Known today as Dublin’s Cultural Quarter, at any one time there are around fifty cultural organisations based in Temple Bar, scores of artists and creative professionals, and tens of thousands of visitors.
The city of Dublin, Ireland was born in and around Temple Bar, one of the oldest parts of the city. The modern street pattern of Temple Bar, with a current population of 3000, is based on the medieval plan of the Old City.
In the 1980s, a state-owned transport company proposed to buy up and demolish property in what was an undesirable area at the time, to build a bus terminus in its place. While this was in the planning stages, the purchased buildings were let out at low rents, which attracted small shops, artists and galleries to the area. Protests by residents and traders led to the cancellation of the bus station project, and in 1991, the government set up a not-for-profit company called Temple Bar Properties to oversee the regeneration of the area as Dublin's cultural quarter.
Its history is full of references to culture, design, craft, publishing, the performing arts, coffee houses, political debate and great colour and energy.