CONNECTING THE COOMBE AND MILL STREET
There is not much to see as you walk along this street but both ends of the street are worth exploring.
The Coombe is a historic street in the south inner city of Dublin. It was originally a hollow or valley where a tributary of the River Poddle, the Coombe Stream or Commons Water, ran. The name is sometimes used for the broader area around, in which the Poddle and its related watercourses featured strongly.
The Coombe is home to the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital, which is one of the largest maternity hospitals in Ireland. The hospital was founded in 1826 and has since delivered over 1 million babies. My mother, now aged 103, was a midwife in the hospital.
The Coombe is also home to a number of other institutions, including the Coombe Hospital School of Nursing and Midwifery, the Coombe National Maternity Hospital Museum, and the Coombe Library.
The Coombe is a vibrant and diverse community, with a long and rich history. It is a place where people come together to celebrate life, and to welcome new generations into the world.
Here are some interesting facts about the Coombe:
The name “Coombe” comes from the Irish word “cum”, which means “hollow” or “valley”.
The Coombe Stream was once a major source of water for the city of Dublin.
The Coombe was once a popular spot for duels and other forms of violence.
The Coombe was home to a number of famous people, including the writer James Joyce and the politician Charles Stewart Parnell.
The Coombe is still a popular place for people to live, work, and visit.
Mill Street is a street in the Liberties area of Dublin, Ireland. It is named after the mills that once operated on the River Poddle, which runs along the street.
The history of Mill Street dates back to the 17th century. The first recorded mention of the street is in 1635, when it was referred to as “the street leading to the mills”. The mills on the Poddle were important for the city’s economy, and they helped to make the Liberties a major centre of industry.
In the 18th century, Mill Street became a more fashionable address. Many wealthy merchants and professionals built their homes on the street, and it became known as a “genteel quarter”. Some of the most notable buildings on Mill Street from this period include 10 Mill Street, which is a Dutch Billy-style house built in 1720, and the former Church of Ireland church of Saint Anna, which was built in 1790.
In the 19th century, Mill Street continued to be a prosperous area. However, the decline of the mills on the Poddle led to a decline in the fortunes of the street. By the early 20th century, Mill Street was a run-down area, and it was home to a number of slums.
In recent years, Mill Street has undergone a regeneration. Many of the old buildings have been restored, and new businesses have opened on the street. Mill Street is now a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.
Here are some interesting facts about Mill Street:
The street was once home to the Liberties Distillery, which was one of the largest distilleries in Ireland.
The street was also home to the Coombe Fever Hospital, which was founded in 1747.
Mill Street was the site of the Battle of the Coombe, which was fought in 1798 during the Irish Rebellion.
The street is still home to a number of historic buildings, including 10 Mill Street and the former Church of Ireland church of Saint Anna.