1873 – Doyle’s Pub, Phibsborough, Dublin

Architect: Architect: John Sterling Butler



Built for Thomas Dunphy, and a great example of a Victorian commercial premises, incorporating grocery and public house, a type which sprung up in Ireland during the late nineteenth century. A brick building with a granite facade at street level. Described in The Irish Times in 1890 as “This fine concern, which is of a higly ornate character, was newly built in 1873 (at a cost of £5,000) of the best materials, within and without, by Mr James Donnelly, Builder, Upper Temple street, by Mr J.S. Butler, the then City Architect, and nothing was omitted which thoughtful experience could suggest.”

Mentioned by James Joyce in Ulysses: “Dunphy’s corner. Mourning coaches drawn up drowning their grief. A pause by the wayside. Tiptop position for a pub. Expect we’ll pull up here on the way back to drink his health. Pass around the consolation. Elixir of life.”

After the building was bought by John Doyle, the corner eventually became known as Doyles Corner.

Published January 27, 2022 | Last Updated June 26, 2024