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New book celebrates Moore Street of yesteryear

MOORE STREET was once a shopping mecca for housewives.

But over the years the face of Moore Street -- and Dublin City -- has changed for ever.

Now a new book commemorates the history of Moore Street, detailing the iconic market district from the early 19th century to the modern day.

Author Barry Kennerk's Moore Street -- The Story of Dublin's Market District, came about after Barry launched an appeal through the Herald to get in touch.

He soon received more than 40 emails from people who had lived or worked on Moore Street and over 100 old photographs of Dublin which have never been published before.


Irish businessman Bill Cullen and Oscar-winning songwriter Glen Hansard both traded on the street alongside their mothers, and both gave interviews about their experiences for the book.

Glen's mother Catherine Hansard was a cart trader and Glen used to help her selling fireworks at Halloween and Cheeky Charlies at Christmas.

Meanwhile, Bill Cullen's mother, Mary Darcy Cullen, was known as The Boss in her day.

Even today Moore Street has a Queen -- Mary Gorman -- whose motto is "Any day's a good day that you can put your two feet on the ground." But the Dublin historian worries she may be the last.

"The traders have their own association but they need to form some sort of management company who will ensure they are working together to keep the street alive.

"I'm a big supporter of the Save Moore Street campaign but while the bricks and mortar are important to protect, the traders are what makes Moore Street."

Actor and comedian PJ Gallagher, whose Naked Camera show did many of its best gags on Moore Street, paid homage to the market, describing it as "the last stand of the 'auld one'."

It was on Moore Street in the 1960's that Liveline presenter Joe Duffy first met Gay Byrne. Joe was only ten years old and Gaybo gave him an autograph as he left the old Radio Eireann building. In his foreword to the book Mr Duffy says: "From Molly Malone to the cheeky Charlie, not to mention the gurrier, the quare fella and the bowsie, Moore Street embraces all these wonderful characteristics and more."

The book is on sale now from Mercier Press and retails at €19.95.