Thursday 19 January 2017

The inscrutable silence that surrounds Clerys

The iconic store has had its ups and downs but a year after its closure, asks Liam Collins, can it rise again and in what guise?

Published 12/06/2016 | 02:30

D2 Private: Deirdre Foley
D2 Private: Deirdre Foley

Exactly one year later and time has stood still for Clerys department store, the only thing moving are the hands on the iconic clock that is still keeping what Dublin folk call "the right time".

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On the windows facing O'Connell Street lovers have traced messages of affection in the dust, but otherwise the store, which closed at 5.30pm on June 12, 2015, is shuttered and dark, as if it had been enveloped in cling film and abandoned.

Passers-by hardly glance at what was once the most glamorous department store in the city; it is, as Con Houlihan said in another context, "forgotten but not gone".

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