How Dublin 4 turned into Dublin forlorn
Kim Bielenberg drives up to a €171m car park and reflects on how it sums up post-boom Ireland
This week, the Dublin Horse Show has brought much-needed gaiety to an area that is going through troubled times. Dublin 4, the pulsing heart of Boomtown Ireland and the only Irish post code that became a term of derision, will never be poverty-stricken.
The diplomats and lawyers who inhabit its tree-lined avenues will always ensure that it remains a by-word of affluence, but there is no doubt it has lost some of its lustre.
Even here, in a district of chi-chi cafés, hidden, glass-covered swimming pools and ambassadorial limos, 'To Let' signs have almost become fashionable accessories.