O'Connell Street, Dublin

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    City Centre

    by solopes Updated Aug 23, 2012
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    The largest (and longest) avenue in Dublin has a long and rich history, since its creation in the 18th century.
    After being neglected for some years, it was recently recovered, and shows today a wide and clean look, with several classical buildings and statues along its 500 meters.

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    Monuments to Irish leaders at O’Connell Street

    by Airpunk Updated May 8, 2011

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    Daniel O’Connell was the leader of the independence movement in the mid-19th century. He was elected a member of the parliament in 1828 and fought in London for an Irish-Catholic emancipation. He earned the nickname “The Liberator”. O’Connell street was named after him when Ireland became independent in 1922. O’Connell was famous for another thing. He lived for some time in Rome and short before he died there, he decided to have his body buried in Ireland, but his heart in Rome.
    Charles Stewart Parnell opposed the act of Union which led to the dissolution of the Irish parliament and marked the end of Ireland’s autonomy.
    Jim Larkin was a famous trade union leader in the first half of the 20th century. "The great appear great because you are on your knees - Arise"!!

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    O'Connell Street

    by Airpunk Updated May 8, 2011

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    This place is considered to be the central place in Dublin. Most of the important bus lines stop here, a couple of important shops and places (Cinema, central post office) are located here and of course the one of other monument: The spike (a metal obelisk), O’Connell’s monument and the statues to Jim Larkin and Charles Stewart Parnell. They are described in separate tips. Note also the small shrine at the taxi stand which gives you an evidence about the role of Catholicism in today’s Irish society. O’Connell street is said to be the widest street in Ireland.
    Unfortunately, this is also one of the places where you are likely to meet some of the less pleasant Dublin citizens. The southernmost point (around the O’Connell monument) is popular with drug addicts and some areas north of O’Connell Street are not the most desirable to be at night. Anyway, O’Connell Street is no more and no less dangerous than comparable places in European capitals. That said, you will find no reason why you shouldn’t be in Dublin’s central street.
    The street was developed by the Earls of Drogheda and was named Drogheda street first. Later, it became Sackville street and upon Irish independence, it was named after one of the forefathers of the Independence movement: Daniel O’Connell, called “the liberator”.

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    City Centre Tour I

    by Buckz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Children of Lir

    You are standing at the Spike (On O'Connell St) So tick that off your list to start. Go north to the end of the street (away from the river). At the top of the street go straight, Keeping the Ambassador on your left. About 100m up you will see large Blue gates on your left. This is the Garden Of Remembrance (tick!). The statue at the end is of the Children of Lir, as they turned into Swans. As you leave the garden, turn left and continue around the Square to go to the Hugh Lane Gallery, or if you want to leave the Art until later, turn right and return to the spike, and continue the tour.

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    The Spire

    by Airpunk Written Sep 25, 2010

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    The millenium spire was intented to be Dublin’s new landmark, but has recieved mixed criticism. One of the nicknames it earned was “Ireland’s largest heroin needle”, pointing to the drug problem in Dublin which becomes obvious at O’Connell Street. “The erection at the intersection” is one of the more popular ones and thousands more in a similar scheme “Stiletto at the Ghetto”, “Rod to God”, “Stiffey by the Liffey” etc. have appeared. Another popular joke is to answer “It’s a póg mo thóin” (Kiss my ass) to the question what this monument is about. The spire is illuminated at night and makes a good orientation point for lost tourists or drunken pub-crawlers. It’s diameter is 3 meters at the base and10 cm at the top: The spire has a glass tip and its heighth is 120 meters. It was erected to celebrate the new millenium, but typical for Irish projects, it was finished in 2003. Make up your own mind about it. I don’t think that it is particularly ugly, but I don’t think I would miss it if someone would steal it. Its controversity gives it enough reason for being anyway.
    The history of this monument is even more interesting. Once, there was a pillar with a statue of Admiral Nelson on top, similar to the one on London’s Trafalgar Square, but with a public viewing platform. Indeed, Dublin’s statue was older, but the London one was bigger, of course. Unfortunately, Admiral Nelson was seen as a symbol for British rule and some nationalists couldn’t stand him anymore. Therefore, a former IRA group blew up the pillar on March 6th 1966. Some say that it was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The spot rested empty for decades until the spike appeared.

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    Statues & tributes

    by Durfun Updated Dec 31, 2009

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    This wide road (Ireland's widest) is the heart of Dublin, and is adorned with many statues commemorating Irish heroes.

    Where the Spike stands today, Nelson's column stood till 1966 (when it was blown up by the Saor Eire in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising). It's worth noting that this column was finished a lot earlier than it's bigger brother (by 10 feet) in London!

    Also, another monument to Anna Livia was removed to erect the new spire.

    Other statues are still present, such as one honouring Charles Stewart Parnell at the north end of the street; at the southern end stands a statue of Daniel O'Connell (19th century nationalist leader), and near the spire you will see one of trade union leader James Larkin - who is famous for the phrase "The great appear great because you are on your knees - Arise"!!

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    A commercial street with an historical twist

    by Jefie Updated May 27, 2009

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    O'Connell Street is the biggest street in Dublin - in fact, it's even one of the largest streets in all of Europe! It's mostly a commercial street, but even if you're not the least interested in shopping, it's still worth walking up O'Connell street to see some of its landmarks. First and foremost, of course, is the General Post Office. The GPO dates back to 1818 and it became part of Irish history when the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising decided to use it as headquarters and Patrick Pearse read the "Proclamation of the Irish Republic" standing on its front steps. Although the building was almost entirely destroyed during the fight that ensued, its facade and portico somehow survived the heavy bombardment, making it possible to eventually rebuild the GPO behind them and thus preserve an important piece of Ireland's history.

    The median space that runs down the centre of O'Connell Street is home to several statues and monuments, including those dedicated to Charles Stewart Parnell and Daniel O'Connell. There also used to be a monument dedicated to Lord Nelson, but it was bombed in 1966 by former IRA members. In 2003, a new monument was built in its place: the spire of Dublin. It is a 120 m high stainless steel needle, and its top is illuminated at night and can be seen from all over the city - which, as someone pointed out to us, makes it very convenient to find your bearings when you've been pub crawling and have had one too many drinks!! As every monument in Dublin, the Spire has been dubbed with a number of nicknames, but I think my favourite one is "The erection at the intersection" :o) And speaking of statues with nicknames, just a few steps away from the Spire on North Earl Street you'll find a statue of James Joyce depicted as leaning on a cane. This one has of course become "The prick with the stick"!

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    Memorial to Charles Steward Parnell

    by littlesam1 Written Mar 26, 2009
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    There are many other monuments and memorials to see was you walk along O'Connell Street. The one pictured here is to Irish Patriot Charles Stewart Parnell. He was a patriot whose reputation in Ireland was earned by opposing the Act of Union with Britain and by supporting Catholic emancipation. This monuments stands to his memory on a busy intersection on O'Connell Street. I had to dodge a few cars to get to the pedestrian island in the middle of the street to take the photos.

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    Daniel O'Connell Memorial

    by littlesam1 Updated Mar 26, 2009

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    So what would you expect to find on O'Connell Street in Dublin? A memorial to Daniel O'Connell of course! Daniel O'Connell was the great liberator of Ireland, who led the fight for Irish independence in the 19th century. If you have read any of my other pages here on VT you will know that I love monuments and memorials. I love to take photo's of them when I travel and then come home and do research on the person. I have learned a lot of history this way.

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    Monument To Daniel O'Connell

    by Mikebb Updated Mar 17, 2009

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    Walking along O'Connell Street you cannot miss the monument to Daniel O'Connell. The monument took 19 years to complete.

    Daniel O'Connor was known as "The Liberator" as he was the organiser of peacefull rallies of up to a million people in pursuit of Catholic emancipation. He was elected to Parliament in 1828 as the member for Clare.

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    Daniel O'Connell Momument

    by mvtouring Written Mar 14, 2009

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    We spotted him from the bus, henc the photo is not that great. Dan O'Connell was known as the Liberator for his agressive fight for Irish home rule and democracy as a whole. He died in Rome in 1847, and per his instructions had his heart buried in Rome but his body in Dublin.

    The O'Connell statue stands at the beginning of the street made after him and the bridge named after him as well.

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    The Spire - World's Tallest Monument

    by Mikebb Updated Mar 13, 2009

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    The Spire, O'Connell Street, Dublin
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    The Spire known as the Monument of Light is a new addition to O'Connell Street. It is a stainless steel, conical spire which tapers from a 3 metre diameter base to a 10 cm pointed tip of optical glass at a height of 120 metres.

    On the days we visited the sky was overcast and our photos do not capture the spire at its best.

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    O'Connel Street Memorials

    by Goner Written Nov 26, 2008

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    There are many statues of heros lined along the boulevard of O'Connell Street in Dublin, the most famous being that of Daniel O'Connell "the Liberator". There is also one of Parnell, a great patriot and Jim Larkin, the great labor leader.

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    Number One Street

    by seasonedveteran Written Apr 9, 2008

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    Aww the Spike... with a straight face tell me okay
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    Upon landing in Dublin, the Irish street that I layed my eyes on was your truly, and i was pretty impressed, especially after being overwelmed in London. Dublin, has the large government buildings, but is so humble and comforting. The love-hate relationship of the steel Spike in the street is a intimate manifestation of how brutlally honest man can be. Dublin isnt the most thriving, and the fact that the Ha'penny bridge is a major site, i think self explains it. Therefore, the Irish people dont take themselves seriously, and how can they when the Ha'penny bridge remains? And I love them for it!

    O'connel street is real, comparing to Grafton Street which is somewhat cliche. You will always find shoulder to shoulder crowds there, and street performers. Very nice street to do people watching and busy city feeling. Temple Bar is at the beginning of Grafton Street, which is a brilliant example of Irish Bar.

    Wander beyond these two streets, and you find Timmy O'Tool residing in the brick house intoxicated with soot and exhaust from the coal mines!

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    At the heart of it all....

    by bsfreeloader Updated Dec 24, 2007

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    In many ways, O’Connell Street is the heart of Dublin. Stretching from Parnell Square to the O’Connell Bridge, it is the main thoroughfare into the Dublin city center. At the heart of O’Connell Street is an out-of-place spire located in the middle of the street just across from the post office. This eyesore detracts from both the post office (a remnant from the Georgian era, the post office is one of Dublin’s most famous landmarks) and the street scene as a whole but does serve as an easily recognizable landmark. O’Connell Street and its many arteries hardly compare to Las Ramblas in Barcelona or the Champs Elysees in Paris, but this is still one of the better places in Dublin to window shop and people watch.

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