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O’Connell Street In Serious Decline
 
# 1 : Tuesday 12-6-2018 @ 23:20
 
 
Recently I joined a recently founded lobby group which has the primary aim to turn around the fortunes of O’Connell Street, our national thoroughfare. Over the past 40 odd years, the Street has been a state of decline with derelict sites, fast food outlets, amusement arcades and tacky gift shops.

Clerys department store, which I have links to, closing down in 2015 was a serious blow to the street.

Today marks the 3rd anniversary since Clerys closed and a couple of members of the O’Connell Street Revival Society, myself included, laid a bouquet of flowers and candles to mark the sad state of a closed Clerys and to raise public awareness of the Society.

We got journalists from the Irish Times and the journal.ie interviewing us. I got my ugly mug on a couple of news websites! JK is famous lol!!

Links:
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/call-for-reviv etc ...

http://www.thejournal.ie/anniversary-of-clerys-closure-memorial-o etc ...



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# 2 : Tuesday 12-6-2018 @ 23:34
 
 
I wish you well in the endeavour. As the national thoroughfare of Ireland it's a disgrace.. Spent a naughty weekend in the Gresham 20 odd years ago & even then you could see it was dying.. Some major regeneration required. I hope ye get things moving..
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# 3 : Tuesday 12-6-2018 @ 23:39
 
 
I think its a bit much to be laying a bouquet of flowers and candles now.
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# 4 : Tuesday 12-6-2018 @ 23:44
 
 
Someone said :
I think its a bit much to be laying a bouquet of flowers and candles now.

They are Mourning who ever came up with this idea..
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# 5 : Tuesday 12-6-2018 @ 23:54
 
 
Wasn't there a plan to pedestrianise it completely?
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# 6 : Wednesday 13-6-2018 @ 08:46
 
 
Great idea ! It's a real shame to see the place in such a state.
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# 7 : Wednesday 13-6-2018 @ 10:05
 
 
I haven't set foot on O'Connell street in years but what exactly is in decline with it besides Clery's closing?
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# 8 : Wednesday 13-6-2018 @ 11:18
 
 
AS a an old man now who has lived in Dublin all my LIFE ITS A SHAME
ON LEAVING THE SAVOY CINEMA I WAS CONFRONTED BY 2 GUYS PLAYING WITH A BOUNCER ON THE FOOTPATH WITH PEOPLE WALKING UP AND DOWN IT. LOOKING ACROSS AT THE GPO THERE WAS JUST ONE GARDA STANDING AT THE WALL. THERE SHOULD BE 2 GARDA ON EACH
SIDE OF OUR MAIN ST OF OUR CAPITOL CITY. I AGREE ITS A SORRY SIGHT TIME OUR GOVERNMENT AND ALL THE POLITICIANS PUT MORE GARDA ON THE STREET.
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# 9 : Wednesday 13-6-2018 @ 15:46
 
 
Knock that stupid spike thing fo0r starters... its like a huge needle and all it reminds the druggies of is their next fix... the amount of homeless people u see on this street is not even funny. Great for tourism.
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# 10 : Wednesday 13-6-2018 @ 16:13
 
 
Someone said :
Knock that stupid spike thing fo0r starters... its like a huge needle and all it reminds the druggies of is their next fix... the amount of homeless people u see on this street is not even funny. Great for tourism.

Don't be ridiculous! Fantastic piece of urban sculpture. Pity it's not twice as tall!
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# 11 : Wednesday 13-6-2018 @ 18:59
 
 
Someone said :
Knock that stupid spike thing fo0r starters... its like a huge needle and all it reminds the druggies of is their next fix... the amount of homeless people u see on this street is not even funny. Great for tourism.

There are homeless people all over the city centre. Not just O'Connell street.
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# 12 : Thursday 14-6-2018 @ 00:27
 
 
I've remarked on this before. When I was young in the 1960s O'Connell Street was a place to go to, especially at night. Now it seems to be a place to pass through, especially at night. I don't know when the decline started - probably in the late 70s. Here's a recollection of some of the things that were there in the 60s (besides Clery's). At the top was the Ambassador cinema. The Gresham at least is still there as is the Savoy cinema. Back then it was a single screen cinema (as they all were). There was a restaurant in the cinema. Across the street was the Carlton. It had a very fine restaurant. On Prince's Street just off O'Connell Street was the Regal cinema, a very elegant building inside - it looked like an opera house. It too had a very nice restaurant. Next to it was the Metropole. It had everything - a cinema, a ballroom, a very fancy restaurant,the Silver Grill, and a fancy cocktail bar. There was even a depository where ladies could leave their shopping while they went to lunch or for a cocktail. Around the corner in Abbey Street were the Adelphi and Curzon cinemas and on Eden Quay was the Corinthian cinema. There were also cheap cafes like Cafollas along O'Connell Street. So all in all it was quite a lively place. Now, apart from some cheap cafes and amusement arcades it seems to be pretty dead at night.

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# 13 : Thursday 14-6-2018 @ 00:38
 
 
It should be the heart of the city. When you look at other capitals (not all), the Main Street is thriving at night and O'Connell street should be the safest and busiest part of the city which unfortunately it's not. I always avoid it at night.
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# 14 : Tuesday 19-6-2018 @ 00:10
 
 
So what our society had feared has come to pass. Natrium, the development consortium that bought Clerys in 2015, closed it down and immediately made all its workers redundant overnight, are set to make a cool €30 million profit by selling the property on according to yesterday’s Sunday Business Post. This despite securing planning permission for a major redevelopment. A cynical and disappointing move on their part.

Link:
https://www.businesspost.ie/news/foley-partners-net-e30-million-c etc ...


This type of property speculation is part of the reason why O’Connell St is in serious decline. It seems like Dublin City Council aren’t too bothered either!
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