Friday, January 29, 2010

Jonathan Swift Street

Jonathan Swift now has a street named after him in Trim. I hadn't heard of any official opening yet but the street sign has been erected. It's an unusual street, no houses, it leads to the new Office of Public Works headquarters which with three older buildings now dominates the skyline of the town.

Jonathan Swift street is parallel to the River Boyne, and passes by a children's playground, the old disused swimming pool, a car park, the pitch and putt club.

Swift's connection with Trim are well known and have been brought to the fore recently by the success of the Trim Swift Festival.

We did have a Wellington Street in Trim once in honour of the soldier/politician Duke of Wellington, who may have been born near Trim. This was renamed Emmet Street early in the last century. The duke still stand on his column in Trim though.

Charles Stewart Parnell had some connections with the town having been an MP for Meath at one stage. We don't have a Parnell Street though a housing estate built around 1970 is called Avondale after Parnell's home in Wicklow.

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