Friday 23 June 2017

Fionnan Sheahan: Dockland spending heaps new pressure on Gormley

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

Transformed from a downbeat part of town, Dublin's docklands is now a genuinely thriving residential and business quarter of the city.

The completion this year of the landmark National Convention Centre on the northside of the river and the Grand Canal Theatre on the southside, linked by the Samuel Beckett bridge, adds a valuable cultural dimension to the area.

Designed by the world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, the theatre is a striking and imaginative building, well worth a visit just to admire it from the outside. (And it will make many wonder why the Abbey Theatre has not moved already to a purpose-built premises, rather than taking out the measuring tape to see if it just might fit into the GPO in time for the Easter Rising commemoration in 2016.)

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