Now we've sold Dundrum, it's time to own up that we love it
Dundrum Town Centre was Nama’s jewel, writes Sarah Caden, and maybe it’s time we stopped being snobs and saw its value
The sounds of Dundrum Town Centre will never be the sounds of the city street or even those of a small town. There are no buskers, no charity chuggers, no traffic noises, no rain, no wind, no sunshine, for that matter. Instead, the sounds of Dundrum Town Centre are those of shuffling Ugg boots, the smooth roll of Bugaboo buggy wheels, the low hum of conversation, the muffled clatter of coffee cups and cutlery.
It's not the same as shopping in Dublin city centre or your local town, but we're not the same people we were before Dundrum Town Centre opened a decade ago. And much as we still like to sneer at the bed-head hair SoCoDu teenagers and Yummy Drummy mummies, we're all using the place like our town centre. Even the people who sneer.
And that's why it became Nama's 'jewel' property. And that's why, given who bought Dundrum Town Centre, it's likely to become even more of a hub of commerce, alive with the hum of all human life.