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