RUTLEDGE TERRACE AND ADJOINING STREETS NEAR THE SOUTH CIRCULAR ROAD
I recently came across the following description of Rutledge Terrace: “A pretty Victorian street in a quiet, mature and highly convenient setting with St Stephen’s Green and Harcourt Street green Luas line just a 20 minute walk away, while the red Luas line at James’s Walk is but a 14 minute walk away.”
Some may describe the road as being in the Donore Area of Dublin. The Liberty of Thomas Court and Donore (also known as the Earl of Meath’s Liberty) was one of several manors, or liberties, that existed in County Dublin, Ireland since the arrival of the Anglo-Normans in the 12th century. They were adjacent to Dublin city, and later entirely surrounded by it, but still preserving their own separate jurisdiction. Originally the liberty was reckoned part of the barony of Uppercross. In 1774 it was erected into a separate barony called the Barony of Donore.The liberty’s privileges were abolished in 1840, and the barony was abolished in 1842, when the area was transferred from the county to the city. The liberty was located on the south side of the city. It included the parish of St. Luke (just off The Coombe, Dublin) and three-quarters of the parish of St. Catherine (surrounding Thomas Street) (both, of course, Church of Ireland, or civil, parishes). It was divided into four wards: Upper Coombe, Lower Coombe, Thomas Court and Pimlico.