DUN LEARY’S LAST CORNER SHOP AT 46A UPPER GEORGE’S STREET DUN LAOGHAIRE
Years ago Alex’s was an amazing shop in Dun Laoghaire [74 George’s Street] where you could get copies of magazines that were not available elsewhere in Ireland and at the same time it appeared to be the most disorganised business in the country. There were signs and notices everywhere “Alex’s Has It … Lucky Alex”, “24 Hour Magazine King” but stock was piled high and at random. A friend of mine from India would spend hours in the shop seeking obscure publications and he told me that no matter what he wanted they would source it for him at reasonable cost.
I do not know what happened but Alex’s at 74 Georges Street ceased trading. However it would appear that it has risen from the dead and it is now located across the street at 46A.
It is now branded as “Dun Leary’s Last Corner Shop”.
Note: Dunleary was built following the 1816 legislation that allowed the building of a major port to serve Dublin. It was known as Dunleary until it was renamed Kingstown in honour of King George IV’s 1821 visit, and in 1920 was given its present name, the original Irish form of Dunleary.
Note: The 46A is a famous bus bus service that went from Dun Laoghaire to Dublin City Centre by what could be best described as a scenic route. Here is one famous quote from a comedy programme: “We’ve seen the 46A at close range, a rare opportunity for which I suppose we should be grateful. So now we know it isn’t extinct. It does exist.” And here is a line from a song: “When my hummin’ was smothered by a 46A and the scream of a low flying jet”.