THE LEAFY STREETS OF DRUMCONDRA – LOWER DRUMCONDRA ROAD
I have always liked these trees.
Many years ago I had a house on Carlingford Road off Lower Drumcondra Road and I really liked the area but I still live nearby and frequently walk the area.
The village of Drumcondra was the central area of the civil parish of Clonturk, and the two names were used equally for the religious and civil parishes, but the modern suburban district of Drumcondra also encompasses the old Parish of St. Mary. Clonturk had been an alternative name for Drumcondra and the wider area for some time.
The Cat and Cage Pub, on the corner of Drumcondra Road and Church Avenue, was the site of an old postal stop and the point at which rebels, during the 1798 rebellion, seized a postal cart in order to signal to others in North County Dublin to revolt.
The southern stretch of the ‘Slige Midluachra’ passed through Drumcondra and on into the City where it crossed the Liffey at a location known as the ‘ford of the hurdles’. The present-day Drumcondra main road is built on top of the exact route the ancient highway took, the road was one of five ancient roads to meet at Tara, albeit in myth only, in reality, the five roads may have met at a point on the River Liffey in Dublin.
One of the main sights of Dublin is Croke Park, where Ireland’s national games of Gaelic football and hurling may be seen. It has a capacity of 82,300 people, it is one of the largest sports stadiums in Europe. ‘Croker’ (as it is colloquially known) is the headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association and also houses the official GAA Museum (on St Josephs Avenue, which is off Clonliffe Road). The stadium hosts the finals of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship and All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. The stadium is a 20-minute walk from Dublin city centre or a 5-minute bus ride.
Fagan’s Public House, Drumcondra Road Lower, where Bertie Ahern took U.S. President Bill Clinton in September 1998. Kennedys Pub on Lower Drumcondra Road is one of the oldest pubs in Drumcondra, predating Fagans by a number of years. Formerly called McPhillips, it has been named Kennedys since 1961.
The National Council for the Blind at Whitworth Road, is located near the Church of St. George cemetery.