THIS IS COWTOWN BY JOSEPH O’CONNOR – PAINT-A-BOX STREET ART ON MANOR STREET IN STONEYBATTER
This painted cabinet is across the street from the Cowtown Cafe which has recently been replaced by the Kerala Kitchen which I hope to visit in the near future.
I first heard the expression “cowtown” four or five years ago but I did not, at the time, appreciate its relationship with the area and it was only when I came across the Cowtown Cafe on Manor Street that the penny dropped.
Back in the 1950s the Dublin Cattle Market, located on Prussia Street in Stoneybatter (nicknamed ‘Cowtown’), was the largest weekly livestock sale in Europe. Some people have found memories of the cattle sales and associate activities.
My recollection is totally different, because of British cheap food policy prime cattle were shipped live to the UK where the profits were made by wealthy dealers and the treatment of livestock was terrible. Also as a result of the markets the area was plagued with rats … I know because I had friends who lived in the area.