Sunday, January 07, 2007
Another thing that I fondly remember from Dublin, The Globe on South Great George's Street, changed hands on New Year's Day, having been sold by its founders Jay Bourke and Eoin Foyle to the Thomas Read group. I expect that Thomas Read will see sense and maintain it as before, in the same fashion as it has Hogan's - just up the street and which opened its doors in its present incarnation at roughly the same time in the early 90s as The Globe did. Many a fine afternoon have I whiled away reading and scribbling, drinking unspeakably bad coffee in the oaky gloom of The Globe; it's where I honed my underachieving, if you will. It has played host to a fine cast of characters: bar and restaurant folk, bicycle couriers, students with notions, hairdressers, artists, graphic designers, off-duty DJs and the usual crew of Dublin spoofers. Many are panicking at the prospect of having to pay in to Rí-Ra for the first time in years (for that is what The Globe turns into after regular closing time); about half of the customers in the place every night got in for free they came so often over the years. I'm sure though that it will have much the same type of clientèle next time I wander in.