Dublin could be heaven: Frank McDonald reimagines the capital – The Irish Times

WILL THE PROFOUND CHANGES IN RETAIL, TOURISM AND WORK CAUSED BY THE PANDEMIC ALLOW US TO CREATE A BETTER CITY FOR EVERYONE TO LIVE AND WORK IN?

It was a viral video clip of raucous revellers in Oliver St John Gogarty’s, punching the air as they joined a band banging out the chorus of Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline, that led to a voluntary closure of pubs in Temple Bar on the weekend before St Patrick’s Day. After the Covid-19 lockdown, only the local pharmacy remained open, and Dublin’s drinking quarter had become so eerily silent that Luigi, our long-time neighbour from Naples, found it “so quiet now that I can’t sleep”.

A different kind of Dublin must surely be in prospect as a result of this pandemic. Those of us who live in the heart of the city can barely believe how uncluttered the streets have become as a result of

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