The Liberties, Dublin

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The Liberties is an area in central Dublin, Ireland, located to the southwest of the inner city. One of Dublin's most historic working-class neighbourhoods, the area is traditionally associated with social housing, market traders, local family-owned businesses, as well as whiskey distilling, it is now also a centre of enterprise and commercial life in the heart of the city. Today the historic city quarter sits side by side with dynamic media and tech hubs and highly respected medical and education centres.
The name derives from manorial jurisdictions dating from the arrival of the Anglo-Normans in the 12th century. They were town lands united to the city, but still preserving their own jurisdiction . The most important of these liberties were the Liberty of St. Sepulchre, under the Archbishop of Dublin, and the Liberty of Thomas Court and Donore belonging to the Abbey of St. Thomas . The modern Liberties area lies within the former boundaries of these two jurisdictions, between the river Liffey to the north, St. Patrick's Cathedral to the east, Warrenmount to the south and St. James's Hospital to the west.
Historical locationThese two liberties are mentioned in Allen's Register of 1529, but without describing their exact location. After the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII the liberties of Thomas Court and Donore was granted to William Brabazon, ancestor of the Earls of Meath. In 1579 the city of Dublin claimed the abbey to be within the jurisdiction and liberty of the city, but they lost their case. From then on the head of the liberty was the Earl of Meath. The family lent its name to places and streets in the district e.g. the Meath Market, the Meath Hospital and Meath Street. They also named Brabazon Row, Brabazon Street and Ardee Street (they were Barons Ardee since 1616).
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  • It is a great place for antiques- both the original type and old items turned into antiques. You could wander the street for hours and mooch in the antique shops. There is an interesting knotting...  more »
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