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Encyclopedia > Grafton Street, Dublin
Shoppers on Grafton Street
Shoppers on Grafton Street

Grafton Street (Sráid Grafton in Irish) is one of the two principal shopping streets in Dublin city centre, running from St. Stephen's Green in the south to College Green in the north. The street was named after the first Duke of Grafton, who owned land in the area. The street was developed from a then existing country lane by the Dawson family in 1708, after whom the parallel Dawson Street is named. Image File history File links Grafton_Street. ... Image File history File links Grafton_Street. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... St. ... College Green, previously called Hoggen Green, is a three sided square in the centre of Dublin. ... The title of Duke of Grafton was created in 1675 by Charles II of England for his 2nd illegitimate son by the Duchess of Cleveland, Henry FitzRoy. ... The Mansion House Dawson Street is one of the main streets of central Dublin, running parallel to Grafton Street, to which it is connected by Duke Street and Anne Street South. ...

Since the 1980s, the street has been mostly pedestrianised, with the exception of the short stretch running between Nassau Street and College Green. This short stretch contains two notable Dublin landmarks, the eighteenth century Trinity College Provost's House and the late twentieth century statue of Molly Malone, which has become a popular Dublin meeting place. A life-size bronze statue of Phil Lynott was unveiled on Harry Street, off Grafton Street, on 19th August 2005. Trinity College, Dublin, corporately designated as the Provost, Fellows and Scholars of the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth near Dublin, was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, and is the only constituent college of the University of Dublin, Irelands oldest university. ... The Provosts House dates from the 1760s and was built for Provost Andrews of Trinity College. ... Molly Malone (also known as Cockles And Mussels) is a popular song which has acquired the status of an Irish anthem. ... Philip Parris Lynott (August 20, 1949–January 4, 1986) was an Irish singer, instrumentalist and songwriter, who first came to prominence as a member of Thin Lizzy. ...

Bewley's Oriental Cafe, a Grafton Street institution since its opening in 1927, announced at the end of October 2004 that it would be closing before Christmas, along with its Westmoreland Street cafe. Following a campaign by the Mayor of Dublin, Catherine Byrne, the cafe on Grafton Street was kept. Bewleys Limited is an old Irish tea house chain, established in 1840. ... The Mansion House The Lord Mayor of Dublin is the symbolic head of the city government of Dublin, the capital of Ireland. ...

In the short story "The Distant Whispers" By online writer, Kevin Carter, A Cloud of angry whispers burst through the side of Brown Thomas on Grafton street.

Buskers, including musicians, poets and mime artists commonly perform to the shopping crowds. Busking is the practice of doing live performances in public places to entertain people, usually to solicit donations and tips. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music Musicians can be classified by their role in creating or performing music: A singer (or vocalist) uses his or her voice as an instrument. ... The poor poet A poet is a person who writes poetry. ... This article is about Mime as an art form. ...



The opening of the Luas tram system at the end of June 2004 has led to a 20% increase in pedestrian traffic on the street as of October 2004, although the construction of a large shopping centre in Dundrum (the largest in Europe, when completed) toward the other end of the Luas green line could threaten these figures. Grafton Street rents increased by 46% between 2003 and 2004. The average 2005 rent was €3,653 /m2-year, making the street the seventh most expensive street in Europe. However, certain key retail sites rent for an astonishing €15,000 /m2-year, beating the world record [1]. (Europe's most expensive, Champs-Élysées rents for €6,600 /m2-year while the world's most expensive is Fifth Avenue, New York, which goes for €11,500 /m2-year [2]). Luas (Irish for speed), also promoted in the development stage as the Dublin Light Rail System, currently encompasses two unconnected on-street light rail lines in Dublin, Ireland. ... Dundrum (Dún Droma in Irish) is a suburb in south Dublin, Republic of Ireland, now essentially part of greater Dublin city. ... The Champs-Élysées (pronounced  , literally the Elysian Fields) is a broad avenue in Paris. ... Street sign at Fifth Avenue and East 57th street Fifth Avenue is a major thoroughfare in New York City. ... NY redirects here. ...


Notable shops

  • Brown Thomas department store, in the old Switzers building.
  • Weirs jewellers.

Brown Thomas is a chain of four department stores located in Dublin, Galway, Cork and Limerick. ...

Other shops

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Notable Buskers

  • Rodrigo Y Gabriela - Mexican guitar playing duo
  • Damien Rice - ex-Grafton Street busker. Now famous musician.
  • Diceman - game store owner and street performer
  • The Public Health Service - three piece rock and roll music
  • Roadmage - comedy magic show
  • The Man And The Machine - beatbox and original rap
  • Shah Smooth - enigmatic limbo show
  • Old Harmonica Man - old man whos plays the harmonica.

Rodrigo y Gabriela are a Mexican musical duo who specialize in playing fast, rhythmic acoustic guitars. ... Damien Rice (born December 7, 1973) is an Irish folk singer most famous for his two albums O and 9. // Damien Rice was born in Dublin, Ireland to George and Maureen Rice and grew up in Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland. ... The Diceman, real name Thom McGinty, was born in Glasgow but came to Ireland in 1976 to work as a model. ... Roadmage is a persona used for performances by magician and entertainer Owen Lean. ...

See also

This page lists important shopping streets or districts by city. ...

External links

  • Buildings of Grafton Street, from ArchEire

Coordinates: 53°20′29″N, 6°15′37″W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...

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