Abbey Street Dublin

Divided into three parts, Upper, Middle and Lower Abbey Street, this is one of the main thoroughfares of the city, being an important street in 1756 when Rocque’s map called it Great Abbey Street and Little Abbey Street. The street derives its name from the medieval St Mary’s Abbey, founded in 1139 and which was affiliated to the monastery of Savigny before it came under the Cistercian order in 1147. A lot of Lower and Middle Abbey Street was reconstructed after the Easter Rising of 1916 when many buildings were lost to fire or to bombardment.