Cathal Brugha Street

Coordinates: 53°21′09″N 6°15′33″W / 53.352378°N 6.259097°W / 53.352378; -6.259097
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Cathal Brugha Street
Dublin Institute of Technology building on Cathal Brugha Street
Cathal Brugha Street is located in Central Dublin
Cathal Brugha Street
Native nameSráid Chathal Brugha (Irish)
Former name(s)Gregg Lane, Gregg's Lane
NamesakeCathal Brugha
Length250 m (820 ft)
Width22 metres (72 ft)
LocationDublin, Ireland
Postal codeD01
Coordinates53°21′09″N 6°15′33″W / 53.352378°N 6.259097°W / 53.352378; -6.259097
west endO'Connell Street Upper
east endCumberland Street North, Seán McDermott Street
Known forDIT Cathal Brugha Street

Cathal Brugha Street (/ˌkɒhəl ˈbrə/ Irish: Sráid Chathal Brugha) is a street on the northside of Dublin, Ireland.


The street runs eastwards from near the Parnell Square end of Upper O'Connell Street, crossing Marlborough Street and changing name to Seán Macdermott Street Upper at the junction with Cumberland Street North and Champions Avenue.[1]

Creation and name[edit]

The original Cathal Brugha Street was the section west of Marlborough Street, which was created as part of the reconstruction of Dublin after the damage of the Irish revolutionary period of 1916–23, which destroyed much of the vicinity.[2] The pre-existing Findlater Place (originally Gregg's Lane[3][4]) ran at an angle between O'Connell Street and Marlborough Street, to the north of St. Thomas's Church of Ireland church, which fronted on Marlborough Street and was destroyed in the revolution.[2][5] The new street was at right angles to O'Connell Street and Marlborough Street, intersecting the north-east stub of Findlater Place, and running south of the rebuilt St. Thomas Church to align with Gloucester Street[2] (renamed Seán McDermott Street in 1932 after one of the names used by Seán Mac Diarmada[6]).

Originally the street had no official name, because Dublin Corporation was dissolved in 1924 and replaced by unelected commissioners. During the Civil War, anti-Treaty leader Cathal Brugha had been shot and wounded on Thomas Lane, off O'Connell Street, dying days later in hospital. The unofficial name "Cathal Brugha Street" gained currency with locals. It was officially adopted by the revived Corporation in 1932.[6]

In 1992, the next block east of Marlborough Street was redesignated from Seán McDermott Street to Cathal Brugha Street by the Corporation, after a plebiscite of local ratepayers. The abutting plots were derelict and Seán McDermott Street was a byword for urban deprivation and crime; it was hoped the rename would aid urban renewal investment, and a private apartment block was built on the renamed section, named "Gresham House" after the Gresham Hotel on O'Connell Street.[7]

St. Thomas church


Among the post-1923 buildings, the new Anglican St. Thomas Church designed by W. Hicks was the winner of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland Gold Medal for Architecture 1932-34.

The street is best known as the location of DIT School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology, formerly the College of Catering, and widely referred to simply as "Cathal Brugha Street".[8] It was designed by Robinson and Keefe Architects as an Institute for Women's work, and incorporates many of the features used in their earlier Technical School and Library in Marino Mart, Fairview. The sculpture at the corner of the building nearest O'Connell Street by Hayes, shows women displaying the skills learned in the College, such as knitting. DIT put the building up for sale at €20m in 2016 in preparation for moving to its Grangegorman Development Agency campus.[9] Larkin Community College is also located on Cathal Brugha Street.


  1. ^ Official Dublin street guide: city & district (10th ed.). Dublin: Ordnance Survey Ireland. 2013. p. 71. ISBN 978-1908852205.
  2. ^ a b c "The O'Connell Street Architectural Conservation Area" (PDF). Dublin City Council. 2001. pp. 16–17, 24. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  3. ^ MacCready, Christopher Teeling (1892). "Findlater's-pl." (PDF). Dublin Street Names, dated and explained. Dublin: Hodges Figgis. p. 36. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  4. ^ Shaffrey, Maura (1988). "Sackville Street / O'Connell Street" (PDF). Irish Arts Review (Yearbook): 148. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 June 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015. Businesses such as Findlaters, after which Gregg's Lane was renamed
  5. ^ "Map sheet DN018-07 centred on Findlater Place, surveyed in 1907". 25-inch map. Ordnance Survey. June 1911. Archived from the original on 29 August 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  6. ^ a b Conboy, Séamus (Autumn 2011). "Changing Dublin Street Names, 1880s to 1940s". Dublin Historical Record. Old Dublin Society. 64 (2): 217. JSTOR 23365130.
  7. ^ "A road by any other name". The Irish Times. 24 October 1992. p. 40. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  8. ^ "St Thomas Church of Ireland". Archived from the original on 25 March 2008. Retrieved 22 February 2008.
  9. ^ Flanagan, Peter (2 March 2016). "DIT catering college put on the block for up to €20m". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2 March 2016.

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