We know Temple Bar as a place filled with tourists, musicians and expensive pints. It is a place which divides Dubliners who wonder whether it’s somewhere they should feel proud or ashamed of. It’s also a place where people live and work.
How did it end up as such a melting pot of cultures? The Circular visited Claddagh Records, a traditional Irish record store based in Cecilia Street. Manager Jane Bolton explained that until the 1970s it was a run-down industrial area, but then CIÉ announced they would be turning it into a giant bus and DART station.
With demolition on the horizon nobody wanted to be based there except a few boutiques and art studios who loved the cheap rent. Above Claddagh Records was a recording studio used by U2. The threat of demolition is now long gone, and with no clear plan for Temple Bar it became a magnet for clubs and pubs.
Jane told us about some of the changes she has seen at Temple Bar: