Wicklow Street

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Wicklow Street: "Happy Christmas" – A Christmas greeting in Irish. (2006)

Wicklow Street (Irish: Sráid Chill Mhantáin) is a well known shopping street located in the heart of Dublin city centre, running from Grafton Street in the east to Exchequer Street and South William Street in the west.[citation needed]

In 1776, the street was originally part of Exchequer Street, named after the old Exchequer which was sited there, having formerly been known from 1728 as Chequer Lane.[1] In those days, Exchequer Street ran from Georges Street onto Grafton Street and the eastern end of the street did not become Wicklow Street until 1838. Back then,[when?] the residents of this part of the street petitioned the Wide Streets Commissioners to have the name changed because of the bad reputation which made it difficult to find respectable tenants for the properties.[citation needed] The current name comes from County Wicklow, the Irish county that borders Dublin to the south.

Since the 1980s, some of the street has been pedestrianised, and it is now one of Ireland's most expensive streets, along with Grafton Street.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Bardon, Carol and Jonathan (1988). If Ever You Go to Dublin Town. Belfast: The Blackstaff Press. p. 99. ISBN 0-85640-397-0. 

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Coordinates: 53°20′35″N 6°15′40″W / 53.34306°N 6.26111°W / 53.34306; -6.26111