That's temple bar!

Girls on the town.

Dublin's best dressed man.

My shop is in a part of Dublin, called Temple Bar.
It's right in the centre, It's a pedestrian zone, It's full of bars, restaurants, art gallery's.
a lot of people live there. 
Most of the shops are owner run and there is great camaraderie between us all.
I have traded here for the 26 years .
I love it. 
However the media gives it such a hard time.
Always reporting on crime and exaggerating the level of disruption in the area.
How they portray it is not what I see.
One of our Irish writers brendan behan coined a phase 
+$%&^ the begruggers. 
How appropriate. 
When people hear the bad things they say 'That's Temple Bar'.

So here you go 'That's Temple Bar'
All the great things about it!

Always busking 

The Viking's are invading.
Colourful characters.

Just done. Repainted hotel.
Visual delights.

Irish music artists at the music centre.
supporting Irish talent.

Lovely walkways,

 Meeting House Square.
What a great name.

Temple Bar on Patrick's Day.

rooftop view

where to go

out of their man shed.




A retrospective of a year.

Spring is here and i am back to life again.
last year was a very hard year.
on Patrick day 2013 I made a decision to take on the coffee shop in our building.

spring colours

our lovely coffee shop.

homemade food.

freshly made juice.

sadly our coffee shop was not to be.

so much hard work, long days, and constant cleaning. 

but there is life after ...

 So now rather than cutting and putting together
clothes on the floor of our shop we have a workshop.

this is what we make .

an outfit for a hair show.

re working aran jumpers

spare a penny, guv

special orders

our customers.

a project for the summer.

a smile from circus.

waiting for delivery.

lovely cafe in our art collage

Those streets of san francisco

 Last week I was brought to San Francisco by YELP.
YELP is a review website. 
San Francisco was amazing.
Here's some photos.

The morning of my flight.

A black head piece to suit all outfits. 

This is the first shop I went to in Haight Ashbury.
It is an area full of vintage clothes shops.
This guy is selling vintage for 37 years and still loves it.

I wanted to buy this hat but it was too small for me.

A goodwill shop on Mission . I hit the jackpot here.
I got lots of lovely items all in the halloween section.

This guy was a real sweetheart.

This shop on valencia street sold clothes by the weight.

So much to choose from.

I spent 2 days at YELP
What a learning curve it was.

25 of us on the small business council.

More vintage delights.

Lovely houses

A great restaurant,
cuba style.

Inside radio habana.

 Some customers at Lucys

is playing some music at our halloween party on saturday.

Aiden dressed for his debs

Our new purchase . 
Eddie the flamingo.
Bought from these 2 girls at the flea.
He came all the way from flordia

Rory taking home our find.

Happy customers with full bellys at our coffee shop.

Such a sight for sore eyes.