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Demolition work begins on landmark building on Dublin’s High Street

The address was home to Murphy’s Pram and Nursery store but safety concerns have led to demolition beginning.

The building before demolition
The building before demolition
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WORK HAS BEGUN on dismantling the only commercial building to have survived the demolition carried out on Dublin’s High Street in the 1970s.

The address at 17 High Street, Dublin 8 was the only commercial building to have survived the work that widened the street for a dual carriage way in the late 1970s.

The former home of Murphy’s Prams and Nursery store  is a long time feature of the street and is located between two churches – one Roman Catholic and the other Church of Ireland.

A notice on the demolition company Hegarty’s website says the premises had been vacant for many years.

The collapse of the building’s roof caused the outer structure to bulge and the Archdiocese of Dublin to request the structure be made safe.

The company also note that it’s close proximity to the Church of St . Audoen, a medieval national monument, means “extreme sensitivity” will be required when carrying out the demolition.

Murphy’s Prams and Nursery store was the first established in 1942 on High Street and is described on its website as “Ireland’s oldest pram and nursery store”.

It has since moved to Main Street in Rathcoole, Co Dublin.

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