Back in the 1980s, this area was earmarked to be torn down and converted into a new bus station. However, while the developers were waiting for planning applications to be confirmed the area had transformed itself into a diverse cultural and arty area with many quaint bookstores, cafes and boutiques opening up everywhere.
Today, due to local lobbying, it has been rejuvenated with new developments being added and many organizations being based here such as the Irish Film Centre (IFC), the Projects Arts Centre as well as numerous galleries, theatres and workshops for children.
At Cow's Street you can find the Designer Mart which is one of Dublin's three street markets. Here you can view arts and crafts presented by Irish artists and designers such as clothes, sculptures, jewelry, bags, furniture and paintings.
When visiting Temple Bar make sure to bring enough time with you to take a stroll through its streets and soak up the Bohemian atmosphere. There are many pubs, restaurants and cafes on offer if you fancy a little break.
If you would like to learn more about the area of Temple Bar you can visit the Temple Bar Cultural Information Centre which is run by the non-profit organization The Temple Bar Cultural Trust. The Trust's supports culture in Temple Bar by organizing over 250 free outdoor events every year as well as looking after the buildings and public spaces within the area.
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