Capel Street is certainly one of Dublin’s most diverse streets, mixing long-established family businesses with new migrant restaurants and supermarkets, not to more hardware and camping shops than any city could ever really need. Architecturally it throws up a few gems,and warrants looking up and paying attention when you walk down it. Dublin City Council’s Architectural Conservation Area (ACA) report for the street, available to read in full here, rightly describes it as “one of the most historically significant streets in Dublin city.”
Passing it today, I noticed a little plaque that reminds us that it is people at much as buildings that make streets and give them character. While you could easily miss it passing by, this little plaque remembers Aidan McElroy, who spent “most of his working life” on the street. It is rare to see such a memorial to an ordinary Dubliner in the city, and it’s a touching reminder of the strong sense of community that plays a part in making Dublin what it is.