Twenty-four projects were supported by this year’s Shopfront Improvement Scheme across the South West Inner City neighbourhoods of The Liberties, Inchicore, Kilmainham and Dolphin’s Barn and Rialto. The scheme, which has operated since 2015, is run by Dublin City Council’s South Central Area Offfice.
Among this year’s projects were:
- repainting and repairs to shopfronts on Francis Street and Meath Street, such as Jayne’s Hairsalon, Connaught Antiques and DHR Communications, and smartening up repaints for Arthur’s Public House and The Thomas House on Thomas Street
- A more sympathetic refurbishment of the protected frontage of Summer Inn Takeaway on Thomas Street, including reinstating the original window arrangement and adding more refined signage
- a major refurbishment of sash windows on 32 Francis Street, which was recently occupied by Tent Engineering
- conservation work to the spire of St Andrew’s Resource Centre in Rialto
- a signwriting project with Fumbally Exchange in Blackpitts
- and shopfront and heritage sign refurbishment at 45 Meath Street as part of the conversion of the property to residential use.
The Shopfront Improvement Scheme provides businesses, community groups or other occupants of ground floor commercial units support funding of up to €3,000 towards projects that either upgrade or maintain shopfronts on the area’s commercial streets.
In all, the 2023 scheme spurred over €160,000 of investment in property by owners and occupiers of commercial premises, helping to keep our main streets looking their very best.