THIS IS COWTOWN BY JOSEPH O’CONNOR … PAINT-A-BOX STREET ART ON MANOR STREET PHOTOGRAPHED JANUARY 2021
The last time I photographed this was with an iPhone XR and I was not happy with the results as there was a lot of annoying lens flare. This time I used an iPhone 12 Pro Max and the result was much better.
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.