SNAPSHOT OF PEARSE STREET APRIL 2017
I must admit that I had forgotten that Pearse Street is one of the longest streets in Dublin. The street varies in use along its length.
My first full time job as an electronics engineer was with M.J. Flood on Pearse Street. At the time they were the agent in Ireland and parts of the UK for Facit Typewriters. Facit, a Swedish Multinational, had just introduced a range of electronic calculators [manufactured by Sharp] and needed an engineer based in Ireland. I attended for interview on a Friday and on the next Monday I was in Sweden where I remained until I was fully trained in Digital Electronics.
Facit was sold to Electrolux in 1973. In 1983 it was again sold to Ericsson, and the production of a microcomputer was initiated. Over four years, the Facit home computer became popular in Sweden. It offered some innovative solutions with a version of BASIC as a programming language. However, the venture was not profitable and it was terminated in 1988. In my opinion the computer was “poor value” at best.
The company was subsequently divided between foreign owners. The remainder of the corporation known as Facit AB was finally terminated in 1998.
Many years later I joined Ericsson, another Swedish Multinational, and visited Sweden many times over a ten year period.
The street is named after the Irish revolutionaries, Pádraig Pearse and his brother William, who were born there. It was previously called Great Brunswick Street, after the House of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Hanover line.
Padraig Pearse, one of the executed leaders of the 1916 Rising, was born at 27 Great Brunswick Street in 1879. His father James established an ecclesiastical architecture and sculpture firm (fashioning stone and marble altars and gravestones) at the site a few years before Padraig’s birth. The original house still stands as a memorial.
Architect Thomas Francis McNamara had offices at No. 192 Great Brunswick Street from 1911 to 1927.