Saturday, December 31, 2011
New Year's Eve
This is the stage being set up for Dublin's official New Year's Eve celebration on College Green. There are lots of events going on over the weekend, with full details available on nyedublin.ie.
There was quite a bit of discussion during 2011 of converting the College Green branch of Bank of Ireland into a cultural centre. I think that's quite unlikely to happen, at least for now, but it's interesting to see the building used for an event like today's. I wonder if the Bank are heading off the possible demand for such a conversion of use by co-operating in providing support for events? And to speculate further, is College Green starting to function as Dublin's main street or main square? O'Connell Street's recent makeover hasn't really changed its character; College Green by contrast was the setting for Barack Obama's address to the Irish people.