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The Castle

What if we …

See this location as the centrepiece of orientation for visitors wanting to explore the route. This is a place of encounter where they are welcomed, advised and invited to experience a truly exceptional proposition. They will discover a series of transformed indoor and outdoor spaces – a state of the art welcome facility housed in the redesigned ground floor space of the existing building and outdoors, a fluid, flexible and unique event space. We see the development of this space as an opportunity to achieve a number of things – to bring the citizen and visitor together; to align the contemporary with the ancient; to bring the City’s tradition in the visual arts and culture together with its flair in digital technology and communication to creatively map the visitor journey in space and time and perhaps introduce some playfulness.

  • Transform the square from a space of potential to a place of interaction
  • Create a new civic space of high quality … restore the integrity of this location
  • Develop a state of the art visitor welcome and route orientation facility … probably the only opportunity to do this within the medieval core of the City
  • Create a venue …a hub, a meeting space, an events location
  • Animate the scene …night and day

The creation of a major public space on Ship Street south of the dramatic stretch of the City Walls, which extends from Dublin Castle, is proposed in the Framework Plan for Ship Street/Werburgh Street. The new space is a dramatic urban intervention aimed at enhancing an appreciation of the City Walls and also the south entrance to Dublin Castle.

We need to implement aspects of the Framework Plan in particular

  • A new civic space at Ship Street Little
  • The City Wall Walk linking Dublin Castle, Geneval’s Tower and Ross Road

Bring the stories to life …

  • St Werburg’s
  • Geotag archaeological archives and embed digitally in the physical space … show photographs of archaeological excavations
  • Dam Gate, east entrance to Walled City … graphic panel, iconic marker
  • Medieval City Wall, Ship Street
  • Ghost of G-Man shot in ‘40 Steps’ … Castle Street down to Ship Street Lower
  • Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968), Freeman of Dublin & Honorary Citizen of Ireland … how his International Collection of Art ended up in Dublin Castle
  • Bram Stoker
  • Reads, Parliament Street … oldest shop in Dublin … re-enact how it was used for buying swords and guns; guns used to be tested in the back alley of the shop
  • Medieval Pillory … erect Pillory outside Castle Inn
  • Poddle Estuary, corner of Medieval Walls, Isolde’s Tower, Grattan Bridge, first link to emerging northside … Beginning of links to northside other bridges
  • Viking Longstone

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