The Bernard Shaw is just Dublin’s latest casualty

The Bernard Shaw is just Dublin’s latest casualty
The Bernard Shaw bar on South Richmond Street: its impending closure has sparked a lively debate over what kind of city Dublin should be Pic: Fergal Phillips

There was widespread anger at last week’s news that the lively Richmond Street hostelry is to close its doors. But, as Dublin city’s history shows, the boho hipsters and avant garde set will always find new haunts in which to survive and thrive

The Stephen’s Green Centre in Dublin 2 is a fiercely busy spot, with locals and tourists bustling in and out with bags of shopping. Groceries from Dunnes Stores, perhaps, or a going-out top from TK Maxx, or a gadget from Argos.

But some of the more venerable folk dodging crowds at the entrance will remember what was there before the substantial retail complex. They recall the Dandelion Market in all its tatty, freewheeling glory: its...

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