Tuesday 27 June 2017

Decline of Dublin's O'Connell Street mirrors that of our society

The GPO after the 1916 Rising. 'Dublin's O'Connell Street has sadly declined in the 100 years since' Photo: NPA/Independent Collection
The GPO after the 1916 Rising. 'Dublin's O'Connell Street has sadly declined in the 100 years since' Photo: NPA/Independent Collection
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What a very sad vista the GPO looks out upon today as we begin our year of commemorations for the 1916 Rising.

Gone is the once-proud and elegant boulevard that stretched either side of the GPO, filled with hotels, department stores, banks and tearooms. Now the street is populated with endless fast-food outlets, cheap merchandise stores and amusement arcades.

Gone also is the iconic Clerys department store, which was a part of the 1916 landscape and could have played an important role in connecting us to the Dublin of that time.

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