Tuesday, December 18, 2007

70 Blessington Street, Dublin 7

I met someone recently enough who said that they lived in Blessington Street during the 80's, when it was dilapidated and grim, populated by smackheads and the Special Branch looking for republicans. There's a good few buildings on the verge of collapse around here which makes you wonder if the street's been stuck in a bit of a timewarp. Perhaps its the location that gives it that misery -further down the road everyone knows O'Connell Street is rapidly approaching, and nothing sags the heart more than a plethora of fast food joints and sportswear shops... This building is a par for the course post-Georgian three storey over basement house, currently boarded up at ground floor and basement level. Was probably subdivided into flats (like the rest of the others on the street) and if ever renovated would probably stay that way, I cant see it being attractive to D4 types who would buy the whole thing for a family residence. Shame. Could be very nice, the constant stream of traffic at your front door would inevitably grind anyone down though...

3 comments:

Jim said...

As an oul Dubliner I love your blog. I hope you don't mind but I have placed a link to it on my blog. Great work, well done!

Jim said...

Meant to say... have a look at Jim's Scratchings.. http://belclare.blogspot.com when you have time. That's where I put the link.

mar said...

59 BLESSINGTON STREET. IRIS MURDOCH WAS BORN THERE. WHAT HAPPENED TO IT