This corner of Upper O'Connell Street rounds onto east Parnell Street, for years a run down, undeveloped and altogether sad looking route. In recent years though this street has surprisingly evolved thanks to a burgeoning immigrant community, with quite a few authentic Korean and Chinese restaurants and other businesses attracting custom to the area. Upper O'Connell Street and beyond have always been the poor relation next to Lower O'Connell Street, being less developed and verging on less salubrious neighbourhoods than its southern neighbour.
Nonetheless, there must have been something wonderful on the ground there to entrance the three little boys in the background so.
References:CLAR_002, National Library