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Shop till you drop
This is the place to go wandering through when visiting Dublin. Not only does it have its own landmark (a 200 foot spire) so you do not get lost, it is also a hive of activity.
There are literally hundreds of shops of all sorts. But you must visit Carrols Irish gift shop, you will find everything Irish related in their, and the shop also contains an internal Guinness Shop - for everything Guinness related (really?)
The spire in the centre - which the locals call "The Stiletto in the Ghetto" is pretty amazing. It is made from polished metal - but we noticed in cold weather and the sun is not on it, it looks just like concrete!
It looks like every bus in Ireland passes through O'Connell street, so if you are after a bus - start here.
It is worth trying to explorer every street coming off O'Connell, as there are loads to see.
One thing O'Connell street does not seem to be short of (apart from buses) are Internet Cafe's. There is literally one every other shop. Most are around 1 euro per hour.
- Arts and Culture
O Connell Street
O Connell Streer is the main throughfare in Dublin, and houses tons of shops, banks and historical sights, including the GPO (General Post Office), the new Spire and various statues......However when I visited in March the place looked dreadful, they are undertaking so much work it just looks a real mess at the moment! Hopefully the work will be completed soon and it will be back to the scenic street that it once was!!
- Historical Travel
- Business Travel
Dublin's central boulevard
Right now - summer 2004 - O'Connell Street still looks like a bit of a construction site, with work on the new tram system, the Luas, disrupting both car and foot traffic, and making some side streets, especially Middle Abbey Street, partially impassable. But it's improving rapidly and it's well worth persisting, because O'Connell Street is one of Dublin's essential thoroughfares, even if it's seen much better days. There's little of the glamour of the Champs-Elysées here: some of the storefronts, especially the bag shop in a former cinema, are distinctly tatty, but O'Connell Street is home to the General Post Office, the GPO, a key point of pilgrimage for anyone interested in Ireland's independence struggle, since it was the symbolic heart of the Easter Rising in 1916. The street itself is filled with statues of important figures in 19th and early twentieth century Irish history: Daniel O'Connell, at the Liffey end of the street, further up 'Big' Jim Larkin, and at the top, where the street becomes Parnell Square, Charles Stewart Parnell. The new crowning glory is of course the Spire, originally the Millennium Spire, but delayed until 2003 because of planning disputes. It's one of those things that you have to see, if only to be able to make up your mind about it. Some local wits quickly dubbed it the Spike, which may tell you something about its appearance!
This wide bustling shopping street is north of the Liffey. Personally I found it disappointing for such an historic place. Two monuments dominate the street - nearest the bridge is Daniel O'Connell himself who achieved Catholic emancipation, and at the other end a hero of mine, Charles Stewart Parnell, who so nearly achieved home rule. In the middle is a Millenium sculpture - the fine needle. In it is the General Post Office of which more later.
- Historical Travel
The banks of the river Liffey have held settlements for thousands of years. Danish Vikings founded a fortified town they called Dubh Linn, "the black pool". Dublin celebrated its millennium in 1988. The city's Celtic origin still rings in the Irish name: Baile Atha Cliath, "the town of the hurdle ford".
Dublin is a European metropolis, but whereas most other capitals have expanded into inhuman proportions, Dublin is still friendly and easy accessible. You may get around on foot, from the famous O'Connell Bridge, connecting the north districts with the throbbing city centre, to the dignified Trinity College, the busy shops on Grafton Street and the lush St Stephen's Green.
You may eat dishes from the entire world, you may look at the most precious artefacts, you may buy books and records, and anything you want is available. Wherever you may go, you'll be delighted to feel the living pulse of the city, and you'll meet friendly people who still may offer you a smile.
O'Connell's street is a main street in Duublin. Its quite nice, and by my experience everything worth seeing / doing is nearby it. Just hop on a city tour bus and do the tour. You'll see EVERYTHING...
This is Dublin's main street.
I've often heard it sais that it is the widest street in Europe, but I'm not sure if that is true.
It is certainly not the nicest street in Dublin either from an architectural point of view or from any type of ambience.
It is dominated by the G.P.O. which is a very fine building indeed and was the place that the Irish Republic was first proclaimed in 1916.
The City Council has promised amazing improvements in the coming years.
Hopefully they will take place.
This is the most notable street north of the Liffey and was once even more elegant than Grafton Street. Many of the classical buildings that once lined O'Connell Street were destroyed in the Easter Rising of 1916 when Patrick Pearse and others opposed to British rule made a declaration of Irish independence. However, there are still some grand surviving structures such as the General Post Office, which still has bullet holes from the revolution on the portico. There are also some interesting statues, most impressive of which is the Daniel O'Connell monument near the river and the O'Connell bridge.
OK, I know O'Connell St is a bit manky looking at the moment, what with all the roadworks, trashy signs, but it did look nice once upon a time. It's Dublin's main street, considered to be the city centre. All distances from Dublin are measured from the GPO on O'Connell St....bet you didnt know that, did ya? :-)
It's a long street and down the aisle, you will see statues dedicated to important irish figures like CS Parnell, Jim Larkin. Now we also have the Spike, which doesnt mean anything to anybody!
- Budget Travel
Walk along O'Connell Street.
This is the main road on the north side of the Liffey. It is lined with fast food places and souvineer shops. There isn't much in the way of shops to interest tourists, but the Central Post Office is the one major highlight. It was at the centre of the Irish independence struggle.
There are some interesting, but uncared for sculptures on this road. In the middle of it there is one representing the Liffey as a reclining female in a sort of multi-tiered trough that one expects was supposed to have water cascading down it. It is empty and full of rubbish. There is a statue of Joyce on the easter side of the road to look out for.
O'Connell Street. It's such a...
O'Connell Street. It's such a wide street (according to some cab drivers the widest street in Europe) that you constantly think you're in a square. Shop shop shop until you drop.
Not a chocolate milkshake around if you desperately need one.
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