I mentioned Bram Stoker, who lived on Harcourt Street, in my captions because I just received the press release shown below:
Bram Stoker Festival celebrates the legacy of one of Ireland’s most beloved and iconic writers. Now entering its tenth year, the festival draws inspiration from Stoker, his life, his work, the Dublin of his time and celebrates the Gothic, the supernatural, the after-dark and the Victorian. Over the years, we’ve presented major outdoor spectacles and installations; intimate experiences on hallowed grounds; world premieres of new scores for classic films and award winning theatre productions; outdoor circus at night in dark, foreboding forests; comedy in nightclubs; choral ensembles in darkened libraries; food tours where participants dined on custom menus; elaborate banquets in sacred crypts. We’ve taken over cathedrals, parks and squares; entertained thousands of Dubliners and visitors with parades, fire gardens and illuminated, water-based installations; delved into Stoker’s literary impact, dissecting everything from his life and city to his work as a critic and entertained little monsters with kid-friendly discos, workshops, face-painting, performances and more at Stokerland and beyond. In 2023, you can expect more deliciously dark treats on the streets and in venues across Dublin.
Monday 30 October
Gather from 6.30pm, Parade starts at 7pm
We are so excited to welcome Macnas back to Dublin for a brand-new, haunting and hair-raising parade of otherworldly magic to close this year’s festival.
Join us as dusk falls on Monday 30 October for Cnámha La Loba, an unforgettable spectacle that will transform the streets as day turns to night and darkness descends on Hallowe’en Eve.
Macnas Parade Route: The parade will start on Moore Street, turn onto Henry Street and travel up to Mary Street, before turning right onto Capel Street, then left onto Little Britain Street and left again onto Halston Street. The parade ends halfway down Halston Street.
Harcourt Street is a little over 0.6 kilometres (0.37 mi) in length with its northerly start at the south-east corner of St Stephen’s Green and terminates in the south at the point where Adelaide road becomes Harcourt Road, near Harcourt Terrace.
The River Stein, an underground river, runs underneath the upper section of the street.
The street was created during a period of street construction and improvement overseen by the Wide Streets Commission in 18th century, extending from St Stephen’s Green towards the Circular Road to the south. It was laid out from 1777 by John Hatch. The street first appears on maps in 1784, and is named after Simon Harcourt, 1st Earl Harcourt. By 1791, Hatch had secured enough land to develop the street to its full intended length. In 1843, it had 72 houses.
Unionist politician Edward Carson was born at no. 4 and there is a plaque located at the house. John Scott, 1st Earl of Clonmell, known as Copper-faced Jack, lived on the street at no. 17 and Bram Stoker lived at no. 16 for a period.
No. 6 is a building with many historical connections including as headquarters of Arthur Griffith’s Sinn Féin. It was donated by the state to Conradh na Gaeilge in 1966 on the fiftieth anniversary of the Easter Rising. This was to mark the contribution of Conradh na Gaeilge to the nationalist movement, six of the seven signatories of the 1916 Proclamation having been members of the Conradh. The building was the subject of a documentary Uimhir 6.
The street is a largely intact Georgian one. Harcourt Street station, the former railway station, is a prominent building on the street.
As of 2018 the road is overlaid with a Luas tram line and traffic is single direction only outwards from the intersection with Charlotte Way. There is a Luas stop outside the old railway terminus towards the south end of the street. The street is known for its numerous bars and nightclubs, including Tripod and Copper Face Jacks.