The Mug Shot Cafés are designed, owned and managed by PACE Social Enterprise, their social mission is to create sustainable jobs for people who have experienced prison or probation and now find it hard to secure employment. PACE aims to support the integration process of people with criminal convictions and bring about positive change in their lives, and by doing so, help to prevent further harm in the community.
Speaking about the new project the Lord Mayor of Dublin Caroline Conroy said, “I am delighted to be here this morning with you for the official opening of the newest PACE Mug Shot Café in Bridgefoot Street Park. This is the third Mug Shot coffee space and first Café that PACE has opened and is testament to the growing work of PACE Social Enterprise and the successful partnership between PACE and Dublin City Council. The Mug Shot Café will provide a welcome for all the visitors to the park and an opportunity to have a cup of coffee or ice cream whilst enjoying the beautiful space.”
Dublin City Council opened Bridgefoot Street Park in May 2022, transforming what was a derelict site into a beautiful landscape of trees with grassed and planted mounds, incorporating a performance area, play spaces, allotments and a community garden.
Dublin City Council and the local community collaborated in the vision, promotion, planning, design and development of the park. The Mug Shot Café is the final piece of the jigsaw of community involvement and local collaboration in the Bridgefoot Street Park story.
Source: Dublin City Council