Mecklinburgh; Tyrone; Waterford; and gone – stories of change in Dublin city

In John Rocque’s famous 1756 map of Dublin , we can see Luke Gardiner the elder’s new Sackville St, with his “Gardiner’s Mall”  in the centre.   It was where O’Connell St Upper is today (Running North from Earl St to Parnell St)  It did not run south of Earl St.  There instead, was a much… Read More Mecklinburgh; Tyrone; Waterford; and gone – stories of change in Dublin city

Visual sources for understanding Parnell (Rutland) Square & area, 1756 onward

It is hoped this little essay and in particular some of the maps and images here help some readers gain an enhanced understanding of the development of Rutland (now Parnell) Square in the 18th century, and the central part the Lying-In hospital, philanthropy and the arts played in that development. As you see on the… Read More Visual sources for understanding Parnell (Rutland) Square & area, 1756 onward

Dublin: The Story of a City by Stephen Conlin and Peter Harbison, reviewed

Dublin: The Story of a City The publication of any book of drawings by Stephen Conlin is something of an event for any student of our capital city.  This book is particularly welcome, bringing together as it does most of the artist’s most important Dublin drawings, made in a long career stretching well over 30… Read More Dublin: The Story of a City by Stephen Conlin and Peter Harbison, reviewed

Tour old Dublin – High Street, Christ Church, Wine Tavern & the Irish House.

I nearly called this post “Before the Roads”.  That’s because road widening schemes have been one of the biggest enemies of old Dublin.  Literally hundreds, thousands, of old historic houses have been pulled down to allow for the huge road schemes.   Of nowhere is that loss more acute, more extensive, or sadder than the very… Read More Tour old Dublin – High Street, Christ Church, Wine Tavern & the Irish House.