HOLLYBANK ROAD WHERE KATE ISABEL HAMPTON THE FIRST TELEPHONE OPERATOR LIVED
Every street and building in Dublin has an associated story, sometimes many, I you look hard enough. Of course the stories may not be true
Even though I lived on Carlingford Road which runs parallel to Hollybank Road I found it difficult to say about the street until I remembered that someone once told me that the first telephone operator in Ireland once lived on Hollybank road. I decided to check it out.
Ireland’s first telephone exchange opened on Dame Street in 1880 and 22-year-old Kate Isabel Hampton from 19 Hollybank Road found employment at the Dame Street exchange in the early days but I could not establish if she was the first operator or even the first female operator … but why let such details ruin a good story.