25 November, 2004
The coffee's undrinkable, the buns are inedible, but it should be saved. Bewley's Cafes appear to be reaching the end of the road.
The State should acquire the Grafton Street and Westmorland Street Cafes, and franchise out the cafes. They add to the social, economic and cultural life of Dublin. The National Trust acquired the Crown Bar in Belfast.
Twenty years ago the coffee was drinkable and the milk came from the Jersey cows on the Bewley Family farm.
24 November, 2004
Bewley's should be a Parisian-style Bistro with great coffee, real fires, good food, the interior restored to c. 1975, decent banquette seating, the Harry Clarke windows carefully displayed, and the mix of customers that it once cultivated.
It could also be a showpiece for Irish Food and drink if the State acquired it and leased it out or operated it carefully.
Here's our Dáil Motion on the issue:
02 November, 2004
'Ireland's transformation, will it last?' is the message on the billboards. As always the Economist uses a tongue in cheek image to publicise their magazine. This time its a champagne flute of Guinness for their supplement on Ireland.
Given the rise in excess alcohol consumption of recent years a pint glass full of champagne might have been more appropriate, but that might not work wonders for the magazine's sales in the Republic.