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Kennan & Sons Ltd., Iron works, Fishamble Street, Dublin

From the wide open spaces of Ballinasloe Fair Green to one of the oldest parts of inner city Dublin today, where we find the premises of Kennan & Sons in Fishamble Street (so named as the are was once a fish market: Fish shambles).


With thanks to the contributors below, especially B-59, sharon.corbet, guliolopez, beachcomberaustralia, and dok1969, we learned a lot more about the Kennan engineering works site. Not least that the central archway was once the gateway to Neal's Music Hall - where JF Handel first showcased his famous Messiah in 1742:


 The Music Hall, Fishamble Street, was founded in

 1741 [..and in the..] following year, HANDEL performed

 there [...] It continued the most fashionable place of

 public entertainment until [...] it was in 1868 added

 to KENNAN & SONS' Works, and it now resounds again

 with the "Harmonious Blacksmith", differently composed


Photographer: Elinor Wiltshire


Date: 1967


NLI Ref: WIL 32[1]


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