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Dublin's North Strand has never been thought of as a place of Epicurian delights. With its poverty, social problems, half-collapsed apartment blocks and fully-abandoned housing projects, it's not usually the first place one would suggest to meet for a cappuccino and warm crispy Danish for instance, or a glass of bubbly prosecco and a delicious garlic and tomato bruschetta. Thankfully, for those of us that live here, such thinking would be wrong. Or at least, wrong until now.
Every community needs its local amenities: butcher, hairdresser, coffee shop restaurant etc. It's what makes up a civilised locality.
Which is why, when this current crisis first hit three years ago, many of us agreed to make a conscious effort to continue giving our surplus cash -- what little of it we had left -- to local business.