Five of The Best Streets in the World…

This is a piece I wrote for my friend Robert Horvat’s great blog, If It Happened Yesterday, It’s History. Robert’s blog is full of fascinating history and is well worth a good rummage…

Rearview Mirror

Every now and then I will invite a special guest to write about their five favourite streets (or places) in their own city and or somewhere around the world that they have managed to travel to. Today, I am honoured to have David Lawlor as my special guest. I must confess, David is someone whom I admire and have gained plenty advice from over the past few years. I am especially excited today by his choice to focus on his hometown. It is truly a city close to his heart. Without further ado I will let David take you on his tour of his favourite streets/places in Dublin, Ireland.

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Stoneybatter

This is one of the five ancient roads to Tara, the home of Ireland’s ancient High Kings. It also happens to be the working-class neighbourhood in which I grew up. Being from the inner city and on the northside of the…

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I am an Associate Editor with a national newspaper. I have a keen interest in history and in writing. I have published one novel, Tan, and am currently working on a sequel
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5 Responses to Five of The Best Streets in the World…

  1. jjtoner says:

    Brilliant piece, as usual, David. Do we know how Stoneybatter got its name?

    • Thanks, James. In answer to your question, the original name of the road was Bothar na gCloch (The Road of Stones). The English translation was bungled – the Gaelic ‘bothar’ was corrupted to ‘batter’ and the ‘cloch’ was translated correctly ‘stone’, but then tweaked and placed with the ‘batter’, resulting in Stoneybatter

  2. Susan Sloate says:

    Lovely post, David. Makes me want to visit Ireland immediately!

  3. jazzfeathers says:

    Love this post. I know many of these places 🙂

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