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Bóthar na gCloch
Neighbourhood of Dublin
Stoneybatter, Dublin
Stoneybatter, Dublin
Stoneybatter is located in Central Dublin
Location in Dublin
Coordinates: Coordinates: 53°21′02″N 6°16′35″W / 53.35056°N 6.27639°W / 53.35056; -6.27639
Postal district

Stoneybatter, historically known as Bohernaglogh (Irish: Bóthar na gCloch), is a neighbourhood of Dublin, Ireland, on the Northside of the city between the River Liffey, the North Circular Road, Smithfield Market, and Grangegorman. It is in the D7 postal district. The name dates from at least 1603.[1]

It is often referred to as Dublin's "hipster quarter"[2] and was in TimeOut magazine's list of '40 coolest neighbourhoods in the world' in 2019.[3]


James Collins' 1913 book Life in Old Dublin notes that "Centuries ago (Stoneybatter) was called Bothar-na-gCloch". In Joyce's Irish names of places we find the following interesting information as to the original name of the place: "Long before the city had extended so far, and while Stoneybatter was nothing more than a country road, it was -- as it still continues to be -- the great thoroughfare to Dublin from the districts lying west and north-west of the city; and it was known by the name of Bothar-na-gCloch (Bohernaglogh), i.e. the road of the stones, which was changed to the English equivalent, Stoneybatter or stony road".

Stoneybatter is the main location for events in the Tana French novel "The Trespasser" and the area is mentioned in the Irish folk song "The Spanish Lady".

In recent years the area has become known as an example of an area undergoing gentrification.[4][5][6][7]

Local street names[edit]

Viking names[edit]

Apart from the striking artisan dwellings, the area is also known for its prominent Viking street names. For example, there is Viking Road, Olaf Road, Thor Place, Sitric Road, Norseman Place, Ard Ri Road, Malachi Road, Ostman Place, Ivar Street, Sigurd Road and Harold Road. At the time of the Norman invasion, the Vikings, Ostmen or Austmenn (men of the East) as they called themselves, were exiled to the north of the Liffey where they founded the hamlet of Ostmenstown, later to become Oxmantown.

A mural advertising the Stoneybatter Festival in the area
Welcome to Stonybatter road sign

Other street names[edit]

The northern end of Stoneybatter derives its name of Manor Street, bestowed in 1780, from the Manor of Grangegorman in which it was located. During the reign of Charles II (1660-1680), the Manor was held by Sir Thomas Stanley, a knight of Henry Cromwell and a staunch supporter of the Restoration. The short thoroughfare in Stoneybatter called Stanley Street is named after him.[8][9]

Popular culture[edit]

The streets and surrounding areas of Stoneybatter have been used as a filming location for both TV and film:

TV series[edit]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ M'Cready, C. T. (1987). Dublin Street Names: Dated and Explained. p. 128.
  2. ^ Freeman, Michael. "Your guide to Stoneybatter: Dublin's inner-city village with hipsters and a lot of heart".
  3. ^ "The 40 coolest neighbourhoods in the world". Time Out Worldwide.
  4. ^ Freeman, Michael. "Your guide to Stoneybatter: Dublin's inner-city village with hipsters and a lot of heart". Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Dublin Voices: Stoneybattered!". Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  6. ^ Birdthistle, Elizabeth. "Hipster transformation in Stoneybatter for €490,000". The Irish Times. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Facing up to the Gentrification of Dublin". Random Public Journal. 14 April 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  8. ^ Cosgrave, Augustine Dillon, and Carm, O., 'North Dublin City' in Dublin Historical Record, 23(1) (June 1969), p.7.
  9. ^ Ball, Francis Elrington, A History of County Dublin, Volume 6 (Dublin, 1920).
  10. ^ Hutch, Eleanore. "EVOKE gets sneak peek at Modern Love season two, filming in Dublin". Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  11. ^ "ReelStreets: Robbery". ReelStreets. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  12. ^ "Reelstreets: Tale of Sweety Barrett, The". ReelStreets. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  13. ^ MICHAEL DWYER (24 December 1999). "When Roddy met romance". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on 16 March 2019.

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