Baggot Street

Coordinates: 53°19′58″N 6°14′32″W / 53.33278°N 6.24222°W / 53.33278; -6.24222
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Baggot Street
Clockwise from top: Lower Baggot Street; Miesian Plaza: Upper Baggot Street
Baggot Street is located in Central Dublin
Baggot Street
Native nameSráid Bhagóid (Irish)
NamesakeBaggotrath, named in turn after Robert Bagod
Length700 m (2,300 ft)
Width27 metres (89 ft)
Postal codeD02
Coordinates53°19′58″N 6°14′32″W / 53.33278°N 6.24222°W / 53.33278; -6.24222
northwest endMerrion Street, Ely Place, Merrion Row
southeast endGrand Canal, Herbert Place, Wilton Terrace
Known forGeorgian architecture, Victorian architecture

Baggot Street (Irish: Sráid Bhagóid) is a street in Dublin, Ireland.


The street runs from Merrion Row (near St. Stephen's Green) to the northwestern end of Pembroke Road. It crosses the Grand Canal near Haddington Road. It is divided into two sections:

  • Lower Baggot Street (Irish: Sráid Bhagóid Íochtarach) - between Merrion Row and the Grand Canal. It was called Gallows Road in the 18th century.[1]
  • Upper Baggot Street (Irish: Sráid Bhagóid Uachtarach) - south of the Grand Canal until the junction with Eastmoreland Place, where it continues as Pembroke Road.


Baggot Street is named after Baggotrath, a feudal manor granted to Hiberno-Norman judge Robert Bagod in the 13th-century. He also built Baggotrath Castle, which was partly destroyed during the 1649 Battle of Rathmines and demolished in the early nineteenth century.

Dermot O'Hurley, Archbishop of Cashel for the strictly illegal and underground Catholic Church in Ireland during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, was hanged at Gallows Road (modern Lower Baggot Street) on 20 June 1584. The Archbishop was Beatified as one of the Irish Catholic Martyrs by Pope John Paul II in 29 September 1992.[2]

On a 1756 map of Dublin, Baggot Street is marked as The Road to Ball's-Bridge, and in 1800 Baggot Street Upper was marked as Blackrock Road.[3]

Darkey Kelly, a madam, or kip-house keeper, and alleged female serial killer, was executed by burning on Gallows Road (modern Baggot Street) in 1761.[4][5]

The street was renamed Baggot Street in 1773.[1][6]


Lower Baggot Street is distinguished by Georgian architecture, while Upper Baggot Street has mainly Victorian architecture with a few buildings of 20th-century vintage such as the former Bank of Ireland headquarters, Miesian Plaza. The Royal City of Dublin Hospital, opened in 1834, is on the east side of Upper Baggot Street, just south of the junction with Haddington Road.[7] Cook's Map of 1836 shows the north side of Upper Baggot Street and Pembroke Road almost entirely built on.[7]

Modern development such as the Miesian Plaza has been viewed by some as destructive to a previously unified Georgian streetscape. Journalist Frank MacDonald characterised the Plaza as a more violent interjection on the street than the contemporaneous ESB building on Fitzwilliam Street. On 13 July 1973, two nurses escaped from their flat in number 11 Lower Baggot Street when the back and side walls of the house collapsed following the demolition of three adjoining houses to make way for an office block.[8] The 1978 offices built for Bord na Móna, near the Miesian Plaza, were designed by Sam Stephenson, and won the Buildings in Context award from An Taisce.[9]

Upper Baggot Street
Patrick Kavanagh sculpture by the Grand Canal near Baggot Street bridge


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Carol and Jonathan Bardon: If Ever You Go To Dublin Town, Blackstaff Press, 1988 ISBN 0-85640-397-0
  2. ^ "Archbishop Bl. Dermot O'Hurley". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
  3. ^ M'Cready, C. T. (1987). Dublin street names dated and explained. Blackrock, Co. Dublin: Carraig. p. 5. ISBN 1-85068-005-1. OCLC 263974843.
  4. ^ Cathy Hayes (12 January 2011). "Was Irish witch Darkey Kelly really Ireland's first serial killer?". Archived from the original on 12 May 2016. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  5. ^ Eamonn McLoughlin (19 January 2011). "No Smoke Without Hellfire". Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  6. ^ a b Clerkin, Paul (2001). Dublin street names. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. pp. 11–12. ISBN 0-7171-3204-8. OCLC 48467800.
  7. ^ a b "M. Donnelly, D.D: Short Histories of Dublin Parishes, part 2". Archived from the original on 6 October 2009. Retrieved 11 February 2010.
  8. ^ McDonald 1985, p. 109-111.
  9. ^ McDonald 1985, p. 214.
  10. ^ "If Ever You Go to Dublin". Dublin City Council. 22 February 2014. Archived from the original on 11 September 2018. Retrieved 24 December 2021.


  • McDonald, Frank (1985). The Destruction of Dublin. Gill and MacMillan. ISBN 0-7171-1386-8.

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