Who was Davy Stephens and where was the Photo taken?

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Who was Davy Stephens and where was the Photo taken?

Postby Micheál » Sat Nov 12, 2011 1:52 pm

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Maybe a forebear of George Davis.
I'm guessing this was the original entrance to the Rail Station - since converted to a restaurant
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Re: Who was Davy Stephens and where was the Photo taken?

Postby johndle » Sat Nov 12, 2011 2:56 pm

Davy Stephens
The 'King of Irish Newspapers' is also buried in Deansgrange. Davy Stephens had a news- stand in Kingstown for nearly fifty years. The area provided a lucrative market with mailboats and the railway station. So famous was this great character that he was immortalised in Ulysses by James Joyce. The 'Irish Society and Social Review' often featured stories about him. He attended the Epsom Derby every year, renewing old acquaintances and making new ones.

Davy Stephens (postcard)
Davy Stephens was a colourful jovial character selling newspapers to those travelling to and from Kingstown (Dún Laoghaire). He began selling papers at the age of six and over fifty years later was still going strong. His clients included numerous kings, queens, lord lieutenants as well as Napoleon III and Arthur Balfour.

Courtesy of Ken FinlayDavy Stephens (postcard)
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Davy Stephens (postcard)
Davy Stephens was a colourful jovial character selling newspapers to those travelling to and from Kingstown (Dún Laoghaire). He began selling papers at the age of six and over fifty years later was still going strong. His clients included numerous kings, queens, lord lieutenants as well as Napoleon III and Arthur Balfour.

Courtesy of Ken FinlayEnlarge imageDuring one of these trips he returned to find his position, at the door leading to and from the mail boats had been taken over by a boy from the Dublin newsagents. Michael Davitt raised the issued in Parliament and Davy was allowed to return to his original location. 'The Life and Times of Davy Stephens: the renowned Kingstown Newsman' was written by Davy and provides some interesting insights into the character of the man.

Davy epitomises so much of the history of Kingstown through the events/people he encountered during his career as a newspaper vendor. For example he witnessed the development of all forms of transport in the area including three generations of mail steamers. They ranged from steam packets, paddle steamers to mail boats. The list of people Davy met and sold newspapers to reads like a veritable who's who of royalty and other famous people.
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Re: Who was Davy Stephens and where was the Photo taken?

Postby Micheál » Sun Nov 13, 2011 2:02 am

Terrific report Johndle - much appreciated

Here a better image - you might even be able to figure out the exact date from the headlines in the papers

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Incidentally - it's a bit rich that the Belfast Telegraph are flogging for Sterling what's free in the South - but hey.
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Re: Who was Davy Stephens and where was the Photo taken?

Postby Strum » Sun Nov 13, 2011 6:34 am

Were he and Scoop Johnson related?
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