Hopefully we can Save some of our History, Moore Street was a big part of the War of Independence.

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1916 group’s vision for Moore Street

Artist’s impression of Moore Street as a new cultural quarter

Artist’s impression of Moore Street as a new cultural quarter

January 14 2021 02:30 AM


Campaigners hoping to regenerate Dublin’s historic Moore Street have released an artist’s impression of their proposed master plan that would pave the way for the area to become a historic heritage quarter.

The images, released yesterday, are what campaigner Patrick Cooney of the Save 16 Moore Street Committee and the 1916 Relatives Group described as “just a sneak preview to get people interested”.

The project was commissioned by the campaigners following consultations with Irish architectural firms and planning consultants to transform the area into a mixed-use district combining retail, residential and heritage features.

Neglect

“They believe the master plan will not only reverse decades of official neglect but also act as a catalyst for the future regeneration of the city’s north side,” Mr Cooney said.

The project would involve the State using a compulsory purchase order to buy the historic 1916 terrace and other buildings where the GPO garrison fled and eventually surrendered during the Easter Rising.

“Apartments and small business incubator units will sit alongside specifically designated cultural venues and the 1916 revolution trail,” Mr Cooney said.

New builds including apartments will be carefully woven into the architectural scale and style of the existing site.”

The committee will meet with Heritage Minister Darragh O’Brien in the coming weeks to discuss the proposal with an advisory group that is looking at developing the Moore Street battleground as a historic cultural quarter.

Mr Cooney told the Herald the Moore Street area had suffered from “50 years of neglect, dereliction and bad planning decisions”.

“These buildings are of national importance,” he said. “We can’t allow them to decay any longer.”

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