Oriel House, Westland Row

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Oriel House
South façade, Oriel House, Westland Row
Former namesDunlop House
General information
LocationWestland Row/Fenian St., Dublin
OwnerTrinity College, Dublin

Oriel House, Westland Row is a building at the intersection of Westland Row and Fenian Street in Dublin. It is owned by Trinity College Dublin and serves as the headquarters for the Connect Centre for Future Networks and Communications (formerly CTVR),[1] the Science Foundation Ireland research centre.


Oriel House was the address at which a US pneumatic tyre patent was drafted in 1893 'for the wheels of Velocipedes and other Vehicles'.[2]

The house served as headquarters for the Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Company, for which it was known as the Dunlop Oriel House.[1]

During the Irish Civil War, it became the base for the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Irish Free State - but separate from An Garda Síochána, the national police force.[3]

It was used by the Department of Lands in the late 1940s,[4] and Gaeltarra Eireann had its head office there in the 1950s.[5]


  1. ^ a b History of our headquarters Archived 2021-01-25 at the Wayback Machine on CVTR communications company of Ireland
  2. ^ "Patent Number 4600045 Pneumatic vehicle tire". Google Patents. p. 2. Retrieved 16 August 2009.
  3. ^ O'Halpin, Eunan (2000). Defending Ireland: the Irish state and its enemies since 1922. Oxford University Press. p. 11. ISBN 978-0-19-924269-6. Retrieved 16 August 2009.
  4. ^ "Oral Answers. - Housing of State and semi-State Organisations". Dáil Éireann. 27 April 1949. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2009.
  5. ^ O'Riordan, Michael (1979). Connolly Column: the story of the Irishmen who fought in the ranks of the International Brigades in the national-revolutionary war of the Spanish people, 1936-1939. New Books Publications. p. 20. ISBN 978-0-905140-75-9. Archived from the original on 25 September 2021. Retrieved 22 September 2009.