THIS MAY BE UNFAMILIAR TO THE MAJORITY OF DUBLINERS
I always thought that it was Clerys rather than Clerys. It should be mentioned that the reopening of the iconic building with retail stores and rooftop hospitality facilities is was to happen before Christmas and while the photographs presented here date from August I visited Earl Place a few days ago and nothing has changed. It has been reported that the grand opening is delayed because of a court case over the alleged wrongful termination of a lease by a clothing and fashion company.
Earl Place could best be described as a laneway, passing behind Clerys, connecting North Earl Street to Sackville Place. I could be wrong but the CIE club had an entrance on Earl Place … correct me if you know better.
PLaces can disappear without people being fully aware … Earl Place Market is now being promoted, in advance, as a New pedestrianised street with Food & Beverage offerings.
The Clerys building, which forms part of Clerys Quarter, is located opposite the GPO (one of Ireland’s most famous landmarks) on the corner of O’Connell Street and Sackville Place.
George Bradshaw, Tommy Duffy and Tommy Douglas were all young men who worked for CIE. They were killed by explosions on Sackville Place, off O’Connell Street.
On 1 December 1972, car bombs exploded in Dublin for the first time. The first was outside Liberty Hall on the quays. A short time later there was another on Sackville Place.
It was close to the CIE club on Marlborough Street used by bus workers. George Bradshaw and Tommy Duffy were coming from the club when they were caught by the bomb.
Mr Bradshaw was a bus driver from Fethard in Co Tipperary. The 30-year-old was married with two children, and had only recently moved to Dublin. He had been taking night classes in business studies.
Tommy Duffy, from Castlebar in Co Mayo, was a bus conductor. The 24-year-old was married with one child. His wife Monica was pregnant and was left a widow at the age of 22. Their son Thomas was born four months later in April 1973.