Kildare Street

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Kildare Street
Kildare Street.jpg
North end near Trinity College
Kildare Street is located in Central Dublin
Kildare Street
Native nameSráid Chill Dara (Irish)
Former name(s)Coote Street
NamesakeJames FitzGerald, 1st Duke of Leinster and 20th Earl of Kildare
Length400 m (1,300 ft)
Width15 m (49 ft)
LocationDublin, Ireland
Postal codeD02
Coordinates53°20′31″N 06°15′17″W / 53.34194°N 6.25472°W / 53.34194; -6.25472Coordinates: 53°20′31″N 06°15′17″W / 53.34194°N 6.25472°W / 53.34194; -6.25472
north endNassau Street, Leinster Street South
south endSt. Stephen's Green North
Known forLeinster House, National Library of Ireland, National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Alliance française
Leinster House
The former palace of the Duke of Leinster. Since 1922, it has been the seat of both houses of the Irish parliament.

Kildare Street (Irish: Sráid Chill Dara) is a street in Dublin, Ireland.


Kildare Street is close to the principal shopping area of Grafton Street and Dawson Street, to which it is joined by Molesworth Street. Trinity College lies at the north end of the street while St Stephen's Green is at the southern end, with the well-known Shelbourne Hotel on the eastern corner.[citation needed]


Kildare Street is named after James FitzGerald, 1st Duke of Leinster and 20th Earl of Kildare, who built Leinster House. The street was previously known as Coote Street[1] up to 1753, earlier as Coote Lane, with the area was historically known as Molesworth fields or "lands of Tib and Tom".[2]

In 1972, in advance of Ireland joining the then European Economic Community the then Chief Justice, and later President of Ireland, Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh wrote to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Patrick Hillery, also later President of Ireland, seeking for the street to be renamed Rue de l'Europe.[3]


On the corner with Leinster Street is the former Kildare Street Club, which before the partition of Ireland was at the heart of the Anglo-Irish Protestant Ascendancy. The building now houses the Dublin offices of Alliance française.[2]

Some Irish government departments have their offices on this street but Leinster House, the current seat of the Oireachtas (Irish parliament), built by Richard Cassels in 1745 is Kildare Street's most important building.[2] The National Library of Ireland and the Archaeology branch of the National Museum of Ireland[4] are located on either side of the Leinster House and were built in 1885.[2]

The 1935 Department of Industry and Commerce government buildings are a rare and largely unaltered Art Deco public building. The building features relief sculptures by Gabriel Hayes.[2]

In 1969, the Irish government announced it would be building the largest office block built in Dublin to that date on a plot of land on Kildare Place behind the Shelbourne Hotel. The plan was to build a 8-story block providing the Department of Agriculture with 4 acres of office space. Named Agriculture House, it was designed by Stephenson Gibney and Associates. It is constructed using Armagh limestone aggregate which helped the building sit in its surroundings.[5]

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  1. ^ M'Cready, C. T. (1987). Dublin street names dated and explained. Blackrock, Co. Dublin: Carraig. p. 55. ISBN 1-85068-005-1. OCLC 263974843. Archived from the original on 25 September 2021. Retrieved 25 May 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e Clerkin, Paul (2001). Dublin street names. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. pp. 99–104. ISBN 0-7171-3204-8. OCLC 48467800. Archived from the original on 25 September 2021. Retrieved 25 May 2022.
  3. ^ "Revealed: the gaffes of Ó Dálaigh". Irish Independent. 24 November 2012. Archived from the original on 27 April 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  4. ^ Kelly, Eamonn P. "Treasures of Ireland: Catalogue entries, Late Bronze Age and Iron Age Antiquities". Treasures of Ireland: Irish Art 3000 BC - 1500 AD. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 1983, p. 4
  5. ^ McDonald, Frank (1985). The destruction of Dublin. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan. pp. 180–181. ISBN 0-7171-1386-8. OCLC 60079186. Archived from the original on 24 September 2021. Retrieved 25 September 2021.

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