SIDE ENTRANCE ON GRANBY ROW [OLD IRISH SCHOOL BUILDING]
I always had difficulty remembering the name of this street until I discovered that the well known Granby Sausage Company is located nearby. I mentioned Granby Row as it is difficult to decide if this door is on Granby Row or on Parnell Square North as it is a side entrance to the, now derelict, Colaiste Mhuire all-Irish speaking school which is on Parnell Square.
The school was established in Harcourt Street, Dublin 1931 by the Irish Christian Brothers. It moved to Parnell Square, Dublin two years later expanding to other buildings on the north western corner of the Square.
Early in 2003 the gaelscoil was threatened with closure because of the poor condition of its premises but was given permission by the Dublin Institute of Technology to share its premises at Mountjoy Square until other accommodation became available. At the time it was expected the Department Of Education would partly finance planned renovation of the Parnell Square buildings but as you can see from my photographs that never happened.
The building in Question was to be restored in 2020. It is not surprising that nothing has happened to date because of the recent lockdowns and the suspension of construction activities but, unfortunately, I suspect that funding my no longer be available.http://www.dublincityarchitects.ie/28-27-parnell-square-protected-structures-grant-assisted-facade-repair-works/
To the best of my knowledge the school is now located in Cabra.
Granby Row itself has seen better days. There was the Waxie Dargle, a well known pub, which has disappeared but the building has been rennovated. The old Wax Museum, located at the corner, closed in 2005 and the site was redeveloped as the Maldron Hotel Parnell Square. In 2009 The museum was re-established at Fosters Place and more recently relocated to the Lafayette Building Westmoreland Street.
At the turn of the century the Granby Laundry operated on Granby Lane, under the direction of Catherine O’Neill. By the 1960s Granby Row was the home of the Plaza Cinema. In 1962 the Kingsway Ballroom was located in Granby Lane, while Freedman, a Rabbit Skin Merchant, operated from Granby Place. The Granby Bar was listed as being a pub in various forms – Wine and spirit Merchant, Vintners etc. - from the 1850s until 2002.