Temple Bar, Dublin City
Temple Bar is located on Dublin’s south-side and lies between the Bank of Ireland (opposite Trinity College) and Christchurch. Unlike the majority of Dublin city, it has maintained it’s medieval street pattern, complete with cobbled, narrow streets. It is thought the area gets its name from a Sir William Temple, a provost of Trinity College in the 17th century, who once had a house and gardens on the land. Initially a place where numerous skilled and talented craftsmen and artisan dwelled, the 19th century saw the area decline, and with continued neglect by the 20th century was suffering from urban decay, with numerous properties lying vacant.
However, its fortunes would soon change and a new identity began to emerge when in the 1970’s, CIE (the national transport authority) bought up large sections of land, with the view to building a bus depot there. They rented buildings to young, up-and-coming artists, musicians, book and clothes shops on cheap, short-term leases and the area quickly became a hip, alternative area, with galleries, restaurants, pubs and clubs following suit. CIE abandoned their plans and today it is a vibrant quarter of Dublin, bustling and lively, with tourists and locals mixing happily together.
Numerous cultural institutions are located here including the Irish Film Centre and the Irish Photography Centre, and there are several markets held here on the weekends, with the Designer Mart (held on Saturdays) a particular favourite of Tourireland. There you can find the very best of locally produced goods from cheese to jewellery.
This section of Dublin is a must see, eats, retail, a traditional music session or just people watching you will find it all in Temple Bar! So during daytime, take your time for a stroll along the old streetsand during nighttime discover Dublin's most lively Pub culture.
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