O'Connell_Street_Area

O'Connell Street situated just north of the River Liffey is the main thoroughfare in Dublin City and one of the widest streets in Europe. Known as 'Sackville Street' until 1924, it was renamed it in honour of Daniel O'Connell, a nationalist leader of the early nineteenth century It is lined in the middle with statues commemorating many Irish Heroes, it starts at O’Connell Bridge (the only bridge in the world that is wider than it is actually long) and ends at Parnell Square.

The centre of the street is dominated by the imposing presence of the 1818 General Post Office (GPO) with its hexastyle Ionic portico projecting over the west pavement, it was the headquarters of the Irish provisional government in the 1916 Rebellion.The street was largely rebuilt in the early 20th century following destruction in 1916 and subsequent civil war. The street features stone-faced neoclassical buildings such as Clerys department store and the Gresham Hotel, and slightly newer bank and retail premises.

From the south of the street the first monument you come across is the monument to Daniel O'Connell - 'The Liberator', after whom the street is named, designed and sculpted by John Henry Foley the foundation stone was laid in 1864 and the monument unveiled to enormous crowds in 1882. William Smith O'Brien is the next monument as you travel north designed by Thomas Farrell. Originally erected at the entrance to D'Olier Street, it was moved to O'Connell Street in 1929. Sir John Grey monument was also designed by Thomas Farrell, both plinth and statue are carved entirely of white Sicilian marble.
Big Jim Larkin - the labour leader is the bronze statue on top of a granite plinth, the monument was unveiled in 1980. Father Theobald Mathew monument is next he was responsible for a total abstinence from alcohol movement which attracted many converts. The Parnell Monument is the tallest of all the street's monuments, the striking obelisk of solid Galway granite was unveiled in 1911 at the northern entrance to the thoroughfare at the junction with Parnell Street. The most recent addition to O’Connell Street is the Spire of Dublin.

The streets off O'Connell Street on either side, Henry St, Abbey St, Earl St, Talbot St and Parnell St, are the shopping area of choice for many Dubliners. Here you'll find a range of quality shops offering a range of real bargains as opposed to brand labels. Clery's on O'Connell Street and Arnotts and Roches Stores on Henry Street are three of Dublin's biggest department stores, and Easons is the oldest and largest bookseller and stationery in town. Many of the major UK and international outlets occupy the ILAC Centre and the Jervis Street Centre at the end of Henry Street. Spend some time browsing the open-air stalls of the traders on Moore Street.

Other attractions nearby include the Hugh Lane Gallery of Modern Art opposite the Garden of Remembrance, Dublin's two main theatres, The Abbey (the National Theatre) and The Gate, several good cinemas and the James Joyce Centre and Dublin Writer's Museum.

St. Mary's Pro Cathedral on Marlborough Street was built between 1815 and 1825 on the site of a 12th-century Cistercian Abbey of St. Mary. The cathedral is in the Neo-Classic Doric style, which provides a distinct contrast to the Gothic Revival look of most other churches of the period. The exterior portico is modelled on the Temple of Theseus in Athens, with six Doric columns, while the Renaissance-style interior is patterned after the Church of St. Philip de Reule of Paris.

There are a good number of pubs in the area and the area offers a choice of Hotels and nice restaurants.

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