Irish Place and  Street Names

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Abbey Street, Dublin

This street was named Abbey Street because it lay beside the medieval St Mary's Abbey.

Adelaide Road, Dublin

Named after Queen Adelaide - wife of William IV

Andrew's Lane, Dublin

Gets its  name from St Andrew's Church which was the Chapel for the Irish Parliament.

St Andrew's Street, Dublin

As above St.Andrew's Lane, got  its name from the church of St Andrew, which was here from medieval times.

Amiens Street, Dublin

It was originally known as The Strand. Named after Viscount Amiens, First Earl of Aldborough whose family home was nearby.


Anglesea Street, Dublin

Anglesea Street commemorates another prominent resident of the area, Arthur Annesley, created Earl of Anglesea in 1661. This Earl was great-grandfather of James Annesley, the principal figure in the famous Anglesea peerage case who died in 1760

Ardee Street, Dublin

Named after Baron of Ardee, later Earl of Meath.,  Sir Arthur Brabazon,  Surrounding streets - Earl St North, Meath Street and Brabazon Street are also named after him.

Arnott Street, Dublin

Named after Sir John Arnott who developed the area with James Lombard after whom a street is also named

Asdill's Row, Dublin

Asdill's Row is stated to have taken its name from a wealthy merchant, John Asdill.

Aungier Street, Dublin

Aungier Street was built on an area of land that traditionally had not been built on.  In old maps before the stree was built you can see the other streets curving around the area.  The Aungier family aquired this land which had belonged to a Carmelite Monastery .

Aughrim Street, Dublin

Was originally part of Blackhorse Lane due to its proximity to the barracks. It was renamed to celebrate the centenary of the Battle of Aughrim which took place in 1691.

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Bachelor's Walk, Dublin

The Quays were extended in the 1670s and this area was developed by a property developer.  Bachelor's Walk is named for him.

Baggot Street, Dublin

Baggot Rath castle stood at what is now the junction of Wateloo Road and Baggot Street. Baggot Street is named after Lord Bagod ,Robert, who was given the Manor of Rath in the 13th century.

Benburb Street, Dublin

Originally Barrack Street. Named after the battle in County Armagh of 1646.

Beresford Place, Dublin

The Rt. Hon. John Beresford, was head of the Wide Streets Commissioners and was responsible for bringing James Gandon to Ireland. Gandon designed the Custom House which Beresford Place encloses as well as the terrace of five houses.

Bolton Street, Dublin

This street was named in 1724  after Lord Lieutenant Charles Powlett who was the Earl of Bolton .

Brabazon Street, Dublin

Originally known as Cuckold's Row. Named after Sir Arthur Brabazon, Baron of Ardee, later Earl of Meath.

Bride Street, Dublin

This is named after St Bride's Church (which was a pre-Viking foundation). It was demolished as part of the Iveagh Trust Scheme in the late 1800s.

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Capel Street , Dublin

Lord Essex was Lord Lieutenant of 1672-77. This is named after his family.


Carlow: Irish ceatharlach: quadruple lake

Castle Street, Dublin

Before the construction of Lord Edward Street this was the main street to Dublin Castle

Cathal Brugha Street

Originally Gregg Lane .Later named after a signatory of the 1916 Rising


Cavan: Irish an cabhán: hollow

Cecelia Street, Dublin

The Fownes family developed Cope and Fownes Street.  Cecelia was a family member

Chancery Street, Dublin

Chancery Courts was traditionally one of the four courts -  and it lies behind what is now called the Four Courts.

Christ Church Place, Dublin

This was named Skinners Row as it was the centre of the leather industry in Medieval times. The local high Street was also part of this industry.  Christ Church Place was later renamed after the Cathedral nearby.


Cork: from Irish corcach: swamp


Clare: Irish an clár: plain

Clare Streett , Dublin

Named after the Earl of Clare,Denzille Holles .

Clarence Street , Dublin

Named after the Duke of Clarence.

Clarendon Street

Named after another Wide Streets Commissioner the Earl of Clarendon .

College Green , Dublin

It was renamed College Green after Trinity College founded by Queen Elizabeth I in the 1600s.Originally it was known as Hoggen Green (which comes from the Scandinavian word for mound. ) It was near the Thingmote which was the Viking assembly place.

College Street, Dublin

Named due to its proximity to Trinity College.

Constitution Hill, Dublin

 Originally was Glasmunogue. Renamed due to its proximity to the Kings Inns Law Society.

Cope Street, Dublin

The Fownes family owned land in this area, and Cope was a member of the family. 

Cork Hill, Dublin

The City Hall is built on the site of Cork House, which had been the home of the Earl of Cork.

Cork Street, Dublin

Named after the Earl of Cork, see above.

Cornmarket, Dublin

It was the site of the corn and grain market during medieval times.

Crampton Court, Dublin

The Cramptons were major landowners in the Temple Bar area. Crampton Court was named for the Lord Mayor of 1758.

Crampton Quay, Dublin

Crampton Quay and Court are named after Philip Crampton, a wealthy bookseller and Lord Mayor of Dublin in 1758.

Crane Lane

Crane Lane is named after a public crane located near the old Custom House.

Crowe Street, Dublin

Crow Street is named after William Crow, owner of the site of the suppressed monastery of St Augustine in the late sixteenth century. The Dublin Philosophical Society, the Irish counterpart of the Royal Society of London, and with which were associated Sir William Petty, William Molyneux and other illustrious figures, met in 1684 at the building in Crow Street known as the 'Crow's Nest'.

Crown Alley , Dublin

Crown Alley derived its name from a tavern with the sign of the crown.

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Dame Street , Dublin

Dame Street derives its name from Dame's Gate, the eastern gate of the city adjoining the Church of St Mary del Dame.

Dawson Street, Dublin

This was named after Harry Dawson who laid out Dawson, Grafton, Anne and Harry Streets in the area.

Dean Street, Dublin

Originally was Cross Poddle. The Street is near  St Patrick's Cathedral, and was part of the Cathedral's Liberty.

Denzille Lane, Dublin

Named after the Earl of Clare,Denzille Holles .

D'Olier Street , Dublin

Named after city Sheriff in 1788, Jeremiah D'Olier.

Dominick Street, Dublin

This was developed by the Dominick family.


Donegal: Irish Dun na nGall: fort of foreigners (probably Danes)

Dorset Street

Originally this was Drumcondra Lane until the area was built up by the Gardiners.


Dublin: Irish dubh: black, linn: pool, referring to the Liffey estuary

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Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin

Named after John Scott, Baron Earlsfort, later Earl of Clonmell

Earl Street, Dublin

Developed by Henry Moore, Earl of Drogheda who named many of the Streets about after himself  , Henry Street, Moore Street, Earl Street, Of Lane (now Off lane), and Drogheda Street.

Eden Quay, Dublin

William Eden, a former Chief Secretary to Ireland, had helped John Beresford to plan and improve Dublin.  He had asked if their plans succeeded for a Street or Square to be named after him.

Ely Place, Dublin

The first house built in this area was developed by Gustavus Hume and was  leased to Henry Loftus, Viscount of Ely later Earl of Ely

Ellis Quay

Named after the Viscounts of Clifden, the Agar Ellis family.

Essex Gate, Dublin

This is named after the Earl of Essex who was a member of the Capel family and was Viceroy for a period. It was also a gate into the medieval city.

Essex Street, Dublin

Originally was Orange Street and earlier was Smock Alley, later named after the Viceroy Earl of Essex,Arthur Capel, who was Irish Lord Lieutenant from 1672-7, and who significantly was acquainted with members of the Temple family.
Essex Street West was formerly named Smock Alley, where was located the famous Smock Alley Theatre.

Eustace Street, Dublin

Eustace Street was named after Sir Maurice Eustace, Speaker of the House of Commons and Lord Chancellor, who died in 1665 and whose house and gardens stood on the site of this street.

Exchange Street, Dublin

Was Chequer Street previously.Exchange Street Upper and Lower were named due to the fact that they led on to the Royal Exchange, now the City Hall, and were formerly known as Blind Quay Upper and Lower

Exchequer Street, Dublin

The Royal Exchequer was based here in the middle ages.

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Fleet Street, Dublin

Fleet Street in London was named after the river Fleet, and as there is no such river in Dublin, the naming of Fleet Street here was just plain imitation or it may refer to fleets of ships coming up the river to moor here.Originally this marked the edge of the south bank of the Liffey along with Temple Bar.

Fishamble Street, Dublin

This was the main area  for fish processing in medieval Dublin.

Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin

The Fitzwilliam family developed this land as part of their great estate on the southside of the Liffey.

Fosters Place, Dublin

Foster Place commemorates John Foster, Speaker of the Irish House of Common when the Irish Parliament was abolished in 1800, and of course the adjacent Bank of Ireland building was formerly the Parliament House.

Fownes Street, Dublin

Fownes Street Upper and Lower take their names from Sir William Fownes, Lord Mayor of Dublin in 1708.

Francis Street, Dublin

This Street got its name from  the mendicant friary of St Francis which was originally known as St Francis Street and beside which the Street itself now lies.

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Galway: Irish gailimh: stony river

Gardiner Street, Dublin

At one time the Gardiners owned 25 percent of the city within the canals. Luke Gardiner, who as head of the Gardiner Estate was responsible for laying out much of this part of Dublin. The Street is named after him.

Grafton Street, Dublin

The Dawson Family develpoed Grafton Street and named it after the Earls of Grafton who owned land in this area.

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Harcourt Street, Dublin

Named after Lord Harcourt, a former Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.

Harold's Cross, Dublin

Harold's Cross got it's name because a tribe called the Harolds lived in the Wickow Mountains and the Archbiship of Dublin would not let them come any nearer to the city than that point.

Harry Street, Dublin

Named after Harry Dawson who developed the area.

Harrington Street, Dublin,

Named after a former Lord Mayor of Dublin.

Hatch Street, Dublin

The Leeson family  owned this area but they let sites to John Hatch, after whom the street is named, in 1759.

Henrietta Street, Dublin

This street was developed by Luke Gardiner and was named after Henrietta, Duchess of Grafton.

Henry Street, Dublin

Developed by Henry Moore, Earl of Drogheda who named a lot of the Streets in the area after himself ; Henry Street, Moore Street, Earl Street, Of Lane (now Off lane), and Drogheda Street.

Heytesbury Street , Dublin

Named after the 1st Earl of Heytesbury

Holles Street, Dublin

Named after Denzille Holles who was Earl of Clare

Hume Street, Dublin

Gustavus Hume who had been a surgeon but became a developer laid out both Hume Street and Ely Place.

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Inns Quay, Dublin

The Kings Inns which occupied a site here since its foundation in 1561 gave its name to this Quay.

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James Gate, Dublin

This is now best known as the home of the Guinness Brewery.  In the past there was a city gate here  and also it is close to St.James Church both combined to give it its name.

Jervis Street, Dublin

Sir Humphrey Jervis, Dublin Lord Mayor and business man  bought much of the estate and   laid out the area around St Mary's Abbey .

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Kerry: Irish ciarraí: people of Ciar

Kevin Street Garda Station

Kevin Street Garda Station was once the Palace of the Archbishop of Dublin.


Kildare: Irish cill: convent, dara: oak

Kildare Street, Dublin

Named after the Fitzgeralds, Earls of Kildare and Leinster who built Leinster House as their townhouse in 1745.


Kilkenny: Irish for church of Cainneach

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Laoighis: from ethnic name, tribe of Laeight

Leeson Street, Dublin

It was renamed in 1728 after the Leesons, Earls of Milltown, who were a brewing family. Originally  it was known as Suesey Street

Leinster Street, Dublin

Named due to its proximity to the Leinster House of the Fitzgerald family, Earls of Kildare and Leinster. Leinster House in Dublin was originally built as a private home for the Duke of Leinster. At that time, the most fashionable part of Dublin was the North Side and he was asked why he was building on the South Side. He said "Where I go, fashion follows me" .....and to this day the most fashionable part of Dublin is the South Side.


Leitrim: Irish liatroim: gray ridge


Leopardstown was once known as Leperstown.


Limerick: Irish luimneach: barren land

Little Ship Street, Dublin

Originally known as Pole or Poole Street because of the nearby pool behind the castle. This pool was the 'dubh linn' from which the city derives its name.

Lombard Street West, Dublin

Named after James Lombard who helped develop the area.


Longford: fortified place


Louth: after River Lud

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Marlborough Street, Dublin

Named after the Duke of Marlborough for his victories in the wars of spanish Succession.


Mayo: Irish maigh eo: plain of the yews


Meath: Irish an mhí: the middle

Meeting House Lane, Dublin

So named because of the many religious establishments that were based here in the 17th century.

Merrion Square, Dublin

Developed by the Fitzwilliam Estate and named Merrion because ancestors of the Fitzwilliams lived in Merrion.

Merrion Street, Dublin

Developed by the Fitzwilliam Estate and named Merrion because ancestors of the Fitzwilliams lived in Merrion.

Molesworth Street, Dublin

This was originally known as Molesworth Fields and named after Viscount Molesworth who laid it out removing several houses on Dawson Street so they would intersect.


Monaghan: Irish muineachán: place of the shrubs

Montgomery Street , Dublin

Named after Elizabeth Montgomery, wife of Luke Gardiner.  Montgomery Street was once the biggest red-light district in Europe with an estimated 1600 prostitutes. It was known locally as the "Monto" and this is the origin of the song "Take me up to Monto"

Moore Street, Dublin

Now known for its fruit and vegetable market. Developed by Henry Moore, Earl of Drogheda who named a lot of the Streets in the area after himself ; Henry Street, Moore Street, Earl Street, Of Lane (now Off lane), and Drogheda Street.

Mountjoy Square, Dublin

This was named after Luke Gardiner, the first Viscount Mountjoy (Earls of Blessington) who developed the square. He was the grandson of the Luke Gardiner who built Henrietta Street.

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Nassau Street, Dublin

Renamed in the 1700s after the Royal House of Nassau.Originally it was  known as St Patrick's Well Lane.

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O'Connell Street, Dublin

In the 19th Century this was known as Sackville Street after a Lord Lieutenant and after independence was renamed O'Connell Street after the Liberator Daniel O'Connell. Originally developed by the Earls of Drogheda and known as Drogheda Street. The area was bought by the Gardiner Estate and extended to the river. At one time it was the widest street in Europe.


Offaly: Irish uíbh Fhailí: Failghe's people

Of Lane, Dublin

Fomerly known as Off Lane, it was developed by Henry Moore, Earl of Drogheda who named a lot of the Streets in the area after himself ; Henry Street, Moore Street, Earl Street, Of Lane (now Off lane), and Drogheda Street.He didn't like to see the 'of' from his name left out so when he was naming a small lane (off O'Connell Street) he called it "Of Lane"

Ormond Quay, Dublin

This is named after the Viceroy , the Duke of Ormond who insisted that the houses built on the north bank of the Liffey faced the river, Ormond Quay was developed by Sir Humphrey Jervis under a lease of 1674.

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Parliament Street, Dublin

Parliament Street owes its name to the fact that it was built with the aid of a grant of the Irish Parliament in 1757. This was the first development of the board of Wide Streets Commissioners which was created by an Act of Parliament specifically to develop this thoroughfare. The street completes the north-south axis of Capel Street with the vista being terminated by City Hall.

Parnell Street , Dublin

Renamed after the Irish statesman - Charles Stewart Parnell. It had originally be  known as Great Britain Street -

Parnell Square, Dublin

Originally called Rutland Square which referred to the park in the centre. The surrounding streets were known as Charlemont Row, Cavendish Row and Palace Row and Great Britain Street.

Parkgate Street , Dublin

So named because of the main city side entrance to the Phoenix Park, hence Park Gate.

Patrick Street, Dublin

Named after St Patrick's Cathedral, started in 1191. The cathedral was built on the site of an earlier site that was believed to have been started by Saint Patrick.

Pearse Street, Dublin

Originally known as Moss Lane, then Great Brunswick Street, and later Pearse Street after Padraig Pearse, leader of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Pembroke Street , Dublin

Part of the Fitzwilliam Estate which was subsequently inherited by the Earls of Pembroke.

Prussia Street , Dublin

Named after Frederick the Great of Prussia.

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Roscommon: Irish ros Comáin: grove of Comán

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Ship Street, Dublin

This is a bastardisation of the medieval name of Sheep Street.

Sean McDermott Street , Dublin

Named one of the signatories of the Proclamation of Independence of 1916. Originally known as Gloucester Street and earlier Great Martin's Lane .

Sir John Rogerson Quay, Dublin

This is named after the property developer who built the quay wall, reclaiming the former mud flats and slob lands behind it.


Sligo: after River Shelly

South Anne Street, Dublin

Developed by Harry Dawson along with Dawson, Harry, and Grafton Streets.

South Cumberland Street, Dublin

Originally a country lane, there were buildings on Cumberland Street and nearby Boyne Street from the 17th Century. Named after the Duke of Cumberland.

Suffolk Street, Dublin

This was the site of the Viking assembly mound or Thingmote.

St Patrick's Close, Dublin

Next to St Patrick's Cathedral, the Close contains the various ancillary buildings connected to the Cathedral including the Choir School which has operated from the 1400s, the Dean's Residence and Marshes Library. Originally the Close would have contained many more residences for the clergy.

St. Stephen's Green, Dublin

Originally the four malls have differnat names - North was Beaux Walk, South was Leeson's Walk, East was Monk's Walk, West was French Walk.

Sycamore Street, Dublin

Sycamore Street, formerly Sycamore Alley, possibly referred to the species of tree or more probably to a tavern bearing the name.

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Tallaght is one of the oldest placenames in Ireland and it means "The Plague Cemetery"

Temple Bar, Dublin

Most sources agree that Dublin's Temple Bar was named after the Temple family, and specifically after Sir William Temple, whose house and gardens were located there in the early seventeenth century. The official Temple Bar Guide goes one better by adding that 'a bar was the name for a walkway by a river, so the path used by the Temple family became known as the Temple Bar'. An alternative view is  that The Temple Bar area is so called because it housed the first Jewish temple built in Ireland. The word 'bar' refers to the refusal of Catholics to allow the Jewish community to enter any of the adjoining commercial premises.


Tipperary: Irish tipper: spring or well, and Ara, the name of a river

Townsend Street, Dublin

This was originally known as Lazers Hill but was renamed after the Lord Lieutenant and General Governor of Ireland, Viscount George Townsend, in the eighteenth century.

Thomas Street, Dublin

Named after the nearby medicant Augustinian Friary of St Thomas à Beckett. Originally it was St Thomas Street but the prefix has been dropped.

Trinity Street, Dublin

At one time there was a Halls of Residence for Trinity College on this Street, hence Trinity Street.

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Ulster: Irish uladh: cairn, tomb, and a suffix -ster for land

Usher's Island, Dublin

This name comes from John Ussher who leased this former island from the corporation in 1597.

Usher's Quay, Dublin

This is also named after the Ussher family whose home was sited nearby.

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Waterford: inlet of water

Wellington Quay, Dublin

Wellington Quay of course commemorates the great Duke of Wellington, victor at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. The old Custom House and Custom House Quay were sited at the western end of Wellington Quay.

Werburgh Street, Dublin

Named after the medieval church of St Werburgh's.

Westland Row, Dublin

Originally known as Westlands after William Westland who owned the property in the area.


Westmeath: Irish an iarmhí: middle west

Whitefriar Street, Dublin

So named because of the Carmelite Monastery which has been here since the 1200s.

William Street, Dublin

Named after the developer of the street, William Williams, and the monarch of the time.

Winetavern Street , Dublin

This street was mainly populated by taverns and drinking establishments. Handel's Messiah was first performed in the music hall on this street, now the site of Keenan's workshops.

Wood Quay, Dublin

Originally the street was built on wooden piles, driven into the river bed from which its derives its name. It is also the site of a former Viking city.

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