D'Olier Street

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D'Olier Street
D'Olier Street, Dublin (DSC06427).jpg
D'Olier Street is located in Central Dublin
D'Olier Street
Native nameSráid D'Olier  (Irish)
NamesakeJeremiah D'Olier
Length160 m (520 ft)
Width22 metres (72 ft)
LocationDublin, Ireland
Postal codeD02
Coordinates53°20′47″N 6°15′30″W / 53.346494°N 6.25823°W / 53.346494; -6.25823Coordinates: 53°20′47″N 6°15′30″W / 53.346494°N 6.25823°W / 53.346494; -6.25823
northwest endO'Connell Bridge
southeast endCollege Street, Townsend Street
Other
Known forThe Irish Times, O'Connell Bridge House
The D'Olier Chambers building on the corner of D'Olier Street and Hawkins Street.

D'Olier Street (/dəˈlɪər/)[1][2] is a street in the southern city-centre of Dublin, the capital of Ireland. It and Westmoreland Street are two broad streets whose northern ends meet at the southern end of O'Connell Bridge over the River Liffey. Its southern end meets Fleet Street, Townsend Street, College Street and Pearse Street.

The street is named after Jeremiah D'Olier (1745–1817), a Huguenot goldsmith and a founder of the Bank of Ireland.[3] D'Olier was the Sheriff of Dublin City in 1788 and a member of the Wide Streets Commission. The street was one of the last major interventions in the Dublin city plan to be executed by the Wide Streets Commissioners.[4]

Notable addresses[edit]

From 1895 to 2006, Irish Times was based in D'Olier Street, leading the paper to be nicknamed The Old Lady of D'Olier Street.[5] The paper is now based in Tara Street.[5]

O'Connell Bridge House is located at 2 D'Olier Street.[6] This office development was extended in 1968, by the same developer as O'Connell Bridge House, John Byrne. Alongside D'Olier House these modern office blocks surround the former headquarters of the Dublin Gas Company, a rare surviving art deco building in Dublin, was also designed by Desmond FitzGerald. D'Olier House has been leased by the Department of Social Welfare since shortly after its completion.[7]

In 1830, Samuel Lover was secretary of the Royal Hibernian Academy and lived at number 9 D'Olier Street.

In 1891 James Franklin Fuller designed the D'Olier Chambers building of yellow brick and terracotta for the Gallaher Tobacco Company.[8]

Manchester United opened a team store on the street in 2000.[9] It closed in 2002.[10]

A number of nightclubs have operated on the street, including Club XXI and Redz in the 2000s. [11] As of March 2020 Tramline, at number 21, was the only club in operation on the street.[12]

References[edit]

Citations

  1. ^ "19 Irish Place Names That Tourists Will Absolutely Love". Lovin.ie.
  2. ^ "Pronunciations - James Joyce Online Notes". www.jjon.org.
  3. ^ Christine Casey (2005). Dublin: The City Within the Grand and Royal Canals and the Circular Road with the Phoenix Park. Yale University Press. p. 417. ISBN 978-0-300-10923-8. Retrieved 15 February 2009.
  4. ^ "D'Olier Street, Dublin - Buildings of Ireland - Irish Architecture". Archiseek. Archived from the original on 21 November 2008. Retrieved 15 February 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Old Lady of d'Olier St set to pack her bags".
  6. ^ Carey, Tim (3 November 2016). Dublin since 1922. Hachette Books Ireland. ISBN 9781473620018 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ McDonald 1985, p. 39.
  8. ^ "1891 – D'Olier Chambers, D'Olier Street, Dublin". February 17, 2010.
  9. ^ "Manchester United open shop in Dublin".
  10. ^ "Manchester United Lose Millions on Irish Property Deal".
  11. ^ "The ultimate list of closed Dublin nightclubs we'll never forget". 28 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Top 10 places you're GUARANTEED to get the shift in Dublin". 24 February 2020.

Sources

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