126% Funded


Target: €360


€454 Raised


29 Funders

No. 95 Merrion Square: An article

By Simon McGarr


Number 95 Merrion Square- known as Apothocaries' Hall- is a listed building. It was sold to an unknown foreign buyer last November. It stands on the corner of Merrion Square, facing the Oscar Wilde statue, at the end of the Nassau Street/Clare Street tourist trail. It was one of the Square's first buildings, finished in the 18th Century as part of the square's transformation into the city's most desirable address.

Currently, it has a number of broken window panes, a poorly maintained front portico, a damaged front door and broken guttering. There may be other issues inside the building, but these are the degradations visible from the street.

My name is Simon McGarr. I live in Dublin. I regularly walk past Apothocaries' Hall. A few weeks ago, I noticed the broken glass and general air of neglect. I've always particularly liked that corner of the Square- it's near TCD and it used to have Green's bookshop next door. The Hall has a slightly eccentric first floor greenhouse and some really attractive stained glass windows (now almost hidden under layers of grime).

I felt I ought to do something about it. I don't like seeing something wrong and just passing by. I strongly feel anyone can make a difference to their own city. Active citizenship is the best protection against the loss of quality public spaces.

I took pictures and then looked up on my phone what I could find out about the Building's history. I also looked the building up on Google Street view. It looked a lot happier then, and was clearly occupied.

Because I'm a lawyer, I also looked up if there was any legal protection for the building. It is on the Dublin City Council listed buildings register and there's a duty to keep it in good order.

This fundit proposal is to commission freelance journalist Gerald Cunningham (http://www.faduda.net) to write a feature article on Apothocaries' Hall- its history and its current state. I have agreed the rate with him for this article.

Having written it, he will then be free to have that article published -for pay or otherwise, at his own discretion- to the widest audience possible.

When we see our built environment being degraded as we walk around our depressed home towns and cities, it is hard to know where to start a fight back.

The first thing we need to do is to start a conversation about the value of what we have.

Let owners of listed buildings know that Dubliners don't stand silent if we see our shared heritage being lost.

Let's shine a light on this one spot. Let's make a difference.



95 Merrion Square Articles: All formats

Hello to you all, Here is a link to the finished outcome of our experiment in public inquiry. Although the original plan called for a single article, we actually have three. The link below takes you to a shared Dropbox folder. It contains the articles compiled as a PDF, as a Kindle file, as a epub and (a bit roughly) as a rich text format rtf file. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/08upn0isok9p58l/f_LNCsECWm/Apothocaries Hall- 95 Merrion Sq Thank you all for your support. Simon McGarr

Sigh. See my email below.

Hello all again. As pointed out, asking for people to email me and not including an email is not the most constructive message. Send your format preferences to 95merrionsq@gmail.com Thanks for your patience. Simon McGarr

New site: www.95merrionsq.com

Hello all, Just an update on progress. Gerard expects to have your article ready to travel out to you next week. If you'd like to recieve it in a format other than plain text (in Apple ibook or Kindle .mobi, for example. Or even a pdf, if you prefer) please email me before Monday with your preference. In the meantime, if you go to http://www.95merrionsq.com, you'll find the special site for backers as promised. In the next few days I'll be posting up lots of historical (and also, more recent) documents. If any post asks for a password try HeldHostage45 Enjoy, and I look forward to hearing from you with your reading format of choice. Thanks again, Simon

No 95 Merrion Sq research underway

Hello all, I've been speaking to Gerard. Although we still have seven days to run on the fundit campaign, he hasn't been letting the grass grow under his feet. He's been up to the Registry of Deeds, looking up the owner of the building, and has a good lead. I'm also trying to follow up on my own queries. My plan is to make the docs and records found available to funders via a passworded site. If anyone has a really easy and attractive way of doing that, let me know. Thanks again, Simon

All Done!

Thank you all so much. I understand we're in the running for having broken the record for the fastest funded project ever here. I've already been bugging poor old Gerard, who will be back on Monday to me when he has dug himself out of the snowdrift of papers, links and photos I have dropped on him. Thank you all very much again. And isn't the model an interesting one, too?

Just over half-way

Thank you all very much. If you want to follow me during the week where I'll be coming up with some extra bits and pieces on Apothocaries Hall, I'm Tupp_ed on Twitter.

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