AN online petition has been launched in a bid to secure a protection order for a beloved O’Connell Street structure, amid fears that a multi-million euro rejuvenation plan for the area may result in the destruction of the bit of curtain hanging between two buildings painted to look like a branch of Dr. Quirkey’s Good Time Emporium.
The fake facade has stood proudly on the main street of Ireland’s capital city for well over ten years, surviving both the massive economic recession and countless late-night fights.
Known locally as the jewel of O’Connell Street, the big sheet with a building printed on it has drawn gasps of astonishment from tourists from all across the world, who simply cannot believe that such a structure exists on a street that also already houses such architectural wonders as a disused cinema, a disused office block, two McDonald’s and a Foot Locker.
Meanwhile, local historians were aghast at the news that the current renovations planned for the O’Connell Street and Henry Street areas might lead to the tearing down of the massive print of a building, and took their concerns online in a bid to drum up support.
“If this four-storey row of scaffolding with a tarp that looks like a building could talk, imagine the stories it would tell,” wrote Joe Henehan, on the ‘Save The Fake Dr. Quirkey’s’ Facebook page.
“This building is our last remaining link to a forgotten time, and it must be preserved for future generations to admire and gaze at, as the sun shines through it’s threadbare fabric. To many of us, this not-a-real-building is Dublin, and we will not allow them to take it away from us”.
Several locals have chained themselves to the wooden panelling at the front of the fake Dr. Quirkey’s in protest, stating that they are willing to die before being removed.