Thursday Doors : A Safe Door!

The Bank, College Green, Dublin

Door of the Night Safe

It’s a door of sorts, one that can only be used if you have the right key.     This photo was taken in The Bank Bar and Restaurant, in College Green, Dublin.    This restaurant was formerly (you guessed it) a bank, in fact there was a bank here since 1892, first the Belfast Bank, and later the Royal Bank of Ireland.   It has been a restaurant since 2003, but has retained many of the original features inside, including the safes and safety deposit boxes downstairs in the vaults.

The Bank website gives the following information on the origins of the building :

The exterior is Franco-Scottish in inspiration and is unique in that it is one of Dublin’s rare examples of Scottish sandstone. The interior, which was once the main banking hall, is a stunning example of merchant power and patronage displaying an extraordinary ornate setting, stained glass ceiling, mosaic tiled floors and spectacular hand carved plasterwork and cornicing.

Inside features of the Bank

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College Green, Dublin

I am finally back blogging again, after a hectic month with family visiting from all over, and finishing up with my youngest son’s wedding to the love of his life in Dublin last weekend.

On a stroll around Dublin on Sunday morning (maybe to clear some heads), we came across these very ornamental gates/doors into the Ulster Bank – I don’t think anyone would attempt trying to get through these doors after hours!   This is a beautiful building, as you can see from the impressive carved pillars on each side.

Further along the street, we visited another bank, this one has been turned into a restaurant, while still retaining all the characteristics of it’s former home, and the vaults downstairs still have the original safes, as you can see…I wonder if there are any forgotten gems inside?

Old bank safe

Old bank safe

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