So what think ye of this ?
Richard Brinsley Sheridan wasn't born here
The preservation of 12 Dorset Street, the birthplace of Richard Brinsley Sheridan and one of the great cause’s celebres of the conservation movement, was a costly farce. It can now be revealed that the great playwright was born somewhere else.
Sheridan's birthplace in the north inner-city was mentioned by the Taoiseach in his historic address at Westminster and threats to the preservation of this birthplace provoked furious protests by Senator David Norris, An Taisce and biographer Fintan O'Toole.
Even An Bord Pleanala got involved citing 12 Dorset Street's "historical importance" last month as they slapped down a developer who planned to demolish the listed building.
But now it can be revealed the hullabaloo over the preservation puts Sheridan's great comedy of manners School for Scandal in the ha'penny place.
Meticulous research carried out by leading historians based on Trinity College, seen by the SINDO proves conclusively the house was never owned by the Sheridan family and the playwright couldn't have been born at 12 Dorset Street.
And the historians discovered in further research that the great writer, duelist and Whig politician was almost certainly born in a nearby house demolished in 1885 by the Dominican Order to make way for St. Saviour's Convent. His real birthplace no longer exists.
For Malahide developer Shane Murphy, the stunning evidence may mean a huge payday. Mr Murphy's original plan to build a six-storey apartment complex on the site he bought last year can now be resurrected. But the findings also suggest that the relentless campaign by conservationists and the literati to save Sheridan's birthplace has been an absurd charade based on uncorroborated research.
Eneclann Ltd, the award winning Trinity College campus company, was commissioned by a private client five years ago to explore whether Sheridan was born at 12 Dorset Street, as claimed in recent biographies by Fintan O'Toole in 1999 and Linda Kelly two years earlier.
The 18 page report by Eneclann found the false assumption about Sheridan's birthplace came about because of different numbering systems for the street dating back more than 150 years ago. Sheridan was born in 1751 and the historians found that numbers were not assigned to Dorset Street Upper until the 1770's 20 years after Sheridan's birth.
Crucially, from the 1770s to 1848 there were some changes in the numbering system. After 1848, the numbers were permanently fixed as they are today.
The research found the house recorded as No. 12 (Sheridan's birthplace) in the first half of the 19th century would not correspond to the same house today. Researchers found an early deed for the house currently known as no. 12 Dorset Street Upper dated 1783 and records a lease on the property between Joseph Ellis & John Smithy. At this time, the property was recorded as No. 10 Dorset Street.
What they did discover was that Thomas Sheridan, Richard's father, held a lease on an adjoining property what is no 12 Dorset Street. They are convinced that the actual Sheridan house was one of those purchased by the Dominican Order around August 1883, which were subsequently demolished to build St. Saviour's Priory...
If this is true, (you wouldn't know given the level of drivel that the Sunday Indo publish as a matter of course), it makes the case for retention / restoration of No. 12 less compelling - but only given the reality of its decrepit state at the hands of consecutive owners & ultimately DCC inaction.
However, regardless of what stands there now & the controversy that goes with it, it doesn't take away from the fact that what was proposed for this site was and still is utter, out of scale, cheap crap - well in line with its recently constructed sisters up the street.
Whatever happens, Mr. Murphy's proposal is not appropriate for this site. In the wake of a belated ABP refusal on grounds of aesthetics/design at the Hickey's site, let’s see them stick their collective heads above the parapet once again & save Dorset Street from yet another profit driven affliction.