Saturday 25 March 2017

Objections to a Caffé Nero in Dalkey are anti free-market

Caffe Nero’s first Dublin store opened on St Stephen’s Green
Caffe Nero’s first Dublin store opened on St Stephen’s Green

When I was a young nipper living in Dun Laoghaire, we were known as the Railway Children, kids from the south Dublin coastal belt, who took the train into Marian College on Lansdowne Road.

It was a motley crew, with other boys joining us at Glenageary, Monkstown, Blackrock and there was always a big Dalkey contingent. Like the rest of us, they were a real social mixture, very much at odds with the current view of privileged south side brats with Dort accents and designer clothes.

In fact, they reflected Dalkey's mixed legacy as an old fishing village with working class cottages and the dwellings of port workers from nearby Dun Laoghaire.

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