Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5: 41 ‘a battered, beaten, broken shell’

With the Provost’s House in front of you, turn right and head up Grafton Street itself towards Stephens Green and all along the way there are now the shells of the shops that lined this prestigious thoroughfare. Once smug Brown Thomas, the department store of choice, is now a battered, beaten, broken shell – four […]

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Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5: 40 ‘The Provost’s House’

The Provost’s House sits at No.1 Grafton Street, where the city’s main shopping thoroughfare meets College Green and Nassau Street. Built in 1789 this splendid piece of Georgian urban architecture has hosted the visits from countless dignitaries from all around the world. Now, however, this once proud building has suffered the utter indignity of being […]

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Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5: 39 ‘churning crowds and bloated cadavers’

As vast crowds of slaves set about removing the walls of the College, thousands of others filled Front Square and proceeded to remove the cobblestones and decorative borders. As you can imagine, such massive acts of cultural vandalism forced a new chaos to settle heavily on all proceedings and the already flooded parts of Trinity […]

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Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5: 38 ‘Sphere with Sphere’

The demolition of Trinity College also continued apace. The bronze globe that has sat outside Trinity’s Berkeley Library since 1982, Arnaldo Pomodoro’s ‘Sphere with Sphere,’ was worked loosed from its plinth and rolled across Front Square where it was then used as a wrecking ball to demolish Front Gate and splinter the wooden doors into […]

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Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5: 34 ‘With ropes and crowbars’

Forced to continue working beneath powerful searchlights and volleys of gunfire, the hapless group on the Minot Tower made a major breakthrough the next day when the foundations of the spire itself were worked loose and the Tower began to come away from its perch. With ropes and crowbars the group began to remove the […]

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Inteachán – Book Five: The Tallest Tower Crane 5: 32 ‘Blunting chisels on the bricks’

Thousands of hands all hammering and hurting as the walls of St. Patrick’s Cathedral put up their greatest resistance to the throngs now forced to pulled this building to the ground. Crowds swarming forward, climbing high and falling from ladders. Blunting chisels on the bricks but not stopping; using the handles to get the job […]

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