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Belgrave Square

Elizabeth Smith's history of Belgrave Square was first delivered to the Rathmines, Rathgar & Ranelagh Historical Society in the Rathmines Town Hall on 25th February 2010. We reproduce it here with her kind permission. Elizabeth gave a Zoom talk on Belgrave Square in October 2020, which is available on YouTube



A Green Space for Young and Old

Elizabeth Smith
Certificate in Local History
Dublin City Public Libraries
In association with Department of History
NUI Maynooth
Dr Séamus O Maitiú


 Until the beginning of the 19th Century, Dublin was confined to the area between the canals but from the early 1800s onwards there was a rapid expansion of the city. More...

Part 1  The Beginnings of Belgrave Square

Until the 1830’s the area which is now Belgrave Square was a field with a river running through it from west to east. More...

Part 2:  Belgrave Square and High School

By the late 1890’s Belgrave Square had fallen into disrepair. More...

Part 3 - The Campaign to make Belgrave Square a Public Square.

Before any public announcement was made some residents suspected in 1973 that the Square was to be sold. More...