Oriel House, Westland Row

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This article is about the building that housed the former CID Headquarters, Dublin. For the hotel in Ballincollig, County Cork, see Oriel House.
Oriel House
South façade, Oriel House, Westland Row
Former names Dunlop House
General information
Type Offices
Location Westland Row/Fenian St., Dublin
Owner Trinity 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). Connect is a Science Foundation Ireland research centre.[1]

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] During the Irish Civil War, it became the base for the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Irish Free State's nascent 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. ^ "Connect Centre website". 
  2. ^ "Patent Number 4600045 Pneumatic vehicle tire". Google Patents. p. 2. Retrieved 2009-08-16.  horizontal tab character in |title= at position 14 (help)
  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 2009-08-16. 
  4. ^ "Oral Answers. - Housing of State and semi-State Organisations". Dáil Éireann. 27 April 1949. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 
  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. Retrieved 2009-09-22.