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A look back at Dublin's relationship with the Spire over the last 15 years

The Spire is now old enough to do the Junior Cert.

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THIS YEAR MARKED the fifteenth birthday of Dublin’s Spire.

Completed on the 21st of January 2003, the 120 metre tall structure has seen a lot. It has gone through several light bulbs over the last fifteen years. Originally, we were promised that the monument was self-cleaning, but in 2007 we learned that was untrue.

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That year, the Spire was hosed down at the cost of €120,000 for the first time, and has since been cleaned every eighteen months.

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There’s no denying that Irish people have strongly resented the Spire for the last fifteen years.

Tourists consistently describe it as ‘average‘ on Trip Advisor.

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Did we really waste €4 million to get 3 out of 5 on Trip advisor?

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 In 2013, we got to see what the view from the top of the Spire was like.

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It makes O’Connell street look like one of those mats kids roll toy cars around on.

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In the same year, Nelson Mandela died and for the first time people were considering renaming the Spire.

Because of the nearby anti-apartheid protests by Dunnes Stores workers that began in 1984 and were applauded by Mandela, people wanted to rename the Spire in honour of the South African revolutionary.

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We can’t risk having this one blown up by a supermarket. Once was enough.

If we were to update the Spire for its fifteenth birthday, there’s only one way we could do it.

In true 2018 fashion.

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The Spire also had people just a tad worried during Hurricane Ophelia.

All of our resentment aside, Ireland has the opportunity to get our money’s worth on the Spire each time a Star Wars movie comes out.


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