Grafton Street (Sráid Grafton in Irish) is one of the most popular streets in Dublin. Very commercial, the street is mainly pedestrian, and particularly touristic, with its famous statue of Phil Lynott, and the Provost’s House.
The name Grafton Street comes from the name of the owner of the land: the Duke of Grafton, a wealthy Dubliner with many plots of land in the area.
Very quickly, the undeniable commercial interest of the street allowed it to develop according to the ambitions of the merchants. Large jewellers then settled there, as well as cafés, pubs, and restaurants. Among the best known shops, Bewley’s Oriental Café, opened in 1927, has survived to the present day (it closed in 2007, but was reopened immediately, then went bankrupt in 2020 due to the COVID-19 epidemic and imposed confinement).
For lovers of big brands, you should know that Louis Vuitton, or Calvin Klein are on the street! And for food lovers on the go, know that the street is crawling with fast food!
Generally speaking, Grafton Street is a springboard for musicians, who test their songs with the public. There are also mimes, clowns, and other artists full of ambition!
Grafton Street connects College Green Square in the north to St Stephen’s Green Park in the south. Very busy on any day of the week, it is the favourite terrain for street singers, who give their all! Many artists now known, such as Damien Rice or Rodrigo y Gabriela, made their first musical steps in this street. First steps crowned with success, as passers-by are always on the lookout for new talent!
The area is so popular with musicians that near Grafton Street there is a statue of Phil Lynott, the Irish singer and bassist of the band Thin Lizzy, who died in 1986.
Erected on August 19, 2005 on Harry Street, this bronze monument alone symbolizes all the Irish musical talent, and is the pride of the Dubliners! To find it, go to the Pub “Brussels”: impossible to miss, it is in front of the terrace of the Pub!