Meanwhile, In Dún Laoghaire


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Conor Cooke writes:

“I missed most of the debate about this library [centre] due mainly to disinterest but Christ it is ugly and out of place…”


Previously: A ‘Monstrosity’

41 thoughts on “Meanwhile, In Dún Laoghaire

    1. Violet

      You’re doing this wrong, Eliot. You’re supposed to hate new architecture for about thirty years. Then someone will threaten to knock it down, and you write an article calling it the soul of the city.

  1. Ossian Smyth

    The view from the seafront on either side is the problem

    From the end of the pier, the building appears slender and the perspective helps it fit with the neighbouring buildings. The main visualisation presented to the public before this structure was built was from an angle at the end of the pier looking back at the town. Another angle shown was a rear three quarter, another slimming aspect.

    It’s built now so it’s time to make best use of it and to learn from the mistakes in the process where it was approved. It opens in the autumn.

    1. Randy Ewing

      Ah youre elected now Ossian Smyth, you can jump of this band wagon and back onto another, I see it didnt take the greens long to cozy back up with Dun Laoghaire FF !

      Seems not everyone learns from their msitakes………….

  2. Sinabhfuil

    Dun Laoghaire people hate the sea. Avoid having windows looking out on the sea if at all possible (Geragh does this well), and whatever you do, don’t open a cafe with a sea view.

    1. scottser

      the only problem is that it’s the ONLY angle it looks ok from. from side on it’s a big monolithic slab of 50’s east german ugliness.

  3. NotImpressed

    Another one of Owen Keegans legacies, started with roundabouts, moved up to parking , to a giant door stop (above) and then Gareth Brooks – Watch this space! Whats the next cause will he take on?

      1. NotImpressed

        formerly Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown go the call up to the big time for Dublin City council and definately made his mark there quickly!

          1. Medium Sized C

            GARTH BROOKS.
            Where you been?

            Also he wants to make one of the north quays traffic lanes a cycle lane.

      1. CousinJack

        The shops closed because DunLaoghaire services a small number of working class people who have no money to spend in the recession. Whereas Blackrock, Glenagearyand Dalkey that service the majority middle class in the area are stil viable and vibrant, despite and have much worse parking issues. Also Carrickmines and other retails parks have undermined Dun laoghaires retail viability.
        Parking in Dun Laoghaire isn’t a problem. I go there all the time to walk the pier, but I won’t dream of shopping or going out there in the evening.
        Library looks desperate from the sea.

        1. Randy Ewing

          Dun Laoghaire is surprisingly middle class , just walk up any side street and youre on a row of period house, mostly single family homes, the multi occupancy dwellings and their student / low paid besit dweller are vanishing and being replaced by middle class period home fanciers.

          Its just that dun laoghaire is so close to dalkey / monkstown / blackrock / glenageary that these families can easily travel to shop.

          the main street was left to rot by the landlords and retailers who found an easy enemy in keegan & the council.

          i work in the area and its only in the last few years that places to eat have sprung up, but forget about doing anything apart from go to the pub at 6pm , georges st is a ghost town.

  4. Drogg

    I like it. Plus it is a great facility for the area. But i expect no less then book burning being demanded by the borough that elected Mary Hanafin in GE14.

        1. Gav D

          All part of Dun-Laoghaire Rathdown, I guess. But she was certainly the Blackrock section. If you think Dun Laoghaire voters are contrary, Blackrock would put hairs on your chest!

  5. Medium Sized C

    That is actually an unusually nice picture of it.
    In that light, it doesn’t look so bad.
    It is so bad though.

    1. Randy Ewing

      I disagree, I live close by & work in dun laoghaire and think it looks good most of the time, as it appraoches completion it get better and better, then the park beside its finished it will look more part of the sea front.

      when you walk down from the main street to the side entrance it looks great and will open up that end of the main street which should keep the nay saying shop keepers happy as the preside over their poor variety of products

  6. Bosco

    Lads, did you not know that nobody from Dún Laoghaire wants anything built anywhere, we object to everything here in case we end up with outsiders spoiling our view of a private Yacht club.

  7. issiewissie

    Weird how this is such a shock, the library wasn’t exactly dropped from the sky in the middle of the night – how come no DL dwellers followed the planning process and made their concerns known then?

  8. Davey T

    Shall I tell you about Dun Laoghaire
    Where the people are heard to jeer
    A library for all to use
    Put up is destroying the views
    Of people who stand on the pier

  9. D

    I’ve really warmed to it. It is modern, makes good use of light and makes an big statement in 2014; that libraries and public spaces are just as important, dare I say more important than huge shopping malls.

  10. Kieran NYC

    “I missed most of the debate about this library [centre] due mainly to disinterest”

    So I didn’t bother my arse and now I don’t like it. Waaaaah.

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