Una Mullally: Celtic Tiger 2.0? Why Dublin’s nightlife is disintegrating

Spark of creativity that always lit the energy of the city is being snuffed out

Only a few places on the 1892 map of Dublin’s pubs remain, including Mulligan’s on Poolbeg Street. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Only a few places on the 1892 map of Dublin’s pubs remain, including Mulligan’s on Poolbeg Street. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A good few years ago, I heard a fable involving the New York Dolls, the punk band who predated glam rock, yet had a penchant for big hair, androgynous clothes and high heels. They looked amazing, for the most part.

But one day, the New York Dolls were hanging out in a bar looking their outrageous best, when The Ramones walked in. The Ramones were wearing their uniform; jeans, t-shirts, leather jackets. The Dolls faced the crippling realisation that they looked ridiculous in their satin scarves and thigh-high boots. The tide was turning.

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