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Our address is: 89 North Circular Road, Dublin 7, Ireland. Our office is in the basement of a Victorian house
We are just 5 minutes walk from the Phoenix Park and circa 20 minutes walk from the city centre.
The 46a bus coming out from the city centre to the Phoenix Park stops right across the road from us. It is the second stop after Hanlon's Corner (a well-known Pub and landmark). The bus route terminates at the Phoenix Park. On the way into the city centre, we are just before the second stop after leaving the terminus.

We are open from 09:00 through until 18:00 Monday to Friday.
We do not close for lunch.

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The House

Our office is in the basement of a 3 storey house in a Victorian terrace of two-bay two-storey over basement houses. Our house was built in 1890 and the original address was 13 Belfast Terrace. It was an upper class area and many of the houses were owned by members of the military - McKee Barracks is situated just behind us. The very close proximity to the Phoenix Park meant the residents could go horse riding there. The servants would have occupied the rooms in the basement and so these are very plain rooms with no fancy plasterwork and very basic fireplaces. The first floor is where the family lived. The ceilings are finely decorated with plasterwork and lovely marble fireplaces. The top floor where the family slept, has fine plasterwork on the ceilings but the fireplaces are basic. There are beautiful pine floor boards throughout the house. The windows are all wooden sash windows (they slide up and down). As was the norm for those days, the houses were built domino style i.e there is just one wall between houses. So if we removed a brick from the wall, the neighbour would be able to see us.

At the rear of the house, there is a large garden and this leads to what was originally the coach house where the horses and carriage were kept. The attic of the coachhouse has a small door leading to the lane at the rear which facilitated taking in the luggage from the top of the coach. It also served as a store for food for the horses.

Notable features include the front of the house which has a red brick wall laid in Flemish bond for the two top floors, a flight of cut granite steps leading to the front door and a large chimney stack as part of the return i.e. the smaller part at the rear of the house. Our house still has the original one-over-one timber sash windows with the original imperfect glass and internal shutters, the front door with it's decorative surround and pilasters. Internally, there is a large rear-facing hall window with stained glass insets. The house has an M-shaped slated roof with a large chimney stack in each half of the M.

The North Circular Road was laid out in the 1780s to create convenient approaches to the city. There used to be a very large cattle market about 200m along the road heading towards the city, opposite a line of tall red brick houses. The market was closed in the early 1970's and replaced with Drumalee housing estate.

The Area

First mention must go to the Phoenix Park. This magnificent park is the largest enclosed public Park in any capital city in Europe. It was created in 1662 as a royal deer park by the 1st Duke of Ormond. The name comes from an anglicisation of the Irish "fionn uisce" which means clear water and refers to a spa which existed in the area. Put on your walking shoes and spend the day admiring the park from one end to the other. Young folk can occupy themselves in the playground at the People's Flower Garden. You can take a rest at the Hole-in-the-Wall (dates back to 1610, is the longest pub in Ireland), glimpse the Presidental house, check out the deer, play football, disappear into the furry glen, reappear and head over to the Magazine Fort before figuring out how far up Nelson's column you could scale before giving up.

Stoneybatter is just a few minutes away. This area has featured in several films. Many of the houses in the neighbourhood were built by the Dublin Artisan Dwelling Company. Read the full story here.

Kingsbridge railway station (or Heuston as it is now called) is about 20 minutes walk from here, just across the Liffey and close to the main entrance to the Phoenix Park. Built in 1846, it is the main station for trains to the western half of the country.

The area is steeped in history and you don't have to look too hard to see it (unless you are trying to find the link from the Royal Canal to Broadstone - it's covered over!). The bus depot at Broadstone used to be a railway station. Goods were transferred between the trains and the canal barges via the above link. Go a short distance along the canal towards the city centre and you will come to the old flour mills at Cross Guns Bridge in Phibsboro. Head out in the other direction and you can go as far as Cloondara in Co. Longford at which point you can transfer to the river Shannon and head towards Limerick.

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