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