Chadwick’s entrance, Thomas St. Dublin

Quick post about the entrance to Chadwick’s builders providers on Thomas Street. The distinctive archway has been there since the late 19th century and would be known colloquially as Kelly’s timber yard. Before that it was the Dublin city saw mills. Joseph Kelly’s business was prosperous and he owned various plots of land in Dublin. One he sold to businessmen who had returned from America and after buying the land they built what is now “Washington Street” off the South Circular Rd. The premises covers a much older side of Dublin too as it was the site of an old Norman graveyard and it is believed that Ailred the Great/Ailred the Palmer is buried there. Ailred, of viking/ostman decent, built the first hospital of Dublin on the site of John’s Lane church after a visit to the Holy Land inspired him to build a priory and charitable institution. He brought back a palm frond from his trip so was then known as Ailred the Palmer! So next time you’re passing on Thomas St. think of all the hidden histories that are dotted about the hugely historic area.

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