THE FOURS CORNERS OF HELL, DUBLIN
In 2002, The Woods Band released a critically acclaimed album called ‘The Four Corners of Hell’. The title comes from the local name for the junction of
and Patrick Street.
It was so named as at one time there was a pub on each of the four corners of
that intersection. In fact in 1960, you could start a journey at Harold’s
and walk the mile to Christchurch Cathedral and visit nineteen pubs. If you
walked the same ‘Olden Mile’ today the people who preach responsibility in
alcohol would be delighted as only five pubs would be entered. Cross Bridge
The oldest licence is that belonging to the presently closed Man of Achill that dates back to 1760 or as it was known then as ‘Ye Olde Grinding Young’. Many great bar names have disappeared over the years since1960, The Bunch of Grapes, Larkin’s, Nash’s, Biddy Mulligan’s and the Tap.
The Four Corners of Hell were Quinn’s at Clanbrassil Street and The Coombe, Kenny’s on the corner of Patrick Street and the Coombe, Lowe’s on the corner of Patrick Street and Kevin Street and O’Bierne’s on the opposite corner. Many of the pubs were demolished to make way for progress when in the nineties
named after James Hamilton, Earl of Clanbrassil, was widened to cope with
growing volumes of traffic.
major tourist areas is around St. Patrick’s and Christchurch Cathedrals and the
terminus of the Viking Splash Tours. Dublin Patrick
Street in 1960 boasted six pubs now there is none.
In 1960 J.A. Maguire’s, The Tap was located at 12-13 Patrick Street on the corner of Dillon Place.
Number 21was Michael Ryan’s on the corner of Hanover Lane. Number 25 was A. Brennan’s
later known as Birchall’s between Hanover Lane and Dean Street while at 36 was T. McDonalds and finally down to the Corner of
Hell with Kenny’s (Once known as Pat McManus’s) facing Lowe’s the last pub to
disappear in 2005 when then called Nash’s and owned by the famous English Channel
swimmer Pat Nash it was demolished.
With Farrell’s pub currently closed,
New Street is also devoid of pubs when it
once boasted The White Horse Bar, the New Inn and O’Bierne’s on Hells Corner.
No. 1 Patrick Doyle Leonard’s Corner Café
(Once Known as Christy Carr’s)
No 29 Cyril McDermott McKenna’s
(Once known as The Fiddlers Green)
No. 30 The Poplars CLOSED
No. 35 Carroll Brothers The Harold House
No. 30 William J Barrett GONE
No. 56 Thomas Keogh The 57 Headline
No. 67 T MacDonagh’s GONE
(Also known as Biddy Mulligan’s & Pearse Bar.)
No. 91 J Fitzpatrick GONE
(Once known as The Bunch of Grapes)
No. 108Larkin Brothers GONE
No. 116 McAuleys
No. 35 James Kavanagh Farrell’s
(Once known as Donlon’s)
No. 45 Pat McAuleys GONE
(Once known as The White Horse Bar)
No. 65 The New
No. 1 O’Bierne’s GONE
No. 12 J.A. Maguire GONE
(Once known as Dunne’s)
No. 21 Michael Ryan’s GONE
No. 25 A. Brennan’s GONE
No. 36 T. McDonald GONE
(Once known as Donnelly’s)
No. 49 Pat McManus GONE
No. 50 JD Quinn’s GONE
(Also known as Lowe’s & Nash’s)
No. 7 W. Lowe’s GONE
No. 33 John Corry GONE
No. 85 Sinnott Brothers GONE
(Once known as Finnegan’s)
No. 87 Thomas Kenny GONE
No. 101 Sean O’Connor’s GONE
(Once known as The Napper Tandy)
No. 102 P. McColgan’s GONE
No. 104 Mrs A O’Bierne’s GONE
Gone but not forgotten.