The Old City in Temple Bar is the most recent and exciting addition to Dublin City. Located in the West End of Temple Bar between Parliament Street and Fishamble Street and centred around a new pedestrian street, the Old City is a dedicated high end retail destination and features an exciting mix of high-quality fashion, interiors and leisure outlets, as well as a cafe, bakery, internet cafe and hair salon.
Alternative fashion first landed in Ireland on Crown Alley, Temple Bar, back in the 1980s and the small boutiques and specialist shops throughout Temple Bar still breathe that bohemian air. The recent development of the Old City retail district in the west end of Temple Bar has brought a new generation of retail to the area, Offering elegant interiors, handmade contemporary crafts, funky designwear and nordic design, and making it an essential style hub. Following are some of the outlets currently situated in Dublin's newest retail district:
|Interiors - Old City is home to six of Dublin's more unusual interiors stores and is a one-stop-shop for everything to do with stylish design.
20th Century Designs - Cow's Lane - Interiors
Irish Stairways - Essex Street West - Specialist Furniture
John Weldon Auctioneers ~ Cow's Lane ~ Antiques
John Weldon specialises in fine jewellery and Irish and English silver, both antique and modern. Fine art auctions are hosted monthly by the brother and sister team of John and Joan Weldon who continue a family tradition of antique expertise ~ firstname.lastname@example.org ~ www.johnweldonauctioneers.com
Kitchenhaus ~ Cow's Lane ~ Kitchens
German company Bulthaup is regarded as the leader in the market for design-oriented kitchens and were pioneers in the use of the food preparation island and the reinstatement of the kitchen as the center of the home. Garrett O'Hagan's Kitchenhaus showcases the Bulthaup kitchen range ~ email@example.com
Peter Johnson Interiors Ltd - Cow's Lane - Interiors
2cooldesign ~ Cow's Lane ~ Interiors
2cooldesign specialises in modern Scandinavian furniture. Run by dynamic Finnish duo Titta Isokuortti and Ulla Enkvist the company offers a full interior design service and a range of cutting edge furniture and interior accessories for both domestic and office use. They will shortly open a second retail location on East Essex Street ~
firstname.lastname@example.org ~ www.2cooldesign.ie
The Whichcraft Gallery ~ Cow's Lane ~ Craft/Interiors
The Whichcraft Gallery brings high quality contemporary Irish craft to street level and is one of Ireland's leading craft galleries. Over 200 artists are represented by owner Gerry Crosbie in the gallery which features a specialist jewellery balcony and a corporate gifts division along with an extensive range of quality Irish craft ~ email@example.com ~ www.whichcraft.com
|Fashion - Old City is home to some of the most creative and unusual fashion boutiques in Dublin as well as a top hair salon.
Campelli Design ~ Essex Street West ~ Fashion
Francis Campelli designs and makes a comprehensive range of fashion rainwear available ready to wear or custom made. This is the destination for bespoke outdoor clothing that is a match for the Irish climate - you will never need an umbrella again!
COM Hair Salon ~ Essex Street West ~ Hair
COM Hair Salon has relocated from Duke Street to Scarlet Row. Eric Mooney, brother of fashion hair stylist James Mooney started his own salon after training in London. Eric celebrates his 20th year in business this year. The salon offers a full range of styling services.
Claire Garvey ~ Cow's Lane ~ Fashion
Claire Garvey is an award-winning designer with a strong reputation for romantic and feminine clothing. All her garments are made on the premises using hand dyed fabrics and employing techniques learned on her Russian MA in costume design ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Smock ~ East Essex Street ~ Fashion
Smock is a quirky fashion boutique that stocks designers such as Veronique Branquino, Olivia Morris shoes, Scott Wilson jewellery and a range of cutting edge international labels.
Jewellery is also available from The Whichcraft Gallery and John Weldon.
5 Scarlet Row ~ Essex Street West ~ Fashion
This collaboration between footwear designer Eileen Shields and
curator/gallerist Vaari Claffey is an exciting departure in shopping, this
stores innovative interior combines an art gallery with retail, where
cutting edge style is discovered in footwear, clothing and art.
Beneath ~ 1 Music Hall ~ Fashion
Beneath specialises in the finest ladies and gents undergarments and all
other fashion accessories, including swimwear and nightwear.
Sanctum Skin Care Clinic ~ Unit 4 Scarlet Row ~ Beauty Treatment
Sanctum Skin Care Clinic provides an exclusive range of beauty treatments and products not currently available from any other source in Ireland.
|Good Food- There are two quality food destinations in Old City.
Bagel Haven - Cow's Lane - Café
The Bakery ~ Essex Street West ~ Food
A new concept bakery crafting fresh breads, pastries, cakes and sandwiches available to eat on site or take away. Watch Jimmy White and his team bake up a storm in their open kitchen, this is a bakery with attitude.
The Old City has substantial historical signficance, being the site where the Viking first settled in Dublin over 1,000 year ago. The street names conjure images of times gone by - Fishamble Street takes its name from the fish market located there in medieval times, Cow's Lane for the animals that were driven down from Dublin Castle to the river for transportation. Copper Alley dates back to the 13th Century, and there are substantial remains from that Anglo Norman period still visible in the area: most notably Isolde's Tower, the foremost defensive structure of the time, which formed part of the medieval walled city.
Archaeological excavations undertaken prior to the development of the Old City revealed much information on the originial Hiberno-Viking and Anglo-Norman settlements, Neal's Musick Hall and the original Smock Alley Theatre, one of the first theatres in Ireland, and for a time the most renowned in the British Isles. More information on these excavations can be obtained in the publications series produced by Linzi Simpson, archaeologist, and published by Temple Bar Properties. See Publications section for more information.
Culture has always played a special role in the history of the Old City and we have endeavoured to restore and protect the rich architectural and cultural heritage of the Old City, while developing a modern retail and residential area. The former Smock Alley Theatre was later incorporated into Ss Michael & John's Church, renovated during the development of the area. A new public courtyard nestled behind Scarlet Row has been designed to display the remaining foundation wall of Neal's Musick Hall, where Handel's Messiah was first performed in 1742. An annual commemorative performance is held on Fishamble Street annually on April 13th to celebrate this great musical occassion. Quite appropriately, the premises immediately adjacent to the former Musick Hall has been fully restored and is now occupied by the Contemporary Music Centre.
While steeped in history, the Old City is, however, a testament to modern Dublin also. The entire area is comprised of five superb integrated architectural schemes, featuring 24 commercial units, 191 apartments, two landscaped courtyards, and a unique environmentally-friendly district heating system. The CHP [Combined Heat and Power] heating system is an environmental innovation, capturing excess energy from the Civic Offices and redirecting this into the Old City. The environmental equivalent of planting 400 acres of rainforest, this system provides hot water for five hotels, all apartments and the retail outlets. For more information, please visit the Environment section of the site.
For more information on the Old City, please contact -
Temple Bar Properties
12 East Essex Street
t +353.1.677 2255
f +353.1.677 2525