Smithfield Square, Dublin

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Smithfield is an area on the Northside of Dublin. Its focal point is a public square, formerly an open market, now officially called Smithfield Plaza, but known locally as Smithfield Square or Smithfield Market.Notable landmarks include the Old Jameson Whiskey Distillery and the Observation Tower.Historically, Smithfield was a suburb of Oxmantown and lay within the civil parish of St. Paul's. There is no general agreement on the extent of the area known as Smithfield, but it roughly incorporates the area bounded by the River Liffey to the south, Bow Street to the east, Queen Street to the west, and North Brunswick street in the suburb of Grangegorman to the north.HistorySmithfield Market was laid out in the mid 17th century as a marketplace. Until its renovation in the early 21st Century, the square was lined with inner city 'farm yards' housing livestock. In 1964 Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor spent time here, as Burton worked on the film set in Smithfield for the film adaptation of John le Carré's novel The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. Smithfield featured as Checkpoint Charlie in the movie.Smithfield was rejuvenated under the HARP (Historic Area Rejuvenation Plan). An architectural competition was held and won by McGarry NiEanaigh Architects in 1997. The restoration involved lifting more than 400,000 one hundred and twenty-year-old cobblestones, cleaning them by hand and re-laying them.
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  • August 4, 2017
    Lots of bars and restaurants to visit in the surrounding area whatever you like to eat or drink. A nice part of Dublin/  more »
  • July 26, 2017
    Smithfield is a residential area, 10 minutes ' walk from Dublin City Centre, is a great place to stay, it is quiet, safe and in a few minutes you can reach all attractions. Here nothing is missing, there is a well stocked supermarket where you can eat from breakfast to dinner of 22.00. There are vegetables, main courses, bread and pastries, all self service. I slept at the home of one family and it was a great experience!
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  • June 5, 2017
    This is a hip neighborhood with nice shops and nice restaurants. You will also find the Jameson Distillery and the Generator Hostel. Ideal for a nice cafe to do, from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
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  • May 17, 2017
    Nice place - grab a coffee and kick back in the sun if you're lucky on a nice day. It hits the whole area perfectly.
  • March 5, 2017
    Great place that housed a traditional horse market once a month for years. The area has become very gentrified over the past few years with great bars, restaurants and arts organisations taking up residency. The square is home to several public events and festivals throughout the year.
  • July 3, 2017
    Superb festival space. Pride party was unbelievable
  • April 15, 2017
    Some nice shops, restaurants coffee shops and above all a church All nations church. Very nice warm people.
  • May 14, 2017
    It has made leaps and bounds when it comes to things to do. From the Jameson experience, to nice bars, good food and a quirky modern feel to the square itself.

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