Far and wide: how Dublin grew and blossomed from long-ago decisions

History; Georgian Dublin: The Forces that Shaped the City; By Diarmuid Ó Gráda; Royal Irish Academy

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer @whytebarry
24th January, 2016
A view of College Green in Georgian times

Well, the answer does not lie entirely in 21st-century decisions, surprisingly, but also in the decisions made more than 250 years ago in Georgian Dublin; a fact that becomes ever more obvious when you read Diarmuid Ó Gráda’s expansive and sweeping Georgian Dublin: The Forces that Shaped the City.

The vast majority of the decisions that affect Dublin today were made during the Georgian period, roughly understood to be between 1714 and...

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