Anyone who has visited Dublin, Ireland, will have walked O'Connell Street - its the main street in the city and has been for many years - claiming its own place in history. Full of locals and tourists - O'Connell Street is often a bus stop for any sightseeing or people looking for a hotel for a weekend in Dublin.
Should we refer to O'Connell street as one of the main places that define the trip to Dublin? Actually, whether you are going out for a walk, jumping on the hop-on hop-off bus tour, or else trying to spot out the most famous magnificent places which you should visit in this city, you will end up stumbling upon O'Connell street for being an old famous one where one could enjoy shopping, go for a walk, or even enjoy some of the old statues for the famous figures which are placed there.
Before coming to the name O'Connell, this street has gone through two different times and dealt with two different names; it was first referred to as "Drogheda Street" and which was named after Henry Moore, Earl of Drogheda, until it was widened and renamed to "Sackville Street" after Lionel Sackville, first Duke of Dorset, from the late 1700 until 1924. Eventually, the street was called O'Connell in honour of Daniel O'Connell, a nationalist leader of the 19th century and whose statue stands at the lower end of the street facing O'Connell Bridge.
The reason why we always consider it an important pin on the map of Dublin which tourists will be following is the location of the street, which is found in the heart of Dublin city, the capital of Ireland, and thus brings all those tourists to it. O'Connell street runs through the centre of the city, O'Connell Bridge, Westmoreland Street, College Green and Dame Street, terminating at City Hall and Dublin Castle and is also situated north the River Liffey; so one would definitely come across these places while being in Dublin.
Regardless its location and the different things one could do in this street from shopping to enjoying the nightlife, it is important to mention all the different statues which you will get the chance to come across and see while walking in this street and which come in addition to the famous statue of Daniel O'Connell which stands at the lower end of the street where the O'Connell Bridge is located.
From the different statues that you will manage to come across in O'Connell, there is the William Smith O'Brian which was moved to the street in 1929. There is also the Sir John Gray which is carved entirely of white Sicilian marble. Inside this street you will also come across James Larkin which is an expressive bronze statue atop a granite plinth and on which the birth date on Larkin was written incorrectly but was then written in the right way. There is also the Father Theobald Mathew, Charles Stewart Parnell, and Nelson's Pillar.
There are also some famous and important buildings situated around O'Connell street, such as St. Mary's Pro Cathedral, the Rotunda Hospital, Trinity college (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqzjus-0s_E) and the Bank of Ireland.
The old O'Connell street is not like the modern one in regards of its wideness and the shops found in it. There were other things done to the place and which are related to removing things and substituting them with others, such as the removal of all the London Plane trees and the installation of over 200 replacement of various species and lots of other things which were done as some kind of trying to correct the wrong things done in the past and turning this street into a more modernized place for people to walk, enjoy their times, and at the same time come across different statues and public art, since the longest public art in the world is found in O'Connell street.
There are actually lots of reasons why this street is considered a must when it comes to the different popular places and attractions that one will visit and definitely pass by in Dublin, Northern Ireland.
There are different places and landmarks that one will need to visit when it comes to Dublin, the capital city of Ireland, and which are the Dublinia Viking Museum that reveals the history of the vikings and the medieval times (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntthvOfjIOg), there is also Grafton street which is considered the number one shopping destination in Dublin (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ffe2L4kM7I), as well as going to the Merrion Square and walking across its famous garden where the statue of Oscar Wilde is located (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLVppV6GJfo), and going to the place where the famous statue of Molly Malone is located to know more about the history behind the song as well as take some pictures with it (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gwBwth8zJY).
Wondering what to do in Dublin? Add a walk along O'Connell Street into your list, you will probably do it anyway :-)
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