Monday 22 October 2018

How Dublin 4 turned into Dublin forlorn

Kim Bielenberg drives up to a €171m car park and reflects on how it sums up post-boom Ireland

Kim Bielenberg

Kim Bielenberg

This week, the Dublin Horse Show has brought much-needed gaiety to an area that is going through troubled times. Dublin 4, the pulsing heart of Boomtown Ireland and the only Irish post code that became a term of derision, will never be poverty-stricken.

The diplomats and lawyers who inhabit its tree-lined avenues will always ensure that it remains a by-word of affluence, but there is no doubt it has lost some of its lustre.

Even here, in a district of chi-chi cafés, hidden, glass-covered swimming pools and ambassadorial limos, 'To Let' signs have almost become fashionable accessories.

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