Sunday 22 April 2018

You can all stand under this €2.4m umbrella . . .

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

IT WAS a unique solution to a traditional Irish problem.

On a damp, wet Sunday in Meeting House Square in the heart of Dublin's cultural hub, Temple Bar, a new, €2.4m umbrella-styled retractable roof was unveiled to create an all-weather outdoor space for cultural events.

Dermot McLaughlin, chief executive of Temple Bar Cultural Trust (TBCT), said the roof would allow event organisers to hire Meeting House Square in the confidence they would be protected from the inclement climate.

"We've seen the success of retractable coverings in sports venues and in public and civic spaces where protection from rain or sun is required," he said.

Installation of the four large-scale retractable umbrellas, designed by Sean Harrington Architects to mark Temple Bar's 20th anniversary, began at 3am on Saturday. Mr McLaughlin said the roof, combined with the built-in stage, projectors and screen, would allow for a series of events to be organised year-round.

Irish Independent

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