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07 May 2008

U2 tower now ready for Elevation

After years of planning, wrangling and rowing, it finally looks like the landmark U2 tower is finally set to get off the ground. Plans for the Liffey highrise remain on course even though...

04 May 2008

1882 – Bachelor Inn, No.31 Bachelor’s Walk, Dublin

A fine old pub façade which still shows the location of the original corner entrance. This is now blocked up and converted to two windows but the original decorative corbells on the signage...

04 May 2008

1780s – Cambridge House, Arbour Hill, Dublin

The residence of a Royal Duke for a short time in the 19th century. This was the Duke of Cambridge, then Prince George of Cambridge, grandson of George III, and first cousin of...

04 May 2008

1887 – Greek Orthodox Church, Arbour Hill, Dublin

Architect: George Smith A former National School, the small building is now the home of the Greek Orthodox congregation in Dublin. An external mosaic icon has been added to a closed up window,...

04 May 2008

1851 – St. Michan’s Presbytery, Halston Street, Dublin

Architect: John Bourke A fine presbytery house sited next to its church. Now facing across the public park created on the site of Newgate Gaol. Shame about the nasty uPVC windows that have...

03 May 2008

1877 – Nos. 12-13 Cornmarket, Dublin

Architect: McCurdy & Mitchell Large stone-faced commercial building with a rather grim facade.

03 May 2008

1930 – Dunlop Building, Stephen St., Dublin

A fine building on a gently curving site with Art Deco detailing added as offices to existing factory. The single bay building with bay window marks the entrance to the main factory, which...

03 May 2008

Dream buildings, drawn in bed

Liam McCormick (1916-1996) was close to being Ireland’s Alvar Aalto. Like the great Finnish architect, he was a committed but not doctrinaire modernist who found inspiration in the context of place and produced...

02 May 2008

“Bikes-for-Billboards” scheme exposes major planning flaws

It sounded like a fairytale, yet what was initially hailed as “free bikes” has become one of the biggest planning controversies to hit the capital in years. The so-called “metropole” plan – whereby...