About The Lanes

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See here for location map showing four laneways


Adair Lane


This lane is part of a large block between Aston Quay and Fleet Street near the eastern end of Temple Bar and is a fairly well used shortcut from Dublin’s Quays to Temple Bar.  You might know this lane from the ‘Icon Walk’ outdoor gallery, which starts on Prices Lane, runs west along Adair Lane, across Aston Place and through Bedford Lane.  This walk features large murals on Irish cultural icons from music, poetry, literature, movies and sports, with artwork contributed for free by local artists who wanted to enliven these forgotten lanes.   Come and take a stroll through Adair Lane to check out the iconic images of everyone from Father Ted to Thomas Crean to Eamon Dunphy. 


Challenge:  How can we build on the work of local artists to further activate this laneway and imagine new possibilities for what the space can do?


 





 Image of Adair Lane
See here for specifications and to view a map and photos of Adair Lane

 


Bedford Lane


This lane is part of a large block between Aston Quay and Fleet Street near the eastern end of Temple Bar.  You might know this lane from the ‘Icon Walk’ outdoor gallery, which starts on Prices Lane, runs west along Adair Lane, across Aston Place and through Bedford Lane.  This walk features large murals on Irish cultural icons from music, poetry, literature, movies and sports, with artwork contributed for free by local artists.  Bedford Lane attracts a lot of anti-social behaviour, however the colourful Icon Factory shop on the corner with Aston Place and the murals of Irish icons like Luke Kelly, Seamus Heaney and Abraham Stoker invite people to stroll through this forgotten lane.   


Challenge:  How can we build on the work of the local artists and reclaim this laneway as a safe space for pedestrians, businesses and residents to use?


 






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 See here for specifications and to view a map and photos of Bedford Lane


Copper Alley


Next time you walk down Cow’s Lane at the western end of Temple Bar, stop and take a look at how it bisects Copper Alley in the middle.  On the west side Copper Alley ends in a cul-de-sac with good natural light and overlooked by adjoining apartments. Looking east the laneway runs behind the Arlington Hotel to Parliament Street and is somewhat darker, attracting some homeless sleepers and anti-social behaviour.  Copper Alley is said to have taken its name from the copper money coined there in 1608, now its home to an eclectic mix including food, clothes, entertainment and design that back onto the lane. The Designer Mart is an outdoor market showcasing handmade craft and design that takes place every Saturday on Cow’s Lane, attracting people to this historic part of the city.


Challenge: How can we build on the vibrant mix uses in this area and invite more people to use these forgotten side lanes?


 






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 See here for specifications and to view a map and photos of Copper Alley 


Crampton Court


Walking down Essex Street East it’s easy to miss the entrance to this hidden gem of a laneway, but it’s a handy little shortcut between Temple Bar and Dame Street.  Look down the dark laneway beside the Dublin Theatre Festival Office and you will see original artwork by Dublin street artist Maser ‘I’d Rather Trust a Dealer on a Badly Lit Street Corner, than a Criminal in a Three Piece Suit’.  Taking his advice, walk under the overhead wooden rafters, which hint at the history of the lane, and be surprised when this narrow lane opens out onto a small square, framed by the Olympia Theatre. Continue along the laneway by the side of the Olympia Theatre and pass under the sign for Brogan’s Bar, before Crampton Court opens out onto Dame Street.  This laneway, although fairly well used, attracts some anti-social behaviour particularly in the lane on the Temple Bar side.


Challenge: How can we realise the potential to create great public space in this hidden gem of a laneway and small urban square? 


 See here for specifications and to view a map and photos of Crampton Court


 








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