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Now O'Connell Street
The street was officially renamed O'Connell Street in 1924 after Daniel O'Connell as Ireland moved forward as a free state! Nelsons Pilar seen in the distance (middle) was destroyed in the early morning on the 8th of March 1966 by unknown persons (yet many have claimed to have done it). It has now been replaced by a strange "Giant Pin" or "Spike" that's 120m high (3m wide at bottom & 10cm wide at top). A now popular place for meeting as was "Under the Clock at Clearys" or at the General Post Office (GPO). No clear evidence to date tells whether the Dubliners (Dubs) have accepted this Spike structure yet!!
Now The Top Pedestrianised Shopping Street in Ireland!
This is now famously the most exclusive shopping street in Dublin & Ireland too. The 7th most expensive rental prices in Europe with some retail outlets actually beating the world records making them more expensive than Paris or New York! This is the most popular place for Buskers from all over the world to display or perform their acts.
Grandpa Was on Board.
My grandfather George Edwin Webber served on this ship between 1st November 1895 and September 9th 1897. He may have actually been on board as this photo was taken. He was also on the HMS 'Belleisle' which was stationed in Kingstown from June 11th 1888 to 8th of March 1892. He married a girl named Margaret (born 1872) from Meath. Rose was born in Meath in 1896. Lilly, George and James arrived in the three years from 1898, but they were born in Lincolnshire. I have not yet found Margaret's maiden name.
Happy memories of family holidays to Ireland with my parents, brother, grandmother and aunt. We visited all over Killarney whilst staying at the Strand Hotel, Youghal, Co. Cork. Wonderful times and a great childhood.
My Grandmother,Maggie's Memory of Ireland
My grandmother Maggie was born in County Kerry around 1875. Her future husband, Thomas Flood in his love letters to her referred to her affectiinately as "The Shoemaker's Daughter". He reminded her of one memory she must have told him about trying to push her older sister Abby into a well! She spoke to him fondly of her "balmy days spent by the Killarney Lakes" and the Brickeen Bridge. My sister and I hope to visit the Lakes
Of Killarney in her memory someday.
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