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Well that’s that. Quite frankly, we’re all cried out here. Many thanks to everyone who sent in pix.
Broadsheet hearts 2009.
1. Anglo Irish Bank, Stephen’s Green: ‘Nope. Still there.’ (Klepto)
2. Bentleys TownHouse Restaurant, Stephen’s Green: ‘Ah, Bentleys. More of a Skoda, really!’ (Gastronaut)
3. McDonald’s, Bray Town Hall: ‘It’s still there but I try to pretend it’s not. “Come Friendly recession and fall on Maccers, For turning tastebuds into knackers”. Thank yew.’ (The Harbour Barfly)
4. St Luke’s, Drumcondra: ‘Bertie Ahern’s old constituency office. You can still see where the tentacles used to burrow into the underbelly of Irish society.’ (CupboardGirl)
5. Hughes & Hughes, Dundalk: ‘Good news here. It reopened earlier this month!’ (orig. Kenneth Wilson)
6. Dell, Limerick: ‘When the carpark was full’. (DirtyDog)
7. Nirvana Headshop, Capel St, Dublin: ‘Nnnnnngh, coz now we’ve all had to go back on de geear!’ (Seamus Hayes)
8. The Montrose Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin: ‘Now owned by Nama or should I say us!’ (Stephen Devine)
9. Premier Blinds, Bray, Wicklow: ‘Gone. And now there’s a ‘cash for gold’ place there. Sad. Sad. Sad.’ (Mountaineer)
10. Leon Cafe, Wicklow Street, Dublin: ‘Great coffee, cosy atmos, overpriced cakes. RIP’ (MarsupialFeatures)
11. Road Records, Fade St., D2: ‘Downloads or High-fidelity style snobbery?’ (Sonic)
12. The Bridge Tavern B&B, Wicklow: ‘The only pub I know that hasn’t rebranded or simply changed management’ (Kealan Blaney)
13. Bang Cafe, Merrion Row, Dublin: ‘Bang, boom back’ (The GF)
14. Starbucks, Dalkey: ‘The famous Dalkey Starbucks.’ (Stephen)
15. Mint, Ranelagh, Dublin: Dylan McGrath’s old restaurant. The first place we thought of when we came up with this idea.
16. The Elysian, Cork: ‘Ireland’s tallest building. Michael O’Flynn’s luxury apartment complex opened September 2008. (ouch). Could not have been a worse time’. (Barney Magee)
17. Budget Travel, Bachelor’s Walk, Dublin: ‘All gone. This one’s a discount bookshop now.’ (Karl M)
18. The Irish Glass Bottle Site, Dublin: ‘The ultimate folly and the straw that broke the tiger’s back’. (Dirty Dog)
19. EP Mooney, Naas Road, Dublin: ‘Showrooms and forecourt empty now’ (Gobnait O’Lunacy)
20. Morrissey’s Family Butchers, Wexford Street, Dublin: ‘Just because it had been there for donkey’s. No pun intended, not getting at anything there’. (Suzanne Kirk)