O’Connell Street is the main thoroughfare in Dublin, Ireland, running north from the River Liffey. It is one of the widest streets in Europe and is named after Daniel O’Connell, the leader of the 19th-century Irish Catholic Emancipation movement.
The street has a long and rich history, dating back to the 17th century. It was originally known as Drogheda Street, after Henry Moore, 1st Earl of Drogheda. It was widened in the late 18th century by the Wide Streets Commission and renamed Sackville Street after Lionel Sackville, 1st Duke of Dorset.
O’Connell Street was the scene of a number of important events in Irish history, including the 1916 Easter Rising and the Irish Civil War. It was also a major centre for the Irish independence movement in the early 20th century.
Unfortunately the street has been plagued by anti-social behaviour in recent years. This includes issues such as public drug use, begging, aggressive behavior, and littering.
There are a number of factors that have contributed to the rise of anti-social behaviour on O’Connell Street. These include:
Economic deprivation: The north inner city, where O’Connell Street is located, is one of the most economically deprived areas in Dublin. This can lead to social problems such as drug addiction and homelessness, which can in turn contribute to anti-social behaviour.
Lack of investment: The north inner city has been neglected for many years, and this has led to a decline in the quality of the environment. This includes things like boarded-up buildings and litter, which can create an atmosphere of lawlessness and make people feel less safe.
Lack of policing: O’Connell Street is a large and busy street, and it can be difficult for the police to maintain a visible presence. This can create an opportunity for anti-social behavior to flourish.
Clerys Quarter is a new mixed-use development in Dublin, Ireland, centred around the refurbishment and extension of the historic Clerys Building. It is scheduled to open in autumn 2023.
The development will include:
Two flagship retail stores, one occupied by H&M and the other by Flannels
A rooftop restaurant and bar with panoramic views of the city
A number of smaller retail and restaurant units
A 28m-high glazed atrium
A new public plaza
The development is expected to create over 1,000 jobs and to attract over 5 million visitors per year. It is seen as a key part of the regeneration of the north inner city of Dublin.
The Clerys Building is a landmark building in Dublin, and its refurbishment has been much anticipated. The building was originally constructed in 1922 and was one of the most popular department stores in Ireland for many years. However, it closed its doors in 2015 and has been empty since then.
The refurbishment of the Clerys Building has been sympathetic to the original design, and the building’s iconic features, such as its colonnaded façade, internal staircases, columns, and ceilings, have been restored. The new extension to the building has been designed to complement the original design and to create a seamless transition between the old and the new.
Clerys Quarter is an exciting new development that is set to transform the north inner city of Dublin. It will be a major draw for both locals and tourists alike.
I am currently producing random images as I am re-learning how to use my Sony α7R IV camera and my full-frame lenses and the Metabones lens adaptor.
I got my in August 2019 and was one of the first to own one but because of Covid-19 restrictions I got little opportunity to use it and I had to cancel most of my city trips scheduled for 2020. Since then I have been inclined smaller/lighter cameras that did not attract much attention.
I have now started to use the Sony α7R IV but I need to get used to using it and I am encountering some unexpected issues (for example it is close to impossible to get GPS to function correctly)