BARNARDO SQUARE ON DAME STREET

BARNARDO SQUARE ON DAME STREET

Until recently I was not sure if this space had a specific name but I now know that it is known as Barnardo Square but I do not know why it is so named. It should be noted that there was a park at this location which featured three statues with a history but they were moved to the public park at Kings Inns.

One feature that I found to be very distracting is the ugly fire escape featuring an unattractive gate.

According to the City Council "Barnardo Square "may" get a makeover to enliven the space with tables-and-chairs and trees on one side, which would free up the centre to be used as an events space from time to time." My photographs do show some tables and chairs but they are less than attractive.

Barnardo Square, as it is today, is less than fifteen years old. It was created as part of the development of an adjacent office building, both of which were designed by the Spanish architecture firm MBM.

Back in 2007 Paul Clerkin of Archiseek described the new office block as "Robocop on Dame Street" while Frank McDonald wrote in the Irish Times that, "It may even be the most detested new addition to the city."

My own opinion is that it is, at best, bleak, and unattractive.

At one corner of the Square is Palace Street the shortest street in Dublin.
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