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A ghost sign is a term for old hand painted advertising or signage that has been preserved on a building for an extended period of time, whether by actively keeping it or choosing not to destroy it.

Here are a few of my favourites from a recent Boards.ie thread.

The old Lennox Chemicals HQ on Leinster Street South.

“Lennox Chemicals was founded in 1923. The company came to bear the name of Robert Lennox who served as Managing Director from 1923 until this death in 1936. Originally located at Great Strand Street, Lennox moved to South Leinster Street in 1937 and on to John F. Kennedy Estate just off the Naas Road in 1983”

Photo Credit - 'Wishbone Ash'

An old sign for Switzers Department Store (1834 – 1993) above the Brown Thomas Wicklow Street entrance.

Photo Credit - "Wishbone Ash"

The old Sick and Indigent Roomkeepers Society building on Palace Street, around the corner from Dublin Castle. Apparently it is Dublin’s shortest street with only two addresses.

Photo Credit - "Wishbone Ash"

Along the bottom of this building on the corner of Upper Camden Street and Harrington Street you can see the old sign for Kelly’s Cigar Bounder – Tobacco Blender. Though the shop has well since closed, the area is still commonly known as Kelly’s Corner. The building was raided and destroyed (using hand grenades) by Captain J.C. Bowen-Colthurst of the British Army during the Easter Rising in 1916.

Photo Credit - "Wishbone Ash"

The old sign for The Shakespeare above the Korean restaurant and pub The Hop House where the CHTM team frequent most weekends. My dad used to drink here when he went to Colaiste Mhuire in Parnell Square around the corner.

Photo Credit - "Jay Carax"

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