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Dublin City Council unveils plans to regenerate Aungier St

“Often overlooked” street to be revitalised under ambitious Dublin City Council plans.

A postcard of Aungier Street from the 1920s
A postcard of Aungier Street from the 1920s
Image: Dublin City Council

A REPORT INTO the revitalisation of the first planned post-medieval street in Dublin is to be launched today.

Aungier Street, which is in the south inner city, has what the council calls “a fascinating history”.  Built a full decade before Stephen’s Green, the street was laid out by Francis Aungier in 1661 through the former grounds of the Whitefriars monastery.

The report says that the street faces “many challenges”.

Many of the buildings have been neglected, the report says, and owners and occupiers “under-valued and under-invested” in their properties.

The report recommends that vacancy and dereliction should be tackled, owners be assisted on facades and shopfronts and the area should be used as a home for specialist shops, cultural activities or design outlets.

image Number 21 Aungier Street, a modified but rare survivor from the seventeenth century (Pic: DCC)

Ali Grehan, City Architect with Dublin City Council, says  "Although Aungier Street is often over-looked it is one of the great neighbourhoods in the historic core of Dublin and has a fascinating history.

The Aungier Street project looks at revitalising the area by using its historic value as a district and its quality as a place to live in, work and visit.

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