The Liberties

Maurice Curtis
116 pp
ISBN 9781782188285

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Dublin is full of historic neighbourhoods, but none is more culturally and historically significant than The Liberties. In this book, author Maurice Curtis leads us on a tour of the Dublin 8 postal district located at the heart of city centre, pointing out the places and people that have contributed to the neighbourhood’s lasting legacy.

The Liberties has some of the oldest streets in Dublin, dating back to the Middle Ages. It has seen both booming prosperity and the devastating poverty of tenement life, witnessed the 1913 Lockout and the 1916 Rising, and has changed over time due to industry, immigration and modernisation. Packed full of historical photographs that are brimming with life and character, the commentary accompanying these pictures provides an insightful glimpse into what lies behind the stone walls of Dublin’s oldest shop fronts and cathedrals, from one of Ireland’s most avid social historians.

If you have ever wondered what stores lie in the stone walls of Dublin’s oldest storefronts and cathedrals, this is the book for you.

About the Author

Dr Maurice Curtis is a graduate of the National University of Ireland and UCD and is currently based in Dublin. He is a historian, writer and reviewer with a particular interest in Irish social history, including ideology, identity and change. He has written books on the neighbourhoods of Ranelagh, Temple Bar, Glasnevin, Rathgar, Monto, Portobello, Rathfarnham and Rathmines.

Additional Information

Reviewed in The Irish Catholic (2018)

Dublin’s streets, broad and narrow

Reviewed in (2018)

The Liberties – Maurice Curtis’ new book about his roots

Reviewed in The Times UK (2018)

Tales of the Liberties, at heart of Dublin’s past

Reviewed in Books Ireland Magazine (2019)

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