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4 Harcourt Street.

Only a few doors down from Conradh na Gaeilge, on the godforsaken street that plays home to Copper Face Jacks, there is a small plaque one could easily overlook. It commemorates Edward Carson, the father of Irish loyalism, a barrister commemorated on the walls of unionist estates in the north as the founder of the Ulster Volunteer Force, and a complex Dubliner to say the least.

Of course, we should not forget Carson himself was a keen Gaeilgoir. When coupled with his ability as a hurler, praised in the Irish Sportsman journal of his time, it is apparent Carson represents a great diversity of Irishness.

It’s a great irony that only two doors up from the father of Irish unionisms historic home is 6 Harcourt Street, famous for being the office of Sinn Féin in the time of Griffith, and indeed the location of the offices of The Irish Bulletin paper, produced by the Department of Propaganda during the Irish War of Independence.


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