O'Connell Street is Dublin's main thoroughfare. Known as 'Sackville Street' until 1924, it was renamed in honour of Daniel O'Connell, a nationalist leader of the early nineteenth century whose statue stands at the lower end of the street, facing O'Connell Bridge.
While O'Connell Street is ultimately just a typical city street, its sheer domination of the city centre north of the Liffey River makes it essential sight-seeing in every sense. Walking southwards from Parnell Square to O'Connell Bridge you will see:
- The Parnell Monument showing the leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party.
- The Carlton Cinema with its painted fake windows.
- The "Spire", the world's tallest sculpture.
- The GPO, scene of the 1916 Rising.
- Clery's Department Store.
- The statue of Jim Larkin.
- The massive Daniel O'Connell Monument, still displaying bullet holes from the Easter Rising!
O’Connell Bridge is the only bridge in Europe that is wider than it is long.