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The Liberties at Christmas

 

By Mary-Kate Findon

All photos by Mary-Kate Findon

As we’re about to leave The Liberty for ever (sobs) and pass the torch on to next year’s budding journalists, as my final article I decided to do a collection of photos in the Liberties in the run up to Christmas. Here’s your next computer wallpaper!

Starting off, here’s a little market stall where the lads are selling Christmas trees on the corner of Thomas Street and Meath Street outside Bakers Bar.


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Further along Meath Street, this was by far my favourite stop of the series, the fellas in Tony Martin and Sons Butchers were great sports, as you may be able to tell. The rather unusual items for sale make it well worth the trip, if you fancy pig’s ears, tongues, livers and trotters.

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Here’s some snaps of what many would consider to be the heart of the Liberties, the Liberty Market, which dates back to 1973.

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The Green Grocers getting all set for Christmas!

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The Sacred Heart Statue at Gray Street and Reginald Street, which was originally built as a fountain.

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Not quite Santa’s Reindeer pulling the Sleigh, but close enough!

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The beautiful St. Catherine’s Church on Meath Street.

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This recently renovated iconic arch was originally built in 1861 as the entrance for Kellys Timber, but now it’s known as Chadwicks Arch. To the right is Tom Kennedys, a rather musical pub which is not only located right next to Vicar St, but also has live acts on each weekend. In fact, right before I snapped this photo a band came out laden with all their gear.

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The calm before the storm – The empty swings ten minutes before school’s out.

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The Liberty Belle, a pub I’m sure needs no introduction!

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When I saw these awesome murals along Francis Street I just had to pull over, very talented Graffiti artists have added a whole new feel to these otherwise derelict buildings.

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While I was walking back along Francis Street, this shop window in Yeats Country Antiques caught my eye. Criminal critters and Frosty the Snowman.

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Kilmainham Gaol, one of the area’s most notable historical landmarks.

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For those unfamiliar with the Liberties, I hope this gives you a feeling of this historic, tightly knit and colourful community on the run up to Christmas.

 

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