little country… its essentially a marketing tool that has been used for so long that we’ve taken to believing it when it has about as much authentity as a John Hinde postcard..
..ok we’re all in agreement that litter is a serious problem here in Ireland – unfortunatly not every steet or train can be equipped with someone like Greg to box the ears off these offenders! What is clear though is that The Powers that Be need to introduce some drastic measures that spell out littering is unacceptable, antisocial behaviour..a “I blame the parents” attitude will get us nowhere – Irish people are no more genetically inclined to litter than anyone else – its a matter of educating people on the implications and penalties (ie fines or name & shame?)of their behaviour…February 20, 2002 at 9:19 pm in reply to: The Abbey Theatre – should it stay or should it go #717725
Sile De Valera was on the 6-1 news tonight – it seems herself and Bertie wanted it to remain where it is from the beginning- although with the O’Connell Street Plaza gettting closer on the horizon the old Carlton just seems like the perfect location – a vast site that would have drawn some Southside luvie money across the river…it was mentioned they were “offered” a site in the docklands…anyone know exactly where? The current location is a greasy side street – surely the sentimental attachments went with the original building ..
..the self loathing of Greg and Rory makes me wanna vomit (although perferably not over the Weston)- get to grips with your Nationality boys – your comments are counterproductive otherwise…Read in The Irish Times last weekend that spanking new litter wardens with real powers are about to be unleashed on a trial basis in 3 or 4 of our filthy towns
Shadow – as a “non architect” I’ve always just assumed that vision/sight (along with the right form for a specific site) was the major criterium in architecture/town planning…could you maybe expand upon that or suggest some further reading on the subject?
…just on an additional note – Lyon, France really is a brilliant example of innovative town planning and street scaping – there are three public carparks underground stunning Squares…look at Place des Celestins (spelling is very possibly incorrect) in the city centre – some of been made in conjunction with the artist Daniel Buren – i would strongly advise anybody interested in this kind of thing to investigate further – better still go for a weekend – Dublin Corpo could learn a thing or two..
…fair dues – this is probably the first building in recent times in Dublin with anything close to a wow factor (even if all those “quirky” angles began to look a tad flouncy)…it was worth it just to see jaws drop as people walked in the door…hopefully it might convince the general public to start questioning all those dreadful georgian pastiches and stop equating “modern” architecture with Ballymun..
…crumbs – do you reckon they they might install a few hobbits in there?