Soapbox... Is the boom really back?
...and Is the so-called 'Celtic Phoenix' all it's cracked up to be?
FORGET the facts, figures and bilious blatherings of politicos. Here, finally, was the blessed sign that the bad times were with O'Leary in the grave: the unrelentingly long queue at the Nespresso concession in Brown Thomas.
The department store announced that the capsule-coffee company had brewed up a €6m turnover in 2013 alone. Now that's a lot of upmarket coffee capsules.
Every few days, a photo or link pops up on Facebook and Twitter to remind us that as a nation, we're back to having Notions again. Receipts of seven-euro pints in Temple Bar, avocados on everything, a Space NK Apothecary doing brisk business on Grafton Street. Eye-watering profits in joints across the capital from Copper Face Jacks (€5.6m in 2013) to Patrick Guildbaud's restaurant (€356k for August 2012-3). In the latter, a three-course dinner complete with foie gras and Blue Lobster can cost around €130 a head, before wine. And in August, the two Michelin star eaterie reported its best trading year in its 33-year history. We're even buying Beemers again; in July, the BMW Ireland company reported an 8.4pc rise in sales of premium vehicles and SUVs compared with the same period in 2013.