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River Tolka

The River Tolka (Irish: An Tulcha) is a river which flows through Dublin, Ireland.
It rises near Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath, passing Dunboyne, Mulhuddart, Blanchardstown, Finglas, then through the north Dublin district of Drumcondra (beside Tolka Park), Glasnevin, Ballybough and Fairview, before entering Dublin Bay at East Wall.
The Tolka is, with the River Liffey and the River Dodder [...]

History of Mud Island, by Weston St. John Joyce

Westward of the North Strand, between Nottingham Street and Newcomen Bridge, and extending as far as Ballybough Road, was a locality of evil repute in former times, known as Mud Island, inhabited by a gang of smugglers, highwaymen, and desperadoes of every description, and ruled by a hereditary robber chief rejoicing in the title of [...]


Ballybough is a district of north Dublin, Ireland situated northeast of Summerhill, between the Royal Canal and the River Tolka. Adjacent areas are North Strand, Fairview and Drumcondra / Clonliffe. The name derives from the Irish baile “town” and bocht “poor”. The area was synomymous with being a leper colony in the 18th Century when it [...]



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