Hated Dublin Spire Voted Among Europe’s Worst Five ‘Eyesores’

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The Spire on Dublin’s O’Connell Street has been named one of the “biggest eyesore” landmarks in Europe.

A list, compiled by Euronews, placed it at number five in their rankings, just after the controversial “Walkie-Talkie” building in London.

Back in 2003 crowds cheered in O’Connell Street as the final point of the 121 metre spire was installed.

Three years behind schedule and costing €4m, the monument divided opinion 18 years ago and still does today…

The Tour Montparnesse in Paris was voted the biggest eyesore, receiving triple the submissions than the next most handed landmark.

Though some residents are quite fond of the 120-metre tall monument, others are less keen.

It’s been given a selection of less-than-flattering nicknames, including “the stiletto in the ghetto“, “the stick in the gick“, “the pole in the hole“, “the yolk in the smoke“, “the erection in the intersection”, “The Nail in the Pale”, ”the Stiffy by the Liffey”, The Pin in the Bin“, ”the spire in the mire”.