RICHMOND HILL IN RATHMINES
Dora Sigerson Shorter, poet, spent some of her childhood at Richmond Hill and Annie M. P. Smithson, novelist, nurse and Nationalist, lived at 12 Richmond Hill until her death.
THE HILL PUB CLOSED AFTER 100 YEARS IN BUSINESS
In June 2019 it was announced that this hundred year old pub would cease trading immediately. Over the years it operated under different names such as “Butlers”and “McGrath’s”.
At the centre of Ranelagh is “Ranelagh Triangle”, semi-officially “the Angle”, which is the junction of Ranelagh Village and Charleston Road at Field’s Terrace. Nearby restaurant “Tribeca” references these geographical features (i.e., Tri-angle Be-low Ca-nal). To the North of the Triangle is the “Hill Area” of Ranelagh, which was the scene of Lee Dunne’s novel, “Goodbye to the Hill”. Ranelagh contains many fine Victorian streets such as those surrounding Mount Pleasant Square.
SOUTH RICHMOND STREET AREA – CHANGING BY THE DAY
The next time you visit the South Richmond Street area (the block bounded by South Richmond Street, Harcourt Road and Charlemont Street) you may be surprised as much of you remember will have disappeared and it is likely that the area will be dominated by the new Amazon HQ complex.
PAINT-A-BOX STREET ART NEAR THE BLEEDING HORSE PUB
Many of you living outside Dublin may be surprised to learn that a pub is named the “Bleeding Horse”.
The Bleeding Horse is a pub on Upper Camden Street. It dates at least back to the 17th century, and was located on St. Kevin’s Port (now Camden Street) at the junction of two important highways leading out of the city. On one side was Charlotte Street, leading to Ranelagh and Donnybrook; on the other side was Old Camden Street, which joined Richmond Street, and led to Rathmines and Cullenswood. Both of these old streets disappeared during the renovations in the 1990s. The present building dates from 1871; the interior was renovated in 1992.
There are (at least) two explanations for the name. One is that when a horse got the “staggers” it was bled by a farrier at the inn. Another is that the name of the pub comes from an incident during the Battle of Rathmines in 1649, when a wounded horse fled from the battle.
The Bleeding Horse has been mentioned in several novels, including the Cock and Anchor (1845) by Sheridan Le Fanu and Ulysses by James Joyce. Literary patrons included James Clarence Mangan and Oliver St. John Gogarty.
For several years during the 1960s the name of the pub was changed to “The Falcon”, but the original name was replaced in the 1970s.
LAUGHANSTOWN TRAM STOP ON THE GREEN LINE – PLENTY OF HISTORY NEARBY
I have seen at least three different spellings Laughanstown, Lehaunestown and Lehaunstown.
A few years ago I was walking along Lehaunstown Road [really a lane] when a young lady asked me if I had seen three small dogs and she became very upset when I said that I had seen a car stop and collect three dogs. I actually had photographs of the car and the dogs getting into the car. The lady was a dog walker and was in a bit of a panic as she was missing three dogs.
A few days later she phoned to say that the dogs had been recovered but she was no longer working as a dog walker. I suspect that the dogs had not been stolen.
I like this stop because there are a number of historic sites nearby. There is a High Cross on the lane leading to Tully Church. There is a very old cross in the field opposite Tully Church and this can be accessed via a low wooden fence [this is frequently blocked]. This Cross dates from the 12th century and is also reputed to be dedicated to St Bridget. It is badly weatherworn and missing much on one side and currently it is difficult to access because of barriers.
Laughanstown is in the Electoral Division of Ballybrack, in Civil Parish of Tully, in the Barony of Rathdown, in the County of Dublin. The Irish name for Laughanstown is Baile an Locháin.