Recently I placed a number of posts lamenting the forlorn appearance of Barrack Street, with many shops boarded up, weeds growing all around and a general air of decay hanging in the air.
To underline the point I also featured a number of posts on Cork City centre where a number of shiny new buildings now stand and a river boardwalk provides an ideal setting to take a latte or cappuccino beside the River Lee as it flows on down to the sea.
I am a fan of Barrack Street, it has a character all of its own, combining old pubs, where Jack Russells wander in and out, with the ebb and flow of a vibrant student population; University College Cork is just up the road. There is a lovely bohemian coffee shop / second hand bookshop called Alchemy while it is difficult to beat Tom Barry’s and its excellent beer garden.
It is a shame that so many properties along the street have fallen into decay but I am convinced that this area is ripe for development. In my view the challenge is to bring in the new and yet retain the character and vibe of this old traditional street.
Coming back in 10, or even 5, years time it will be interesting to see how much has changed.