Your favourite pre-theatre bar, The Liberty Belle hosts live music every Friday, and boasts a wide Irish whiskey selection, with take away coffees and cakes. We also have an impressive antique Copper ornament collection.
You Give Me FeverWe often overlook the amount of hospitals and healthcare institutions in The Liberties. One of the lesser known centres is the former Cork Street Fever Hospital, now known as Bru Chaoimhin (St. Kevin's Hostel). Work is ongoing at present to refurbish the cupola atop the main building, and the bright new copper was burnishing in the sunshine this morning.The Cork Street Fever Hospital was opened in 1804 in what was then one of the city's most destitute areas. The purpose of the hospital was to treat and segregate patients from the surrounding areas and to contain then-rampant diseases such as cholera and typhus.The hospital initially accepted fever patients from five parishes in the Dublin Liberties. A year after its foundation the catchment area was extended to the district south of the river Liffey as far as the South Circular Road. By 1810 this was extended to the whole of the city of Dublin, and to all classes of applicants, which increased the financial pressure on the hospital. In the year 1812 over 2,200 patients were admitted. The hospital did succeed in checking the spread of disease, but the worsening unemployment in the Liberties following the Act of Union and occasional epidemics, such as scarlet fever, pushed up the mortality rate for the first few years of its existence. However, by 1815 the mortality rate in the hospital had declined to 1 in 20 (down from 1 in 11 in 1804).During the typhus epidemic that hit Dublin in 1826, over 10,000 people were treated for the infection in the hospital. It was so overcrowded that tents were erected in the grounds (fortunately, over 4 acres (1.6 ha) acres in extent), and these provided 400 extra beds. In 1847 it treated many of those affected by diseases brought about by the Great Famine.In 1903, the adjacent Weir Home was opened to accommodate the 50+ nurses who worked in the hospital. (Here's a nice post on this building from the Built Dublin blog: http://builtdublin.com/loggia-the-james-weir-home-for-nurses-cork-street-dublin-8/)In 1953, a new hospital at Cherry Orchard was built to replace the aging Cork Street Hospital. The hospital was renamed Bru Chaoimhin and converted into a nursing home. In recent years, the old hospital has again changed use and now houses a range of HSE services and offices.(Credit to Wikipedia for above) ... See MoreSee Less
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The Mayor of Meath Street The news that Jack Roche Esq is closing his doors for the last time still has many people in shock. A true stalwart of The Liberties, Jack is a man who’s given so generously of himself over many years. More than just a businessman, Jack has been a true community leader and will be sorely missed by many people. This site for one pays tribute to him and thanks him most sincerely for his generosity. And wishes him the best in retirement. ‘Like a death in the family’: Liberties grocer shuts his doorsvia The Irish Timeshttps://irishtimes.com/news/ireland/… ... See MoreSee Less
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