Washington Street, Cork

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Washington Street (Sráid Washington in Irish), is a street in Cork city, Ireland. Built in 1824, it runs from the old medieval town centre onto the western marshes. It was originally named "Great George's Street" in honour of King George III.[1] In 1918, the people of Cork renamed it as a tribute to George Washington.[2] The street itself links the Western Road with the Grand Parade.

Cork Courthouse

Notable buildings on Washington Street include the Cork City Courthouse and St Augustine's Catholic Church.

The pedestrian crossing of Washington Street and Grand Parade is one of the busiest in Cork.[citation needed]


Washington Street is one of the centres of Cork city's nightlife with bars, nightclubs, and restaurants located on the street (or close to it) in an area marketed as "Washington Village".


  1. ^ "A Changing Townscape, early 1800s". Corkheritage.ie. Retrieved 26 October 2009. 
  2. ^ Gina Johnson. "The Laneways of Medieval Cork (a study carried out as part of Cork City Council’s Major Initiative)" (PDF). Cork Past and Present. Cork City Library. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 

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Coordinates: 51°53′50″N 8°28′55″W / 51.89722°N 8.48194°W / 51.89722; -8.48194