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DID ENYA VISIT KINGS INNS TODAY [17 SEPTEMBER 2015]
I live off Henrietta Street which is much favoured by TV station and Film production companies because it has not changed much since the 1720s when it was first laid out and developed by Luke Gardiner. At that time it was a very wide street relative to streets in other 18th-century cities. It includes a number of very large red-brick city palaces of Georgian design.

When I arrived home today I noticed a large number of buses and also unusual lighting at the Kings Inns end of the street. The word ‘Enya’ was projected onto a wall in the inner court.

Henrietta Street is the earliest Georgian Street in Dublin. Construction on the street started in the mid-1720s, on land bought by the Gardiner family in 1721. Construction was still taking place in the 1750s. Gardiner had a mansion, designed by Richard Cassels, built for his own use around 1730.

The street was popularly referred to as Primate's Hill, as one of the houses was owned by the Archbishop of Armagh, although this house, along with two others, was demolished to make way for the Law Library of King's Inns.

The street fell into disrepair during the 19th and 20th centuries, with the houses being used as tenements,but has been the subject of restoration efforts in recent years.

There are currently 13 houses on the street. The street is a cul-de-sac, with the Law Library of King's Inns facing onto its western end.



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