Leeson Street

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Triumphal arch erected on Leeson Street Bridge for the visit of Edward VII to Dublin in 1903

Leeson Street (Irish: Sráid Líosain) is a thoroughfare near central Dublin, Ireland.

Originally known as Suesey Street, it was renamed in 1728 after the Leesons, a family of local brewers, who branched into property development and subsequently became Earls of Milltown.

In 1767 a Magdalen Asylum was established by Lady Arabella Denny in the street for Protestant women.[1]

The street is divided into two parts by the Grand Canal: Lower Leeson Street, in Dublin 2 is to the north of the canal, linking to St Stephen's Green, with Upper Leeson Street, in the Dublin 4 region, south of the canal.

The main office of the Ombudsman is located on the lower end of the street.[2] It is also home to the Catholic University School a prestigious private boys school.

In 1990, Caravaggio's lost masterpiece, The Taking of Christ, was recognised in the residence of the Jesuit Communication Centre on Lower Leeson Street.[3][4] Broadcaster Gerry Ryan lived and died on this street.[5]


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  1. ^ Kilfeather, Siobhán Marie (2005). Dublin: A Cultural History. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 258. ISBN 978-0-19-518202-6. 
  2. ^ About us, Office of the Ombudsman
  3. ^ Walshe, Elaine (2013–14). "A Picture Of Mystery". The Irish Letter. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Taking of Christ, Caravaggio". National Gallery of Ireland. 16 October 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Gerry Ryan found dead". Irish Examiner. 30 April 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 

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Coordinates: 53°20′00″N 6°15′16″W / 53.33333°N 6.25444°W / 53.33333; -6.25444