Una Mullally

Society, life and culture on the edge

What next for Temple Bar?

The Gutter Bookshop has an interesting post on the matter.

Tue, Jun 11, 2013, 15:11


The Gutter Bookshop – one of the best book stores in the country – has an interesting blog post wondering what direction Temple Bar is going in. You can read it here. The blog post is prompted by the upcoming opening of Costa Coffee along with McDonalds.

“In 20 years Temple Bar seems to have moved further and further from its original concept and An Bord Pleanala’s controversial decision to overturn Dublin City Council’s objection to McDonalds appears symptomatic of a lack of vision for the area. Temple Bar retains the possibility to become a cultural centre for Dublin, appealing to both tourists and locals alike. Temple Bar should be a beacon for unique Irish businesses and groups that show what is best about Irish culture. Pubs have a part in this, as do cafes and shops, venues and arts centres. What seems to be lacking is any kind of co-ordinated plan to bring Temple Bar back to the original vision.”

You can find out more about the Gutter Bookshop here.

(hat tip: @kowalshki)