A Liberties Revival


Business, Life

“At last the huge upsurge in commercial property development in Dublin is beginning to ripple into a long-decaying former heartland of Dublin business, The Liberties.

That ripple, which is in part due to the area’s tourist attractions, is expected to accelerate thanks not alone to wider residential and commercial demand but also to two key projects – the National Children’s Hospital and Diageo’s St James Quarter (SJQ) on its Guinness site.

Located between Patrick St and James Hospital and between the Liffey and Tenters on Clanbrassil St, the last census showed The Liberties as home to as many as 23,000 people. Over the next few years, its residents are about to be joined by thousands of tourists as well as thousands of students.”

The pace of redevelopment around Thomas Street, Newmarket, and now at the former Grand Canal Harbour and close to St James’s Hospital is the focus for a piece by Donal Buckley in the Irish Independent on 24th January 2018. The feature highlights some of the new student housing scheme opening or permitted for the area, new hotels, a growing base of high quality office accommodation and a slow but steady increase in residential development.

Its a very significant turnaround for one of Dublin’s most historic neighbourhoods, one that had its fair share of challenges in recent decades.

Read the full article here.

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