Economic Development in the Public Realm
Development of Myrtle Square and Convent Lane
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has created a civic space called Myrtle Square in front of Bloomfield’s Shopping Centre. The public realm works will eventually extend the full length of Convent Lane to the junction with Convent Road.
The project aims to stimulate a vibrant streetscape which will encourage footfall in this location and throughout the town centre. More about this project can be found here.
Outdoor Dining Supports
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council works to support businesses to operate safely and to expand their outdoor dining facilities. Our priority has been to implement measures that support businesses, such as cafés and restaurants, to operate in a manner where everyone could safely enjoy our streets.
COVID-19 Seasonal Fund
In order to support traders in our Towns and Villages through the Christmas season, the Council created a COVID-19 Seasonal Fund in 2020 to assist businesses and representative organisations to animate the public realm. A total of more than €125,000 was issued to towns and villages across the County, which helped to light up their streets and bring some seasonal cheer to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown for Christmas. This fund was also made available in 2021.
Dún Laoghaire Anseo
Dún Laoghaire Anseo is an annual Street Art Festival which started in 2021 that aims to bring unique street art to the walls of Dún Laoghaire town. More details about previous artists and their works can be found here.
Dublin Canvas Public Art Project
As part of its remit to undertake public realm works to increase footfall and economic activity, the Economic Development Unit has participated in the Dublin Canvas project in 2020, 2021, and 2022. The project has seen a total of forty traffic boxes painted at various locations across the County. The reaction to the pieces has been extremely positive, and has brought colour to previously grey, often tagged, traffic boxes.
Click here to visit the Dublin Canvas website for more information on the boxes which have been painted, and the artists involved.