Down all my Dublin Days a memoir of the fair City by James Reddiough
On the occasion of the Junior All Ireland Football Final I took the opportunity to visit a part of Dublin that I lived in some years back. That is Cabra and Phibsborough and the area around Dublin 7 where I used to board when I worked in Camdem Street in Dublin 2 during the mid to late nineties.
Not much has changed apart from the building of a new campus for DCU on the north circular road on the site of the former psychiatric hospital at Grangegorman and along by Rathdowney Road where at number 44 Michael Collins once had a lodging.
The other historic site there at Hanlon’s corner is the former site of the Dublin Corporation Cattle market and this went on for years from 1863 and there is a small monument there near Hanlons pub where people used to make the deal either that or in Clarkes Hotel on Prussia Street in the area known as Drumalee where the corporation flats are today.
Phibsborough is an old red brick suburb dating back to the late decades of the 19th Century and developed much over the years with its once former cinema and the ice skating rink too. The home place of the young James Joyce at one time on St. Peter’s Road and of course in Manor Street you have the birth place of the other literary giant Austin Clarke the poet.
Yes this was where I spent part of my life and it was nice to return albeit briefly to revisit these places where part of my story was written and told over and over, another site is Aughrim Street Church where we laid one of our fellow lodgers to repose for his final night in the area.
May it not be long until I am back again in the city for yet another sentimental journey with the help of God.