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George's Street Arcade was the first purpose-built Victorian Shopping Centre in Dublin. It opened in 1881 as the South City Markets. The opening was a grand occasion and was well attended by the guests, lots of them being wealthy families with substantial property interests in the area. There were no native Dubliners on the guest list, which went down very poorly with the locals.
In 1892 the building was destroyed by fire. There were no fatalities, but it was devastating for the shop keepers who lost their shops and overhead homes. A relief fund was established, and the building was successfully restored, reopening in 1894.
Nowadays, the Arcade holds approximately fifty tenants varying in size. The shops include a wide variety of styles and purposes: high fashion and accessories, trendy funky gear, custom designed solid silver, costume jewellery, hair-styling, fortune telling, music, art, books, speciality ornaments, memorabilia, stamps and coin collections, cafés, general groceries and speciality foods.
Markets / Specialties
Grafton Street is one of the two principal shopping streets in Dublin city centre. It is considered Dublin's golden mile when it comes to shopping. In 2008, it was the fifth most expensive main shopping street in the world. In it, you can find the best brands of clothes and accessories. As well as street performers the whole day.
The street was named after Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Grafton, the illegitimate son of Charles II of England who owned land in the area. After O'Connell Bridge was built, Grafton Street turned from a fashionable residential street into a busy cross-city route. The pedestrianisation of Grafton Street was made official in 1988, ignoring the objections from councillors and small business owners.
Some exciting features you can find along the street are:
- A life-size bronze statue of Phil Lynott was unveiled on Harry Street, a side-street of Grafton Street, in August 2005.
- Bewley's Oriental Café, a Grafton Street institution since its opening in 1927, closed in 2004 and reopened in 2017.
- Brown Thomas, a renowned chain of Irish department stores.
- The opening scene of the film "Once" was recorded in Grafton Street.