Changing Dublin


Photographer and filmmaker David Jazay tweetz:

Now “The Moy”, Dorset Street, Dublin 1 is gone, too. Oh, the speed at which Dublin is losing her built heritage… Most of the places I have photographed since 2014 are now demolished or changed beyond recognition.


David Jazay

34 thoughts on “Changing Dublin

  1. Rob_G

    I mean… there is nice ‘built heritage’ like Georgian townhouses; this is non-descript square concrete kip. I think that we should make the most of any opportunity to tear down any two-storey buildings within a mile of O’Connell St so that they can be replaced with something that makes better use of the limited space that we have.

  2. Joan Burton

    A sad loss – tear face emoji
    It looked so inviting and homely.
    Why must we progress as a society and regenerate derelict buildings, Dublin won’t be Dublin without empty lots, tumbledown buildings and rubbish blowing down the streets !

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      Yup. That place looks manky. Might’ve been a nice pub but I’m not going to cry at the loss of a pebble-dashed box like dah.

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          I do, unless it involves sad stuff on telly. I cry at the drop of a hat at anything. DIY SOS? Gone. Before it even gets sad, in anticipation. Big gulping ugly sobs.

          1. Bertie Blenkinsop

            I’m compelled beyond my will to watch that every time it’s on, the work they do is fantastic, makes you count your blessings when you see other people’s problems.

  3. JEH

    When I lived on Dorset street, I always loved the name of the pub, but in terms of derelict design, the adjacent building is more interesting. However, neither represent “built heritage” in any contemporary sense; both buildings have been abandoned, succumbing to the forces of nature for at least 7 years and very probably longer than that. By the author’s logic, the same argument could be made for every crumbling, unoccupied, lot in Dublin. Lamenting such losses to the landscape is the prerogative of privilege. If you haven’t got a home or affordable rent I’m certain their destruction is a “sacrifice” you’d be willing to make.

      1. bisted

        …the house to the right is a really sad loss…typical of the Georgian terraces around Dorset Street and 7 Eccles Street made famous in Ulysses. Joe’s photograph from 1969 shows it to be the birthplace of Richard Brindsley Sheridan…any other city would cherish and restore such buildings…

        1. scottser

          Apparently not, they didnt start the modern numbering of dorset st till after he was born. Sheridans gaff was demolished in the 19thc to make room for the friary.

          1. Cú Chulainn

            Actually, if you wander further down (west) on the left, the very grand, and totally dilapidated, front steps and portico of Sheridans home still stand. Remarkably.

    1. Col

      Derelict in 2006 and demolished in 2018.
      “the speed at which Dublin is losing her built heritage” – Nonsense

      1. Nullzero

        Hipsters getting foggy eyed over derelict pubs they would have been violently assaulted in had they tried to go in and order one of their gluten free wheet beers(I know its for comic effect). Kip gets torn down, wonderful news. Here’s to continued progress and regeneration.

  4. Paulus

    Looks like The Moy shed a storey along the way:
    Did something similar happen years ago to The Big Tree further up Dorset Street?

    1. The Old Boy

      I think you are right. Interestingly, the current plans to re-develop the Big Tree include re-building the lost top storey.

    2. Cian

      There was a brief enough period of a rates scam of ripping the roof off, hopefully tarring/felting the floor if you didn’t want the entire building to rot; and having the building declared uninhabitable. You could still use the lower floors somehow. That usually did the upper floor in so badly it had to go . May have been what happened here, and with many others around the city.

  5. McVitty

    Isn’t it all part of progress to discard our old selves? If we start prioritising some things as culturally worthy of preservation, we will sure become hateful bigots. The march of progress only knows one direction.

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