18/02/2024

YOI RAMEN JAPANESE RESTAURANT [6 BARROW STREET DUBLIN 4]

This restaurant is new to me and I have yet to eat there ... maybe this week or next week.


"YOI Ramen is a Japanese restaurant dedicated to bringing the delicious flavours of Japan directly to Dubliners. Specialising in ramen and sushi, all of our meals are made fresh daily with high quality ingredients."

18/02/2024

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Situated in Dublin's popular Temple Bar district, the Victorian bar and partitions are over 120 years old.


Back in the late 1960s I worked for ITG an Hi-Fi importer and distributer which explains why I became an Electronics Engineer. Back then Temple Bar was no way like what it is today.


The name "Temple Bar" is generally thought to come from the Temple family, who built a house and gardens in the area in the early 1600s.


In the 18th century, Temple Bar became a centre for commerce and industry, with a customs house, warehouses, taverns, and brothels.


However, by the 19th century, the area had begun to decline, and by the 20th century, it was in a state of disrepair. When I worked there it was at best "run down".


In the late 20th century, Temple Bar was revitalised as a cultural and tourist destination. The cobbled streets and original architecture were preserved/restored, and many pubs, restaurants, and shops were opened.


Temple Bar is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Dublin but in general it is an area that I avoid [mainly because of the prices charged by pubs and restaurants]. 


I came across a claim that the Temple Bar Pub was one of the oldest in Dublin but when I challenged this claim I received the following information:


"I apologise, while the Temple Bar pub is a popular and iconic establishment in Dublin, it is not one of the oldest pubs in the city. In fact, there are several pubs with claims to that title, depending on how you define "oldest."


Here's a breakdown of some contenders:


Officially oldest: The Brazen Head holds the official title of Dublin's oldest pub, with evidence of an inn operating on the site since 1198. The building you see today dates back to 1754.


Oldest licensed premises: The Norseman claims to have the oldest pub license in Temple Bar, dating back to 1696.


Early establishment: The Palace Bar, established in 1823, holds the title of being one of the oldest pubs specifically in the Temple Bar area itself.

18/02/2024

I OFTEN WONDERED ABOUT THIS SIGN [OUR UNION ONLY IN TRUTH]

This caught my attention a few days ago because I overheard a child asking what does "our onion only in truth" mean. I was aware of the sign but,  to be honest, I thought that it was a statement by some of religious cult or organisation and never got around to discovering the story behind the large metal arch. Also I had difficulty photographing in the past.


Temple Bar Gallery & Studios marked an anniversary by organising a large-scale public artwork commission funded  by public donations. If the campaign raised €14,000 then Garrett Phelan would install an arch made from  steel on the roof of Temple Bar Gallery.


Irish artist Garrett Phelan’s art practice directly engages the audience with immersive site-specific drawing projects, FM radio broadcasts, sculptural installations, photography and animation. 

18/02/2024

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I may have said that this was D'Olier House in the past but it is in fact D'Olier Chambers which is a bit more posh. 


With its form, scale, and elaborate terracotta embellishment, this building is a striking addition to the streetscape. It is prominently sited overlooking the junction of D’Olier Street, Fleet Street, College Street, Pearse Street, Townsend Street and Hawkins Street. 


D’Olier Chambers was designed and built by the Irish architect J.F. Fuller as the southern branch of Gallagher & Company, tobacco manufacturers. Fuller specified that J.C. Edward’s best buff terracotta and facing bricks were to be used. 


This is one of a number of late Victorian commercial buildings in Dublin which make extensive use of terracotta, providing textural and tonal variation with the brown brick of the façade. The pedimented breakfronts, surmounted by elaborately detailed chimneystacks, create a remarkable silhouette, and lend diversity to the architectural character of the area.

18/02/2024

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Introducing Glandore’s newest building – Bottleworks is a 26,199 sq./ft cutting-edge Enterprise and Innovation Building, where state-of-the-art shared and individual workspaces stretch over five-floor plates. Superbly located on Barrow Street in Dublin 4, Bottleworks lies in the heart of Dublin’s South Docks, the Silicon Valley of Europe.


Founded by the Kelly family in 2001, Glandore is an Irish, family owned and managed real estate business run by Michael Kelly and his three daughters and directors Fiona, Clare and Rebecca, offering high-end, design led serviced offices, flexible workspace, co-working space and virtual offices.

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