Rathmines: its history, buildings and people

Rathmines lies just south of Dublin’s Grand Canal.  It is one of the oldest as well as undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and distinctive of Dublin’s old “Townships”.  From its origin as the site of the fort of a medieval Norman Baron, it expanded dramatically in the mid to late 19th century, with fine redbrick Georgian-style townhouses lining its broad streets and squares, and smaller artisan workers cottages tucked away down the side streets and alleys.  Since that time, and over the last 170 years, the area has provided a home for generations of students and civil servants, as well as writers, scientists, artists and revolutionaries.  It boasts some of the most interesting architecture in Dublin, including a stunning art deco post office, factory and cinema, Dublin’s largest church dome, not to mention an underground river, the childhood home of James Joyce and the home of a 19th century Irish writer who has long been a household name in Japan.  Rathmines was the base for a famous telescope workshop, and home to a veritable who’s who of Ireland’s revolutionary elite during the fight for Independence 1913-1922, including rebel countess Constance Markievicz and many, many more.  And these are a hint of some of the content of our tour of the district.

On this tour we mix a blend of architectural, social, literary and political history, giving you an enjoyable variety of insights into the complexity and contradictions of this most charismatic of Dublin neighbourhoods.

To book your own private tour of Rathmines, please fill out the private tour form below.  Please do not use this form to inquire about Public tours.  To see details of upcoming public tours, please visit our Public Tours page instead.


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