Recently, we featured a simple enough post on the shopfronts of Dublin. It was the first in an upcoming series, which is intended to highlight the good, the bad and the ugly with regards to the shopfronts of the capital. I made the decision to allow the shopfronts to speak for themselves, and the post received good traffic, and afterwards sparked a few real life conversations with others about the shopfronts of the capital.
An interesting comment on that post came from ‘FXR’ who noted that:
I passed Reads in Parliament street the other day. The boards on the front are starting to rot at the base.
I swung by for a look yesterday, and the shopfront on Parliament Street has fallen into a very tragic state. At the very bottom, where it reads ‘Established in 1670’ on one side and ‘Dublin’s Oldest Shop’ on the other, damage and decay is clear to be seen. Unsurprisingly, the shopfront has been vandalised too.
Above the shop, the sign still hangs proudly, giving some indication of the history of the premises.
The late and great Éamon Mac Thomáis noted in his work Me Jewel and Darlin’ Dublin that “Thomas Read of 4 Parliament Street was established in 1670, and are one of the oldest cutlers in the world”, and Read’s was the oldest shop in Dublin prior to its closure some years ago. It’s a real shame to see such an historically important building fall into this condition. Of course, restoration takes money, but wouldn’t it be fantastic to see this one restored to a former glory?
Éamon Mac Thomáis inside the shop: