Appetite For Distraction: Dublin's cultural drain

The impending closure of the Bernard Shaw is yet another nail in the coffin of Dublin’s fading reputation as a colourful, vibrant city

15th September, 2019
The Bernard Shaw: home for 13 years to pitchers of Buckfast, day-long sessions and innovative food offerings Pic: Fergal Phillips

Another week, another Dublin institution lost. This time it’s the much-loved Richmond Street pub the Bernard Shaw, home for 13 years to pitchers of Buckfast, day-long sessions, the innovative food offerings at Beatyard and countless golden memories for its loyal patrons.

The “hotelisation” of Dublin has been widely and exhaustively documented at this point. Cultural hubs and meeting places are being wiped out in favour of eye-wateringly priced student accommodation, identikit bars and hotel...

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