Shortcuts/back lanes/off streets in Dun Laoghaire

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Shortcuts/back lanes/off streets in Dun Laoghaire

Postby grammer » Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:28 am

Just wondering reading "know your town do ye"
How about taking photos of all the off streets back lanes and short cuts that we all take /and have taken through the years when we go up/down or into the town?
there are so many we never even notice.
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Re: Shortcuts/back lanes/off streets in Dun Laoghaire

Postby Rocker » Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:37 am

Great idea Grammer,

Any time I drive into D/L...HID says I go ...a..ways...but, it is so individual...may not always be the shortest route but I do think there is a bit of my childhood involved....somehow or other I do manage to go down Mulgrave St...up Patrick's Street or coming another way down York Road..down to the harbour, up Marine Rd up patrick's Street and then look for parking BangHead coming down from the Noggin I go down the side of the Park along the seafront past the Town hall and then up one of those turns to the left...never the easy way.
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Re: Shortcuts/back lanes/off streets in Dun Laoghaire

Postby Rocker » Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:21 pm

As I go up Patrick's Street I notice the lane is called Lynch Lane. I never thought too much about it but last Saturday on my way from the Oratory I called into O'Connor Jewellers and Mr O'Connor told me the lane was named after Sr Concepta Lych the Celtic artist who did the painting in the Oratory.

Here is a copy of the Councils note on the naming of the lanes,

MEETING OF DUN LAOGHAIRE AREA COMMITTEE
27TH JANUARY 2014
ITEM NO.
NAMING OF DUN LAOGHAIRE LANEWAYS
During the public consultation for the Part 8 for the Dún Laoghaire laneways a
number of submissions requested that the lanes be named after local historic,
artistic or literary figures. Following some research the Heritage Officer suggests
that the laneways could be called Lee's Lane, Toutcher Lane and Lynch Lane.
Lee's Lane - between Northumberland Avenue and Mulgrave Street –

Lane C.
The Dublin Lockout of 1913 is often portrayed in black and white terms as a
struggle between the employers and workers. However, one individual straddled
the divide and that was Edward Lee, the owner of a chain of drapery stores in
Bray, Dún Laoghaire, Rathmines and Dublin. Seen as a moderate in a time of
extremes Lee owned a shop in Dun Laoghaire, where Dunnes Stores is today.
During the lockout Lee challenged the Lockout strategy of William Martin Murphy
and felt that “the employers should withdraw the pledge requiring their
employees to cease to belong to the Transport Workers’ Union. To my way of
thinking such a pledge is an unfair interference with the personal liberty of the
worker”. The lane proposed for this name is located very close to the current
Dunne's Stores, the site of Lee's shop.

Toutcher Lane - between Mulgrave Street and Patrick Street – Lane B
Richard Toutcher deserves a great part of the credit for the construction of Dún
Laoghaire Harbour and, as a consequence, the development of the town of Dún
Laoghaire. Born in Egersund, Norway in 1758 Toutcher came to Ireland and
established a ship broking business. As part of his work he became acutely
aware of the extent of loss of shipping in Dublin Bay caused by a sand bar across
the mouth of the river Liffey. After a tragic night in November 1807 when the
Rochdale and the Prince of Wales were wrecked with the loss of nearly 400 lives
Toutcher campaigned for a pier at Dun Laoghaire. From the time the decision
was taken to build the harbour he became employed in the works in various
capacities. In fact he worked for the Harbour Commissioners from 1816 until the
mid-1830s. The lane proposed for this name is the one between Patrick Street
and Mulgrave Street.

Lynch Lane - between Patrick Street and Convent Road – Lane A
One of the greatest pieces of art in the twentieth century was painted by Sister
Concepta Lynch of the Dominican Order in Dún Laoghaire. Born Lily Lynch, sister
Concepta was a highly skilled Celtic illustrator. Her greatest work of art is the
Oratory, on Dún Laoghaire's Library Road. Between the early 1920s and the mid-
1930s (until she became too ill to continue painting) she painstakingly decorated
this chapel in her own unique style. However, largely because it was behind the
walls of a religious order, neither she nor her chapel achieved their due
recognition.
However, today the chapel is regarded as a unique piece of Irish art and Sister
Concepta Lynch one of the greatest artists of her time. The suggested Lynch
Lane would run to Convent Road, where Lynch's Domincan convent was located.

The first Lane to be re-surfaced was Lane D from Corrig Avenue to
Northumberland. This is already named Anglesea Lane.
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Re: Shortcuts/back lanes/off streets in Dun Laoghaire

Postby bugrock » Tue Jun 06, 2017 5:19 pm

Not before time, a brilliant touch of class, Rocker. Very interesting and informative. dnc1
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Re: Shortcuts/back lanes/off streets in Dun Laoghaire

Postby Strum » Wed Jun 07, 2017 5:05 pm

Good idea Grammer, and great info there Rocker.

Here's a well used laneway. Top of Northumberland Ave to Corrig place.




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Re: Shortcuts/back lanes/off streets in Dun Laoghaire

Postby Micheál » Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:41 pm

Strum wrote:Good idea Grammer, and great info there Rocker.

Here's a well used laneway. Top of Northumberland Ave


And the customary crop of Dún Laoghaire Weeds!
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Re: Shortcuts/back lanes/off streets in Dun Laoghaire

Postby Strum » Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:53 pm

Micheál wrote: And the customary crop of Dún Laoghaire Weeds!




Haha, start a campaign Micheal. :D
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Re: Shortcuts/back lanes/off streets in Dun Laoghaire

Postby Rocker » Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:01 am

I wonder if those weeds would build up if there was any kind of system of street cleaning?? As I drive along roads I've noticed bits of tyres, stones, small rocks, wheel hubs, all kinds of rubbish bags, bits of wood, old cushions. Some of them have been in situ for two years!!!

Remember those men with their brushes and carts???...Ah they were too expensive....better to have the big bosses sitting behind desks than to have the streets cleaned!!...Oh and then there are the thick householders who put out their overloaded wheelie bins mainly on WINDY nights..Ah sure, it adds interest to the rest of the stuff...I was out this morning gathering my neighbours bubble wrap, plastic wrapping, milk cartons......aaaahhhh BangHead BangHead BangHead

I'm off topic again...
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Re: Shortcuts/back lanes/off streets in Dun Laoghaire

Postby Toss » Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:14 pm

Rocker wrote:I wonder if those weeds would build up if there was any kind of system of street cleaning?? As I drive along roads I've noticed bits of tyres, stones, small rocks, wheel hubs, all kinds of rubbish bags, bits of wood, old cushions. Some of them have been in situ for two years!!!

Remember those men with their brushes and carts???...Ah they were too expensive....better to have the big bosses sitting behind desks than to have the streets cleaned!!...Oh and then there are the thick householders who put out their overloaded wheelie bins mainly on WINDY nights..Ah sure, it adds interest to the rest of the stuff...I was out this morning gathering my neighbours bubble wrap, plastic wrapping, milk cartons......aaaahhhh BangHead BangHead BangHead

I'm off topic again...


Ah yes Rocker...... the street cleaner with is cart, always around keeping an eye on proceedings as he kept our streets clean wuu it was a great service and one that would be most welcome today BUT where would you get someone willing to carry out such work ? ......... do you think any of the 150,000 unemployed would put their hands up ?

No, the Councils have learned its better to buy a few cheap trophies, print off a few certs and get the innocent public competing with each other to clean it all up under the a tidy town/village/streets awards scheme. That way, theres no insurance risk to the council as its volunatry and the cost is miniscule. I can recall my father saying that the more the public do, the less jobs there will be after his roadsweeping pal was laid off. I wonder how much a roadsweeping machine costs per annum (driver & assistant, fuel, servicing & repairs, insurance, tax, depreciation, training, administration etc etc) Vs a few trigger's with their carts and brushes ?
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Re: Shortcuts/back lanes/off streets in Dun Laoghaire

Postby Micheál » Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:23 pm

Nowadays, the Council deploy little road-sweeping trucks which, despite some advantages, are deficient for two reasons -
A) driver rarely exits the cab to tackle an awkward or exceptional item
B) and this really annoys me - they don't deploy in areas at a predicted time; so no one knows to avoid parking cars, thus making the "visit" completely ineffective. In other jurisdictions, street cleaning is done co-incident with bin pickups so everyone knows to leave the road outside their house free for the street cleaner. In some cities, visits are more precise eg left side of street on one day, right side on another, and you'd get a ticket for been caught parking on a designated time.

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Re: Shortcuts/back lanes/off streets in Dun Laoghaire

Postby keeper » Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:46 pm

Yes Toss, the road sweepers and dust bin men, they were a good neighbourhood watch as well, once a month a road sweeper truck pays a visit to our neck of the woods, usually accompanied by a man who walks some distance ahead and who brushes the dirt out from around parked cars for the machine to clean up. Micheál's suggestion used in other parts seems a logical idea.
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Re: Shortcuts/back lanes/off streets in Dun Laoghaire

Postby Strum » Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:51 am

Micheál wrote:Nowadays, the Council deploy little road-sweeping trucks which, despite some advantages, are deficient for two reasons



Three reasons.

C) Sallyweedin for instance.


A blot on the landscape.



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Re: Shortcuts/back lanes/off streets in Dun Laoghaire

Postby Rocker » Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:02 am

Don't be too disheartened Strum. Years ago we were urged by bee keepers to devote some of the garden to wild flowers and help the bees. That looks a great buzzy place :D
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Re: Shortcuts/back lanes/off streets in Dun Laoghaire

Postby jabra » Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:26 pm

And a good photo of the house I was born in
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