Sunday, January 6, 2008

7 Myrtle Street, Broadstone, Dublin 7


I wonder if derelict houses have a gender. I imagine with some degree of certainty that the owners are inevitably male. This impression doesnt come from looking at the derelict sites registers and seeing the names are those of men; its more from a general sensation that without the loving, caressing, gentle female touch that the owners eventually stop giving a fuck about the things that they have, and find themselves (or their houses) falling down into this spiral of regret, decay, self-destruction, with scant regard for the concerns of others. Or maybe its not that the owners or houses are male, maybe its just that they're of either gender, but lonely and isolated in the city where they find themselves, in need someone to come and take them in their hands, reassure them that everything will be OK, that any surface damage or serious structural physical defects inflicted during a rough period of dereliction can be repaired, regenerated... that there is some love there still which can inject life and succour back to where there was once none... This small cottage is located in the little warren of streets near the Blessington Street Basin. Myrtle Street is the continuation of Wellington Street, off Dorset St.

6 comments:

Jim said...

It's a crying shame that lovely little houses like these... houses that once were homes... are allowed to go to wrack and ruin.

You're doing a great job of keeping the plight of these important bits of old Dublin in the public eye.

Paul said...

i grew up next 2 this house,there is a sad story behind that goes along with this house.im suprised its in as good a condition as it is!

Leonor said...
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Joe said...

Hi Leonor,

Do you think that the lady would be able to live here again if the house was done up for her? also, (if not) do you know if she would like to sell it before it goes beyond any hope of saving it?

humbug1 said...
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leinoroy said...

Great blog of rental apartment i grew up next 2 this house,there is a sad story behind that goes along with this house.im suprised its in as good a condition as it is.Thanks for sharing.........

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