There’s something grotesque about council’s plan to destroy historic horse yard for hotel

Una Mullally: Generation after generation kept horses in the Liberties, yet council seems to have no regard for this culture

Dublin street horses: Right now, at Molyneux Yard in the Liberties, plans are in train to erase a bastion of this culture.

Dublin street horses: Right now, at Molyneux Yard in the Liberties, plans are in train to erase a bastion of this culture.

In 2016, a Norwegian musician, Kristen Vollset, was on a road trip in Ireland when she crashed her van into a wall in the Liberties in Dublin. A horse walked through the hole in the wall with a few boys alongside. One of them offered her a lift on his cart, “Suddenly we were flying down Cork Street with a horse and two-wheeler.”

In that moment Vollset decided this was going to become part of her life. She bought a horse, and moved it into a stable in Molyneaux Yard, and stayed there for 2½ years: “I’ve never been so inspired in my life.”

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