Saturday 3 December 2016

Capital's once-fine boulevard has fallen on hard times

Published 18/04/2015 | 02:30

Soldiers clearing ice from Grafton Street, Dublin, in 1982
Soldiers clearing ice from Grafton Street, Dublin, in 1982

The news that Next, a British chain store, is to move out of Grafton Street is hardly earth-shattering, but was much reported on. But what has happened to that once-fine boulevard is the true tragedy.

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I have lived in London for 43 years and remember the "Bond Street of Dublin" circa 1970.

I recently had time to revisit and I could not believe it was the same street. Most of the lovely, upmarket retailers on the street have 'gone with the wind'.

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