A village under pressure

What happens when a long-settled urban area becomes the target of property developers? The residents and businesses of Donnybrook in Dublin 4 are beginning to find out

24th March, 2019
Seán Brennan, head of Donnybrook Tidy Towns: ‘The streetscape is changing, there’s no two ways about it’ All pictures: Maura Hickey

There’s a joke doing the rounds in Donnybrook at the moment, one which is told to people passing through who ask about the village. “It’s interesting they took Ailesbury Road off the Monopoly board, and yet we see Monopoly being played out here,” says Seán Brennan, chairperson of the area’s Tidy Towns committee.

Brennan isn’t the only local keen to make the observation. The village...

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