Tuesday, February 19, 2008

35 Mountpleasant Square, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

Get your head around this one. One of the most expensive parts of the city (the fiefdom of the ex Minister for Justice, and the scene of many a gushing Celtic-Tiger gushing lifestyle piece, harping on about the wonderful selection of restaurants and cafes on the main street), and one of the most desirable addresses in that area - with a blistering eyesore of a derelict gaf sitting on its corner. I remember my mam telling me that when she moved to Dublin first in the 70's, this square had something of a shit name. I imagine it was probably all subdivided into flats for poor miserable bearded students, all paying overpriced rent into the hands of the same fat Garda who reputedly owned half of Dublin 6 up until the mid 90's (ok, possible urban legend). We really need to get our hands on a Thom's Directory here to name and shame the owners. This could be a nice large family home, and surely its worth a million euro or so, yet here it is sitting idly by, boarded up and turning slowly to shit. CPO! CPO!
(Thanks to S for the heads up on this one. Apologies for the delay but we rarely venture south of the river - the people over there speak with forked tongue, and it makes us feel poor)

8 comments:

Cfredp said...

http://www.dublincity.ie/WaterWasteEnvironment/DerelictSites/Pages/ReportDerelictSite.aspx

National Disgrace said...

This was recently burnt out too.. great house.

YogiNZ said...

I used to live there in 2001-2002. There were many problems with this place then and the landlord was just sitting on it doing what he had to to get the rent. Such a shame as it was a fantastic location.

JR said...

I worked on the last census around Rathmines and could never get anybody to come to the door of this place... Was convinced there was still someone in there but I could have been wrong.

I'm not living out that part of town anymore. It's sad to see this place go downhill even more.

A. Kelly said...

This square is one of the nicest addresses in Dublin, so you tend to notice an eyesore like that. Thankfully while on my walk last week I noticed scaffolding around the entire building--so it looks like the owner either finally got off their bum or someone was smart enough to snatch it up and refurbish it. I am very pleased either way that someone is making the investment.

BJQuigley said...

Thanks for photographing this house.
Our anchestor Surgeon Thomas Haswell Quigley retired there in 1853 having been a Senior Surgeon with the Royal Arillery. Shame to see it in such a state. Has anyone renovated it by now?
B Quigley

jess said...

Hi Quigley, someone has been renovating this house for the last few months now, its shaping up really nicely. Will be worth a fair few bob when its finished I'd say.

mike ryan said...

I rented there back in 1985 Miss o Brian was the land lady,she passed away in 2000 sold it for song ! there was over 6 flats in the house all out side toilets ! Miss O brian kept it rather clean! pity its falling down mike melbourne