Nassau Street, Dublin

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Nassau Street
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Nassau Street, Dublin is located in Central Dublin
Nassau Street, Dublin
Native nameSráid Nassau, Sráid Thobar Phádraig  (Irish)
NamesakeHouse of Orange-Nassau
Length300 m (1,000 ft)
Width19 metres (62 ft)
LocationDublin, Ireland
Postal codeD02
Coordinates53°20′34″N 6°15′25″W / 53.342718°N 6.256892°W / 53.342718; -6.256892Coordinates: 53°20′34″N 6°15′25″W / 53.342718°N 6.256892°W / 53.342718; -6.256892
west endSuffolk Street, Grafton Street
east endKildare Street, Leinster Street South
Known forshops, cafés, meeting of James Joyce and Nora Barnacle

Nassau Street (/ˈnæsɔː/; Irish: Sráid Thobar Phádraig, meaning "St. Patrick's Well Street") is a street in central Dublin, running along the south side of Trinity College. It runs from Grafton Street in the west, to the junction of South Leinster Street and Kildare Street in the East.

The south side of the street is commercialised, with newsagents and a music shop to the east of the junction with Dawson Street and smaller shops to the west of it.

Formerly known as St Patrick's Well Lane after a 12th-century well, it was renamed in the 18th Century, after the accession to the throne of King William III, a member of the House of Orange-Nassau. To emphasise the point, one of the houses erected a marble bust of William with the couplet:

The site of the well is in the grounds of Trinity College, near the Nassau Street exit.

Folklore connects the well with Saint Patrick, who (legend states) struck the ground with his staff and brought forth water bubbling to the surface. The well dried up in 1729.

Nassau Street is also very famous for being the location in which Irish writer James Joyce met his lifelong love, Nora Barnacle on 10 June, 1904.

Two separate visits to the street by United States President Bill Clinton have made headlines. In December 2000, the outgoing US First Family visited the Blarney Woollen Mills store.[2] In March 2017, ex-President Clinton made an unannounced stop to the Kilkenny Store.[3]

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  1. ^ "Picturesque Dublin, Old and New", Frances Gerard, 1898, London, Hutchinson & Co. (Google Books)
  2. ^ "The Clintons Shopping in Dublin". RTÉ News. 12 December 2000. Retrieved 31 March 2020 – via RTÉ Archives.
  3. ^ Calnan, Denise (24 March 2017). "'I still think it's like a dream' - Dublin shop left in shock as former US President Bill Clinton pops in unannounced". Retrieved 31 March 2020.