Near Blackpitts once lay an enormous tannery, the biggest in the city. Nearby was an ancient medieval double-mill, complete with mill pond. Overall this is among the richest archaeological, most historic sites in Dublin. The key to understanding it is water. A separate article on my blog this month explores how the river Tymon rises… Read More of Double Mills & Dutch Billies, Tanneries & whiskey.
Newmarket, the heart of the Liberties, is scheduled for development, and for huge physical change. Mill St is already transformed, while most of Sweeney Lane is a distant memory. Blackpitts and Fumbally Lane meanwhile are both full of extraordinary, half-forgotten historical connections. It is high time we explored this area, to look at its past,… Read More Blackpitts, Newmarket & around: a Liberties tour.