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The Business Post spent Thursday and Friday night on O’Connell Street to witness life in the city centre after darkness falls

A member of An Garda Síochána walks down Westmoreland Street, Dublin city centre. Picture: Norma Burke

O’Connell Street begins the slow, languorous process of winding down somewhere between 6pm and midnight.

In the hours after 6pm, as the Business Post observed on Thursday and Friday last week, tourists, commuters and shoppers begin to filter out of the surrounding streets into buses and hotels and pubs. Delivery riders clown around waiting for orders under the shadow of Daniel O’Connell, and the sun very gradually sets.

What’s left behind, after the majority of ...