Thursday 23 November 2017

Colourful character who has changed face of Dublin

Crosbie made a world-class district from a rundown wasteland – and should be commended for his efforts, writes Niamh Horan

Harry Crosbie stands at the then under-construction big wheel beside the O2. Photo: Conor Healy
Harry Crosbie stands at the then under-construction big wheel beside the O2. Photo: Conor Healy
Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

IN the heart of Dublin's Silicon Docks, Harry Crosbie cuts an unassuming figure among the Googlers and techies who have flocked from all over the world to live and work in the vibrant district.

As they chat over brunch and their laptops, few realise how significant the man sitting next to them is.

Yet they are surrounded by his life's work: a bustling neighbourhood which was once a washed-out landscape of decaying warehouses choked by toxic fumes from a local gas company.

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