Selected Images • The Story Of Temple Bar

Photography is my obsession and when traveling the world often images just present themselves. Most are random impressions with little context but some seem to suggest at a self contained story. Still others leave me wanting to find out more about what I stumbled upon. Here’s a glimpse of just why we travel…

When most people hear Temple Bar they think of a famous pub in Dublin. It is actually a neighborhood on the south bank of the River Liffey in central Dublin, Ireland. The area is bounded by the Liffey to the north, Dame Street to the south, Westmoreland Street to the east and Fishamble Street to the west. So Temple Bar is a place where the Temple Bar Pub is located.

Though the area was originally settled by the Vikings, it was in the 17th-century that the Temple Bar area began to experience some growth. First Sir William Temple, whose house and gardens were located there in the early 1600s is where the area derived its first name. In the late 16th-century the area was mostly marshy land where sand bars built up along the River Liffey. Soon that area of new reclaimed land began to be claimed by various wealthy English families included Sir William Temple and was called simply the Bar. The first mention of the name ‘Temple Bar’ is in Bernard de Gomme’s Map of Dublin from 1673, which shows the reclaimed land and new buildings. So much of the area was owned by Temple and was originally a sand bar.

If you’re ever visiting Dublin, stop by the Temple Bar for a Guinness, a corned beef sandwich and some live music…,

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