From the GPO to Cro­ker and Tem­ple Bar to Phoenix Park, Dublin Mo­nop­oly puts price on cap­i­tal’s land­marks

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market -

The first Dublin Mo­nop­oly board lands in shops to­day but don’t ex­pect to see the city’s posh res­i­den­tial ad­dresses as the most de­sir­able land­ing spots on the board.

In the new game most of the pricey slots are given to his­toric or cul­tural land­marks, in­clud­ing the Molly Mal­one statue and Tem­ple Bar, with the GPO as the prize aqui­si­tion.

A pre­vi­ous Ire­land edi­tion of the prop­erty buy­ing board game fo­cused on Dublin streets with en­claves such as Shrews­bury and Ailes­bury Roads oc­cu­py­ing the most ex­pen­sive slots - akin to Lon­don’s May­fair in the orig­i­nal game. But it’s all change on the board, with the Phoenix Park now among the most sought af­ter land­ing spots - try plant­ing a ho­tel there.

Ac­cord­ing the Dublin Mo­nop­oly cre­ators, the park was orig­i­nally set for a much lower rank­ing but its ca­chet soared over the sum­mer with Pope Fran­cis’s mass and this “pro­pelled” it up the board. It’s priced at 350 Mo­nop­oly dol­lars (no eu­ros here).

Rather than dwelling on the cap­i­tal’s leafy sub­urbs, the game is themed in sets from tourism to her­itage, sport to busi­ness, travel to char­ity – with Kil­main­ham Gaol thrown in for good mea­sure along­side the tra­di­tional Jail cor­ner.

Dublin Zoo, the air­port and the Aviva also fea­ture while play­ers can snap up Arnotts and Brown Thomas (but not Dunnes Stores). Dublin’s most ex­pen­sive school, Nord Anglia in Sandy­ford, also gets a slot.

Tem­ple Bar, Dublin’s hen and stag party HQ, sits on a yel­low block with a price of 280 Mo­nop­oly dol­lars, while Croke Park is a good bit cheaper at just 140 dol­lars.

In what seems like an ab­so­lute bar­gain, or even a slight to the sis­ter­hood, Molly Mal­one can be snapped up for just 60 dol­lars, while the Ha’Penny Bridge is the cheap­est buy on the board – a play on its mod­estly priced name.

The Com­mu­nity and Chance play­ing cards are largely Dublin themed too. One card sends play­ers on a shop­ping spree at Arnotts.

Weirdly, in among th­ese land­mark sites, a new Freshly Chopped store in Smithfield has its own block. As it hap­pens, the game is be­ing launched there this morn­ing.

Mo­nop­oly’s Dublin edi­tion ar­rives to­day

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