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Dublin Street Names [Paperback]

Paul Clerkin
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Book Description

May 2001
In 'Dublin Street Names', Paul Clerkin lists over 300 streets - mainly in central Dublin - and explains how they got their names. Everyone knows that O'Connell Street is named for Daniel O'Connell, but who was the Nassau in Nassau Street, or the Grafton in Grafton Street? Why is Winetavern Street so called or Usher's Island or Temple Bar? Why is Parliament Street nowhere near any parliament, old or new? Why is there an Of Lane in Dublin 1? There's Henry Street, Harry Street and Henrietta Street. Who was the lad in Lad Lane? There is Protestant Row and Pig Lane, Stoneybatter and Lotts, not to mention Dolphin's Barn and Cross Guns Bridge. This fascinating little book explains all these and many other names. It is a fun book for Dubliners and visitors alike.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd (May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0717132048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0717132041
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 12.3 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,305,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Paul Clerkin is publisher of Irish architecture website Irish-architecture.com, which includes much information on the architectural heritage of Ireland as well as discussion and news.

Paul has written pieces on architecture for newspapers and publications in Ireland and abroad.

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About the Author

Paul Clerkin is one of the founders and developers of ARCHEIRE, the website for Irish architecture.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tome of Reference For All 27 Nov 2001
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Format:Paperback
Dublin Street Names is a wonderful example of a complete reference work.
The book lists almost every street and lane in Dublin City and provides a detailed history of the origin of the street name. Many streets also have added detail regarding the history of the street itself, architectural masterpieces to be found in the area, or notes on historical figures who lived in the area.
Altogether, a must-have for visitors to and residents of Dublin alike, and a reference that will last through the ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full marks to this first-time author 14 May 2001
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A well-written and thoroughly researched book that fills an important gap in our understanding of the Irish capital. This book will become the standard work for some years, not just as a work of reference, but also as an agenda for researchers and students. As an aid to this a detailed and important bibliography is included, which is a major resource in itself.
I heartily recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable guide for exploring Dublin 1 July 2008
Format:Paperback
For anyone who has been to Dublin, the myriad names of its streets can be the subject of some puzzlement. If you have wondered about where such labels as Fishamble Street, Bachelor's Walk, and Eden Quay came from, this is the book to read. Paul Clerkin explains their origins in a series of short entries that unravel the mysterious meanings behind Dublin's many street names, an exercise that offers some insight into its evolution as well. This is a handy book to have with you when wandering its streets, one that answers questions about the many names you see while providing an enjoyable way of exploring the city's history in the process.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable guide for exploring Dublin 1 July 2008
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For anyone who has been to Dublin, the myriad names of its streets can be the subject of some puzzlement. If you have wondered about where such labels as Fishamble Street, Bachelor's Walk, and Eden Quay came from, this is the book to read. Paul Clerkin explains their origins in a series of short entries that unravel the mysterious meanings behind Dublin's many street names, an exercise that offers some insight into its evolution as well. This is a handy book to have with you when wandering its streets, one that answers questions about the many names you see while providing an enjoyable way of exploring the city's history in the process.
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