Parnell Square Cultural Quarter - Public Consultation

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Parnell Square Cultural QuarterYour chance to have a say!

Update: Parnell Square Cultural Quarter Consultation Survey. This survey is one part of a public consultation process on the development of the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter, being undertaken on behalf of Dublin City Council. The survey will take no more than 15 minutes.


In early April 2013, Dublin's Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí announced a vision of a new cultural quarter for Dublin City - Parnell Square. A new City Library will be built beside the existing world-class Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and will offer a range of creative, participative and educational experiences. The civic plaza will connect the new library and Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, creating a new public space that those who live, work and visit Dublin can use, engage with and enjoy in the heart of the City.

Dublin City Council has engaged Green Hat to carry out an initial public consultation to ensure that the vision of a Cultural Quarter as a cultural space for all is realised. Focusing on the responses to the vision and the desired physical spaces for the area, the consultation will seek input and ideas on the provision of opportunities to learn, create and participate.


This dynamic and exciting project will inspire cultural, physical and economic regeneration and
will fulfil Dublin's ambitions for a 'Civic Spine', a route connecting the capital's key cultural &
historic sites with retail areas, from Parnell Square down O'Connell Street through College Green
to Christchurch, extending south to Kilmainham and eventually north to Grangegorman.

You are invited to attend one of the Café Conversations which will take place on the following

  • Thursday 30th May, 5.30pm - 9.00pm - Dublin City Library and Archive, 138 – 144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
  • Friday 31st May, 9.00am - 12.30pm - Wood Quay Venue, Civic Offices, Dublin 8
  • Wednesday 12th June, 9.00am - 12.30pm - Dublin City Library and Archive, 138 – 144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
  • Friday 14th June, 9.00am - 12.30pm - Teachers’ Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1 (Wheelchair access via Granby Lane)

Café Conversations are where people gather in an informal, café style setting for active and engaging conversations around a common issue or theme. Participants will have the chance to explore questions that matter, connect diverse perspectives and explore possibilities.

Please book your place by going to Please email us at the address below should you have any special requirements

For further information please email or call 048 677 23766.

Read previous post 'The Dublin City Library @ Parnell Square Cultural Quarter'


As a former business proprietor on Upper Dorset Street and local resident for over a decade & as someone who is now making the transition into the Cultural & Heritage Field, I can with all honesty say that unless the new 'Cultural Quarter'is regularly and adequately policed so as to be free of rubbish, crime and junkies - especially JUNKIES; this initiative with wither on the vine. The area is known to be grim, oppressive and dangerous in certain lights.

Let´s try to be more positive than that - go to one of the meetings and discuss! - I can´t come, I live in Sweden, but please read my impression of the area after five visits to Dublin in the last six years!

This area is one of the best in Dublin - the beautiful memorial pond, always tuning me into good thoughts and feelings, Gate theatre often performing interesting thought provoking plays, Hugh Lane Gallery-great for both modern contemporary art - Francis Bacons studio!! - and older "stuff" and the exciting architecture both inside the house and seen from the outside, Irish writer´s centre with its exciting museum and artistically varied paintings of several Irish writers and a great shop and nice cafes across the road - I guess I sound like a tourist guide - repeat - this area is one of the best in Dublin!

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