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Leeson Street, Dublin

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Leeson Street is a thoroughfare near central Dublin, Ireland. The street is divided into two parts by the Grand Canal: Lower Leeson Street, in Dublin 2 is to the north of the canal, linking to St Stephen's Green, with Upper Leeson Street, in the Dublin 4 region, south of the canal. Originally known as Suesey Street, it was renamed in 1728 after the Leesons, a family of local brewers, who branched into property development and subsequently became Earls of Milltown. In 1767 a Magdalen Asylum was established by Lady Arabella Denny in the street for Protestant women.The street is home to several prominent buildings including the main office of the Ombudsman and the embassies of Portugal, Malta, and Cyprus. The largest building on Lower Leeson Street, along with several adjoining buildings and significant land holdings in the area, is owned by the Catholic University School.In 1990, Caravaggio's lost masterpiece, The Taking of Christ, was recognised in the residence of the Jesuit Communication Centre on Lower Leeson Street. Broadcaster Gerry Ryan lived and died on this street.
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  • Drunks at night falling out of basement "night clubs". Traffic filled drab depressing street during the day. I know of no reason why anyone would want to visit it. Do yourself a favor - Go down to the...  more »
  • It has some old Georgian houses, but they are not as preserved as the ones around Merrion Square and Fitzwilliam Square. There are a number of nighclubs on the street, so it should be avoided late at ...  more »
  • Where everyone knew our names. Local drinking establishment with kind bartenders and patrons. We made friends and had a great time; not used to tourists but welcomed us like home.  more »