Driving down Grafton Street, Dublin in 1976

Once upon a time you could drive down Dublin’s Grafton Street, but that was before they pedestrianised it in the mid 1980’s.
Today you will only see Garda cars and security cash vans driving on Grafton Street and early weekday mornings you’ll see delivery vans and waste collection vehicles.

Here is a nice piece short film of doing just that – Driving down Grafton Street (in a Mini Moke on September 4, 1976) and around Dublin City Centre.

Thanks to Max McQuillan’s sons for sharing this on YouTube, who’s father captured this footage. The route begins at the top of Grafton Street, goes down Suffolk Street and College Green (in front of the under-construction Central Bank), then down Westmoreland Street, over O’Connell Bridge and down O’Connell Street.



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About Grafton Street

Grafton Street was named after Henry FitzRoy, The 1st Duke of Grafton, he was the illegitimate son of Charles II of England who owned land in the area and was developed from a country lane by the Dawson family in 1708, after whom the parallel Dawson Street is named.

Grafton Street runs from the top of St. Stephen's Green to (Trinity) College Green.