22 thoughts on “Very Continental Altogether

    1. Kim The Cardassian

      Yeah right. DCC should be changing their archaic rules and be promoting this kind of thing. Bunch of wasters

    1. Slightly Bemused

      I was delighted to see that picture reflected the opposite of a certain continental approach. I was once in a major city almost overrun with little old ladies and their smaller dogs – a lot of Jackies, too. But they let their bundles of joy get on the street and refused to pic it up. Then letting their dogs who are running in that from other dogs jumping onto chairs just like this. Later, I may wish to sit on that chair.
      Fair dues to the terrier’s human for putting a protectiondown, even from our much cleaner streets.

  1. bejasus

    why is eating outdoors such a big deal to people.
    why is it seen as being so culturally significant.
    the smugness of it all.
    Ive seen Cork referred to as little Venice recently.

  2. d

    is hipster south williams street pedestrianised permanently now.? save for what i expect to be deliveries of smashed avacado and gin by working class truck delivery drivers.

    1. JEH

      You mean expensive German made SUVs crawling into the parking structures so they can shop on Grafton street. That’s who the roads are left for. BT objected to wider pedestrianization. As if anyone in power actually gave a flip about working class delivery drivers.

    2. TypeONegative

      The whole area from Exchequer street down to the Stephens Green shopping centre ought to be closed to traffic from like 8am.
      Every time someone makes noises about pedestrianisation of streets, various localised lobby groups get up in arms about traffic or deliveries or taxi access.
      If you’re driving through the city centre and you’re still using the pokey streets that by rights should be pedestrianised by now, you’re commuting wrong. And very few people need to park their car that far within what are mostly shopping and socialising areas, sheer laziness.

  3. GiggidyGoo

    December/January will be fun, clothed in furry boots, three jumpers, duffel coats, triple incontinence pants etc.

    1. SB

      I enjoyed a lovely bottle of red with my wife outside a cafe in Paris in temperatures of around -15 after the Ireland-France rugby match was cancelled in 2012

  4. Hector Rameriz

    Remember when Michael McDowell (as part of the PDs) wanted a cafe culture to take off… only took a pandemic

  5. Tarfton Clax

    It works in all other European countries. ALL OF THEM. Richer ones. Poorer ones. Hotter ones. Colder ones. Wetter ones. Drier ones. Windier ones, less windy ones. Bigger cities, Smaller cities. Capital cities. Secondary cities (like Cork)

    What is so special/outré about Ireland that the conditions make it impossible for this to happen here? People eat outdoors in November in Iceland. We do not live somewhere colder than Finland. Are we perhaps.. Snowflakes? or just afraid of the possibility of them?

    1. Mr .T

      We’re all very focused on negative rights here in Ireland, such as –
      “That cafe doesn’t have the right to have tables on MY public footpath”
      “That pub shouldn’t be allowed to have outdoor seating on a pedestrianised road – that should be for cars to facilitate me driving and double parking outside the the shop while i pop in for a newspaper and lotto tickets”

        1. Rob_G

          I imagine that they do, but I’d be surprised if they have judges over there paying out funny money for grazed knees like we do over here.

          1. Rob_G

            It’s not the insurance industry (well, not just the insurance industry), it’s the cost of settling/defending legal cases. Insurance companies that previously insured things like outdoor events and some niche sports (roller derby, for one) have pulled out of the Irish market altogether in the last few years – so, not rapacious in that case, as they are making zero euros from this in the end.

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