I may have had a somewhat rose tinted view of the Ballybough area when starting the ground survey – based its fantastical history. The day started on a rocky note as I dodged showers, got caught in Tall Ships traffic and my bus wouldn’t go past O’Connell Street. Though miraculously I was only showered with rain on three occasions throughout the day – good going! By the end of the day, I was certainly seeing Ballybough more clearly.
History of Ballybough
Ballybough has a rather infamous history as an area of ill repute where thieves and smugglers ran riot in the 18th century. There is a terrific piece of radio on the changing face of Fairview series in which Denis McIntyre illustrates its chequered past. Ballybough Bridge – now called Luke Kelly bridge used to be the city boundary and a large gate was locked at night in an effort to keep undesirables out – though by the sound of it – many of them lived just inside the gate.
The area was known as Mud Island before East Wall was reclaimed from the sea. Those mud flats acted as the perfect hiding place for smuggled goods and passing ships’ workers would siphon off cargo to be sold in the black market. Of course the authorities were wise to this but it was only the most courageous of law enforcement officials who would venture on to this patch of land and the ensuing conflicts led to many bloody scenes. A corpse on the street was not thought to be much to speak of, infact there was a gallows on Ballybough Bridge where the corpses of those hanged were allowed to remain for several days to deter would be thieves.
The Suicide Plot
At the end of Ballybough Road at the intersection with Clonliffe Road was The Suicide Plot – an unconsecrated graveyard set aside for undesirables and mostly for those who had committed suicide – thought to be a great sin in those days. Local belief is that when buried, the corpses were staked through the heart to prevent their tormented souls from troubling the inhabitants of the area. Whether this is true or not – the Suicide Plot is known to have been a large influence on Bram Stoker in the creation of his infamous novel Dracula as he spent hours wandering the grounds. Unfortunately – the site is today garnished by three large advertising boards and not a single mention of its rather illustrious history. Locals are trying to have this site commemorated and the boards removed but as we all know the wheels of commerce grind faster than those of philanthropy.
Development of Ballybough
This was an area that saw its fair share of the the rising and was heavily damaged by the 1940′s bombings. It is understandable that there has been some loss of original cottage style buildings but thankfully the loss is not as great as you would imagine. The most notable casualty is that of the Ballybough Cottages themselves, the entire street has disappeared and is now the site of a large high rise council housing estate. Closer to the city side again several streets of original cottages were cleared to make way for the Croke Villas council development. This development is now in the process of being cleared of its inhabitants and has been bought by the GAA for redevelopment after many years of near dereliction. It is amazing to think that the surrounding beautiful and original houses have survived centuries yet these council developments are so disposable that they last mere decades.
Further down towards the East Wall end of Ballybough I began to encounter some unpleasantness that has certainly made me consider how I go about surveying. At first it was just young kids hassling me which was all just banter and I simply walked away hoping that they wouldn’t follow. Unfortunately when I was surveying Bayview Avenue a lovely man stopped me to point out that there was a tyre raid going on at the end of the street and to stay back from it. One young fellow had scaled the roof of the local tyre garage and was flinging tyres out to the waiting group of about 20 kids who then rolled them away to their hiding place in preparation for bonfire night.
Not content with just stealing the tyres some were also damaging a nearby Volkswagen Golf – jumping on the bonnet, opening the doors and destroying the interiors. This was in full daylight, just off a busy thoroughfare – I was entirely unprepared for it. Many of the occupants of the really lovely Bayview Avenue were out and frustrated as this was the third day in a row with this behaviour. Repeated calls to the emergency services proved fruitless, it always took them at least a half an hour to arrive and the kids knew this. In fact the man who stopped me called the guards while I was with him and was very upset about how disrespectfully he was treated by the guard on the phone. Eventually he was told a car would be there ‘in rotation’.
I took a different route down on to the North Wall Road to access Newcomen Court and came across several of the very young kids rolling their tyres across the road – stopping busy traffic by rolling their tyres out onto the road dangerously. My heart was in my mouth as the motorists were not aware of what was going on and some of these kids were about the same size as their tyres! Having crossed the street successfully they were stopped by a lady outside the entrance to Newcomen Court and asked ‘Who gave yez those’, I thought – they are in for it now! The young fella who answered was entirely guileless and simply stated ‘We robbed em!’ and then looked on with wide eyes to see what the consequence of his admission would be. I continued on my way but about five minutes later on my way back, I saw the same lady carrying one of the better tyres – presumably for her own car and sending the kids on their merry way with their booty.
Though the damage to the car was mindless and horrible, what struck me most was how a century may have passed but that the antics and situation were exactly what I would have imagined in the tenements. The kids were pure rogues going about their old tradition as the song goes ‘the only way they know how, that’s just a little bit more than the law will allow’.
I certainly don’t condone anti-social behaviour but the story could be told in any of Kevin c Kearn’s excellent tales of the Tenements from the early part of the 1900′s and I would have found it charming. Having said that, I definitely feel that I could do with a partner when surveying East Wall, just for peace of mind!
For the record – as I rambled back up the North Strand Road about a half hour later to survey the Springarden area cottages, the guards had indeed turned up and were walking around the damaged car but the kids… you guessed it… were nowhere to be found.
Like a rose, most of Ballybough is very charming but be careful of those thorns. The next few weeks will be the full survey of the infamously enduring Ballybough area.
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Sorry for the delay with getting this article posted folks, it has been a crazy few weeks and I had the great fortune of meeting and interviewing some lovely people in this area so I wanted to hold off until I had their input. Also apologies for the quality of the photography, it was a hot day and I cleverly carried my camera around in my pocket so the lens fogged up, live and learn! This article details the cottages remaining in the Great Charles Street, Summerhill and North Circular Road Areas.
Charles Street Great Area
In the Charles Street Great area, just off the North Circular Road, several cottages were built on the land of the Free Church sometime between 1837 and 1907. The church was originally known as Wesley Chapel and is now better known as Pavee Point. I will let Dublin City Libraries tell the story of the church:
The Free Church was built by the Methodists in 1800 and was initially known as ‘Wesley Chapel’. In 1816 a group called the Primitive Wesleyan Methodists split from the Methodist Church and the Wesley Church fell into their hands. However, the building was too large for their members who moved to a new location at Langrishe Place, Summerhill. The landlord Bennet Dugdale refused to allow it to be sold to Catholics and it was bought by the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin William Magee and reconsecrated in 1828. A ‘free church’ is one where no pew debts are paid and depends entirely on voluntary subscription. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, Summerhill and its immediate environs was considered to be the best area of the city. The nineteenth century saw a gradual but constant migration of the upper classes from this area to the suburbs of Rathmines and Rathgar. By the 1900s the area was noted for its poverty. The last service was held at the ‘Free Church’ in 1988.
- History courtsy of Dublin City Libraries.
Charles Street Great
On the North side of Charles Street Great there is a terrace of 11 Georgian style cottages split by Emmet Street. They are single story over basement but as the road tends to slope down to the east the cottages begin to look more and more like houses with the basement area of the end of the terrace at road level. They feature a single large window to one side of the door and a semi-circular plain fanlight over the door with a cream/yellow brick accent in the details. Again on this street there is a blend of different styles with the first 5 cottages including decorative brickwork on the parapets and a twisted rope decorative plasterwork detail around the door (though this has been removed on some). The windows themselves are large sash style windows. On the other cottages there is less detail with uniform red coloured brick detailing around the windows and doors and a plain parapet.
From the c. 1867 map we can see that only about five of the cottages were built first yet it is strange that the five that were built do not seem to correspond with the five of a similar style on the street. Yet another little Dublin city cottage mystery!
Across the road are the traditional large three story over basement Georgian buildings but they do not seem to overshadow the terrace of cottages.
A similar terrace of cottages was built on Emmet Street with the same detailing around the windows and doors though there is a notable absense of parapets. The detailing under the guttering matches the Charles Street Great houses despite the roofs being flush with the outside wall. The front wall of first cottage has been altered with a mock stone effect render and the third has smooth render but the other cottages all retain their original facade. Perhaps the reason for the higher roof profile is that there is no basement in these cottages.
Again from the 1867 map we can see that five cottages were built first on the new Emmet Street that bisected the lands of the Methodist Church grounds to join up with the intersection of Fitzgibbon Street and the North Circular Road.
Hidden away between Fitzgibbon Place and Charles Street Great and just off Charles Lane is the charming little cul-de-sac of Tyrrell Place which overlooks the rear of the Methodist Church. Eight narrow two story cottages nestle on the Northern side of the street and have the appearance of being untouched by time or the outside world. Most of the cottages retain their original 12 panel Georgian sash windows and simple brick detailing over the windows and doors. There is one window to one side of the main door and a central window on the first floor. The guttering is unusually external with original cast iron pipes and connections.
Sherrard Street Lower Area
Williams Place Lower
These cottages have strangely narrower windows than usual with two to one side of the door. The first house also has an uncharacteristic hipped roof. They have a red decorative ridge detail with red tiles defining the edges of the hipped roof. In a style similar to those at Shamrock Cottages there is a line of redbrick running the length of the terrace at the top of the window level. While not entirely out of charachter with the typical Dublin City Cottages, the slightly differing details and their relative isolation from any other cottages makes them something of an anomolae so far. The 1907 map suggests that there was an entire terrace of these cottages running straight through to ‘Cottage Place’ but the site where the existing cottages are is empty on the 1837 map though the rest of the terrace remains complete. These cottages seem to have been built later which is most likely why they survived the cull of the mid 1900′s.
Summerhill & North Circular Road Areas
Thompsons Cottages would have been built some time between 1864 and 1907 and form a laneway joining Summerhill and Rutland Place North. They are less traditional in features with larger windows and most of them seem to be pebble dashed whether original or a fashion on the street. In honesty this street is just included because the name is Thompson’s cottages but in reality these appear to be houses that could have been built by any council in the past 50 years. Perhpas there is more to be told but I don’t have a lot of information about this street as yet.
This image really threw me off with the Richmond Cottages, from the image of the bombings the houses appear to be small two story cottages yet the houses that are there today are three bay houses. The mystery warrented another trip to Dublin 1 for some additional on the ground research and I was lucky enough to meet with the owner of one of the houses – Brian Tracy who was a mine of information about the area. The cottages as they stand – some three bay and some two bay – are 200 years old next year. His house was built in July 1813, the inhabitants of the street were originally mostly coach makers and dairy farmers. In fact – Eamon DeValera’s wife – Sinéad Ní Fhlannagáin grew up in number 6 Richmond Cottages.
I also spoke with the lovely Fanny White whose family used to own a farm at the end of Richmond Street and ran a dairy in the area. Fanny used to deliver milk all along the North Circular road and after leaving the farm she ran the local shop around the corner on Richmond Cottages until her retirement some 20 years ago. Pat Kenny and Derek Davis were some of her regular patrons as schoolboys from the nearby O’Connell’s schools. When I quizzed her about the misleading name of ‘Richmond Cottage’s she told me that there was a movement some time ago to have the name changed as it was misleading and from what I gather – demeaning to the stature of the street, but that the petition fell through. According to Mr. Tracy – ‘well they are cottages by comparison to the houses on Richmond Place” (Now the North Circular Road).
The Richmond Cottages area is split into two perpendicular roads and the road linking Richmond Street and Summerhill Parade is much more traditional and haphazard in appearance – of course this makes me love it even more. The street is very reminicant of an older Ireland. The first building you come across is an ususual two story dwelling with the entrance on the south eastern gable – a simple half door and a window overhead both painted in charming bottle green. I would love to know what the original use for this building would have been, I would guess at some kind of store or dairy. Across the street is Fanny White’s shop which was also a shebeen prior her family owning it so its history is long and varied.
The Cottages themselves start as three bay two story cottages with one window on either side of the main doorway which has a plain semi-circular fanlight. They have a plain, unadorned parapet, are built in brown stone with typical Georgian detailing over the windows and doors. As you continue twards the end of the street some of the cottages become two bay cottages with the window to one side of the door. There are also some differences in the detailing over the upstairs windows which is most likely due to differing builders and renovations.
The end of the cottages leads on to Richmond Parade and Richmond Crescent. Richmond Crescent is a terrace of just 9 cottages with a stone (possibly granite ?!?) lintel detail over the door and single upstairs window. They have small plain rectangular fanlights over the door and share a central chimney breast with their neighbour. They are redbrick construction with slate roofs and a (terracotta) ridge tile effect. There is an additional dwelling squeezed into the opposite corner of the street – the dwelling is in a similar style but it would be interesting to know if it was built at the same time as the rest of the buildings on the Crescent or if it was a later addition in the same style. This crescent was the latest part of the area to be built – they were built some time after 1907.
Richmond Parade is newer than the original Richmond Cottages but predates the 1907 maps and consists of a bit of a hodgepodge of styles. Some of the buildings resemble those of the smaller Richmond Cottages two bay’s and some are similar to those on Richmond Crescent with the stone lintels over the door and a single centered second story window. It is hard to tell how this part of the street would have been formed with such a varied mix of styles. I love the effect of the mix of old and new on this street with Croke Park forming the backdrop like an otherworldly being overseeing all.
One single solitary cottages stands alone on Richmond street. A single story over basement cottage, it looks quite forlorn standing alone without a buddy to lean on and reinforced as it is with metal defensive grids over the windows, a roller shutter door and war-like barbed wire over the walls. My guess is that this is no longer a residential dwelling.
St. Joseph’s Villas
Though these are most certainly not cottages by any stretch of the imagination, I am including this little street with just two houses on it because the street is stunningly traditional and unchanged from how it would have looked in the 1800′s. The cobbles are all original and in great shape except for where the council have made terrible remedial works. Even the foothpath has the original kerbing around it. I am assuming that this street led to the fields beyond and perhaps was the access to a farm at one point, though today it is a back alley for small local commerce and two houses that are again highly fortified to deal with the raiders of the 21st century.
Dublin 1 – current cottages round-up
So that is it for the roundup of the Dublin 1 City Cottages. If you have not read the other two articles on Dublin 1 – see at the bottom of this article for the links to take you there and please feel free to comment or suggest any improvements. The next article will be documenting the streets of cottages that are no longer in existence. There is very little information on those streets so I am hoping that people will come forward with stories of them and the people who lived in them as the article is published.
Please feel free to comment on any aspect of the project, if there is incorrect information I would be delighted to hear the correct version and amend the article. My hope is to actively promote community participation so I can gather as much information as possible.
I have to say a huge thank you to Dublin Civic Trust and all of those involved in Dublin Garden Squares Day yesterday for an absolutely fantastic and informative day.
Mountjoy Square Architectural Walk
I started the day at the Mountjoy Square Architectural Walk which was given by Karin O’Flanagan who graciously allowed us in and around her beautiful home at 54 Mountjoy Square. Karin has kept this building in amazing condition and she rents out the beautiful Oval room as self catering guest accomodation. I’d highly recommend staying there for anyone who wants to soak up the history of the city – what better way than to stay in what would originally have been the family parlour of one of the Georgian houses on Dublin’s only perfectly designed Garden square. The apartment is fully self catering with a kitchen, bathroom and an adorable loft style bedroom area. Not only will you be getting the chance to experience Georgian living first hand but you will also be contributing to the survival and revival of these stunning houses! Check out the photos and further information on booking at Airbnb.com
Karin took us around the square explaining the details of all of the houses and each of their particularities with such charm and interest despite the constant threat of rain. Next Bernadette took over and brought us into the interior of two further Georgian houses on the square, the second of which is her home – a stunning apartment on the second floor. Bernadette and her husband consider themselves as custodians of the apartment whose lounge is just about one of the most stunning rooms I have ever been in. A perfect square in shape, the plasterwork on the ceiling is exquisit and yet the entire apartment really feels like a home without loosing any modern conveniences. It is an excellent example of living in the 21st century while still keeping the elegance and grandure of the 19th century. Bernadette also rents out the basement apartment in her building to help with the upkeep of the building so check it out at Airbnb.com
Iveagh Gardens Architectural Tour
As is the case on most Irish get togethers I was fortunate to meet another lovely girl – Maria and we both trotted off to the next of the days available walks – The Iveagh Gardens as given by Donal Raynor of the Office of Public Works. Donal took us around the park giving us a tour of the grounds, how is was back in the day when it was owned by Desmond Guinness and how it has changed and been restored over the years. The highlight of the tour was being taken along the back of the huge cascading waterfall that overlooks the park with the stunning infinity pool effect.
Fitzwilliam SquareLast stop of the day was the Fitzwilliam Square Architectural Walking tour by Graham Hickey of Dublin Civic Trust and were we in for a treat. For two hours Graham took us through the history of the Georgian era, explained why and how the Georgian Squares were formed, gave us indepth explainations of details like pointing and how glass was made in the Georgian and Victorian eras. He also took us around the back of the square to learn more about the mews entrance to the buildings. The rain wasn’t kind but Graham kept going despite it thankfully. I had never been in Fitzwilliam Square’s garden which is very sweet and was surprised to learn that the gardens were not supposed to be closed in by trees but more form a vista for the houses around the square.
It was an incredible day which was made possible by the generosity and passion of all of those who gave their time to organise and host the events for free. Times are hard and every penny must be accounted for but it is a shame that many of these buildings are being left go to ruin by unscrupulous owners who either leave them to rot as they collect crazy rents for poor living conditions or those who let the buildings crumble and ignore their existence as their value has fallen. Mercyfully, thanks to the extreme efforts of a few ordinary individuals who put every penny and more of what they own into restoring and preserving these houses and others dedicate all of their time and knowledge, Georgian Dublin and our history might have some chance of survival. How trivially we treat our heritage is a genuine shame but hopefully a consequence of these tours will be increased awareness and fingers crossed – increased funding and support.
One of the most enduring sights of the North Strand Road is the Five Lamps – a decorative, commemorative gas lamp post with five lanterns most noted for giving directions and playfully determining the ‘true Dub’ from the blow in’s to the city. For more information see this great short video – The Five Lamps | A whole new world by Dublin City Public Librarys.
Probably one of the most fascinating facts about this street is that prior to 1673 this road was the waters edge and a very fashionable area to live in. After the North Lotts were filled in it a appears that there were both beautiful Georgian mid-sized houses and cottages flanking both sides of the streets. However on the night of the 31st of May 1941 the Germans dropped four bombs on the area, killing 28 people and injuring 90. About 300 houses were destroyed and and the ground has remained somewhat problematic ever since. Officially the German’s apologised and compensated the Irish government however the true reason for the attack is thought to be either as retaliation for aiding the rescue efforts after the Belfast bombings or to force Ireland’s hand out of its neutral stance. As you can see from the gallery below (images courtsey of Dublin City Libraries) there were many side streets of cottages that were destroyed or damaged beyond repair during the attacks.
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After the bombings Dublin City Corporation did what it could to clean up the area and provide housing for those displaced by the bombings. Unfortunatley the housing they erected were some of the now infamous Dublin City flats, wripping the original character out of the area in favor of high density, low amenity development. There is no doubt that conditions were much better in the new flats than they were in the small, old cottages but as we have seen over time – the flats brought their own set of problems.
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North Strand Road
At the corner of North Strand Road and Seville Place are two semi detached cottages. They are constructed of a type of brown stone with parapet detailing to hide the guttering and four fireplaces per cottage. One of the cottages has two frontal windows – one on either side of the door but I am not entirely sure which of the two it is. At first glance it appears to belong to the one on the left (No. 175) as its defence forces are significantly lower, however the placement of the shared chimney stack would indicate that the additional room belongs to the right hand cottage – No. 176. Its a mystery! A side window appears to have been tastefully bricked up on Number 176.
I believe that this terrace was known as Seville Lane from the 1911 census which at least predates them to before that time. They are also mentioned in the Griffiths Valuation of 1847 to 1864 but the map shows a very different picture to today so I’d doubt that the cottages that stand now are the same as those referred to in the Griffiths Valuation. There are 12 cottages that appear to be similar to the Dublin Artisan’s Dwelling Companies Type E cottage with rectangular fanlight over the door altough the two windows are located on either side of the main door. The boot scraper is absent and these cottages are built using redbrick similar to some of the Georgian buildings in the area. The builders have managed to include some ornamentation over the door and windows despite a low external eaves detail. Under the eaves are little evenly spaced bricks – presumably for more than just decorative purposes. The chimneys are quite ornate redbricked affairs and give the cottages a little air of grandure. I do not have any history of these cottages but I would love to know more! The end of Seville Terrace are the redbricked arches of the railway and underneath the line are several businesses. One little oddity is 14a Seville Terrace. It is very hard to classify this building – its stature gives it the air of a cottage yet from the outside it has the look of a cross between a barn, cottage and an old wall. It has stone walls, a large beam acting as lintel over the door and window, brown brick outlining an arch and redbrick coloring it in. Some bizarre decorative plasterwork around one window and render on the side elevation. It is on the market at the moment for €148,000 and the owner kindly provided me with the following history:
it was first a domestic residence in the 1960s and the extension (downstairs kitchen and bathroom) was completed in 1993. Prior to that, it was used as a coachhouse/stable attached to the house behind on Seville Place. Its age is about the same as the Seville Place property (Note: 101 Seville Place).
The interior is a whole different kettle of fish – olde worlde with exposed beams and timber pannelling upstairs, a bright kitchen, old cast iron radiators and a lovely sunny patio garden to the rear. Its a really charming curiosity – the brain wants to make sense out of the outside but the heart says love it for its individuality.
Shamrock Cottages has been my favourite little street of the Dublin 1 area. Tucked away behind the new flats on the south east side of North Strand road just before the canal is Shamrock Cottages. Again these are two story cottages but with some really beautiful detailing. They are mainly constructed of a yellow brick with an orange (terracotta) brick detailing around the doors and windows in that railway cottage style. There is also a line of this terracotta brick running the length of the terrace at the top of the windows on both the ground and first floors. The brick detailing under the exposed eaves is a little spoiled by the cables running along the walls but very few of us survive without electricity these days. There are 30 cottages in this street and the earliest mention of them that I have found is in the 1911 census which means that they survived the 1941 bombings in perfect shape.
It appears that these cottages were built by Dublin City Corporation (please correct me if I’m wrong) which would mean that they were built some time between 1887 and 1911.
North William Street
Numbers 8 to 15 North William Street are single storey terraced cottages to the front yet, two storey houses to the rear. The front of the cottages is in the Georgian style with a large window to one side of the door, a semi circular fanlight over the door and decorative plasterwork around the door. The bulk of the cottages are double deep with a valley between and four fireplaces per cottage.
It appears that this street was longer however several of the cottages were replaced by St. Agatha’s court which is itself now derelict and in the process of being demolished by Dublin City Council.
Aldborough HouseThe stunning abandoned building of Aldborough House on Portland Row and Killarney Street was a particularly sad part of this entire survey (see building at rear of five lamps image at the top of this article). I could not believe how a building as stunning as this could be allowed to fall into such a state of disrepair. The picture to the right shows just how close to the original building the council complex was built and how the house looked in 1837. It is now exposed to the elements as some rear windows appear to be missing and with a miniscule grant to preserve the building it seems doubtful that the situation will be significantly improved any time soon. I know there are hard times and everything is a cause but our historical architecture is something that once destroyed we can never get back. To view further information on what is happening with this building check out the discussion on archiseek – Aldborough House, Portland Row, Dublin .
No doubt many of the artisan workers in the nearby cottages would have worked on the Aldborough grounds and house, there may even have been cottages on the grounds.
Rutland Cottages were built on the gardens of an older house that was located off Buckingham Street, its garden backed on to Rutland Street Lower. I have heard it mentioned that the cottages that stand there today are not the originals. The cottages are split into two areas – a long straight street with the cottages on either end starting at Bella Street and ending at Summerhill Place.I had a strange chat with a young girl when locating these cottages – she mentioned that there were many stories to tell about Rutland Cottages but that they were stories that couldn’t be told. Many of the cottages are in quite a poor state as is evidenced by the general neglect in the area. Summerhill unfortunately is quite run down and even though my survey was early on a bright Saturday morning I was a little on edge in the area. Graffiti, and not the artful type is scrawled on every wall with windows and doors boarded up when a cottage is vacant. One of the cottages on the street stands out as the owner is clearly house proud despite all – the little white cottage at the top of the street with its neat postbox, hanging baskets and garden bench is like a beacon of hope.
The cottages on this street are of the Dublin Artisan Dwelling Companies Type A variety with just one window to one side of the main door, a boot scraper at the door and very little ornamentation beyone the rectangular fanlight over the door.
Around the corner there appears to be another offshoot of the Rutland Cottages – a little courtyard style area with just 8 cottages arranged four on one side and four on the other and backing onto the main Rutland Cottages Street. Both streets seem to have the same name and the numbers don’t clash so clearly they are taken as the same estate though there is no direct access from one to the other.
The houses around the corner on Summerville Place and Rutland Street Lower are also worth noting as they appear to be the Dublin Artisan Dwelling Companies Type E though again here – many of the dwellings are boarded up and appear to be in a poor state of repair. The old National School on Rutland Street adds to the general sense of abandonment around the area. It is a large old redbrick building that was vacated in 2007 as the school moved to a new purpose built building around the corner at Sean MacDermott Street. It is unfortunate but understandable that the old building could not be brought up to standards especially as it was the location for the ‘Give up yer auld sins’ documentary. Who knows what the fate of this slightly eery building will be now.
The final article on Dublin 1 will be published next Wednesday – its looking more like Friday!
Please feel free to comment on any aspect of the project, if there is incorrect information I would be delighted to hear the correct version and amend the article. My hope is to actively promote community participation so I can gather as much information as possible.