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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!
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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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