The dragon of Moore Street

There be dragons..

Come Here To Me!

Did you know that there is a carved stone dragon perched on the top of a three-storey building on Dublin’s historic Moore Street?

As you can see a capstone (chimera or gargoyle) in the shape of a dragon is positioned at the top of no. 55 Moore Street. Local legend suggests that its wings were chipped away by sharp shooters of the 6th Sherwood Foresters at the Parnell-Moore St barricade during the Easter Rising.

Regarding the building itself, as far as I can work out, there was a butcher on this premises from at least the 1920s until the early 1990s.

The death of a James Canavan, listed as a butcher living at the address, in April 1924 was reported in most of the national newspapers.

In November 1905, the Irish Independent noted that a James Byrne of 55 Moore Street along with two other friends were fined £1 each…

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