We often take the capital for granted especially if you’re from Dublin or have been living here for a very long time.
If you are, you’ve probably never hopped on a tour bus around the city and your only knowledge of tales about Dublin is stuff that was passed down by chinese whispers or by song.
However, once you start peeling Dublin’s layers back, you realise that it’s a city laced in stories and unknown facts that will leave you thinking, ‘wow, can’t believe that happened’.
New York Times writer, Gaby Wood, was recently in Ireland and upon her visit to Dublin said that Henrietta Street “tells the story of the city”.
Wood starts the article by saying “lined with outsized Georgian buildings, Henrietta Street has been, over the years, home to both tenement squalor and aristocratic grandeur.”
One of those famous tenants on this street is “Mary Wollstonecraft, later to become the mother of the writer Mary Shelley and therefore, in a way, the grandmother of Frankenstein”
Wood’s tour of Dublin focuses a lot on this street which is rich in history.
“We end up spending all day on Henrietta Street, by which time I have taken in so much history I am exhausted. We are traveling up the opposite side of the street from her studio, seeing beyond the longstanding view outside her window.
“Though the stories we hear about these buildings are obviously related, each is also a world unto itself, and a manifestation, floor by floor, of Dublin’s own speckled history.”
If this is the part of Dublin that tells the story of the whole city, the O’Connell Street Revival Society claims that Dublin died as a city the day that this happened.
They told Pat Kenny that O’Connell Street was an integral part of Dublin and in its own way, tells a story of the city too.
“If O’Connell Street is in tatters, the city is in tatters. This is what visitors see when they come to Dublin.
“They don’t worry about small streets that are very interesting – they just say, your main street is neglected – what does that say about your city?”