12 thoughts on “Meanwhile, In Phoenix Park

  1. Mr. Camomile T

    Ban through-traffic from the Phoenix Park. It’s supposed to be a public amenity, not a bleedin’ rat run.

  2. Robert

    For anybody wondering how the Phoenix Park is “Dublin 8”, rather than odd-numbered like all the other nortside codes (City Centre being “Dublin 1” and Castleknock being “Dublin 15”), it’s apparently an anomaly in the system, whereby Chapelizod and the park are considered to be Dublin 8! So says Wikipedia though she doesn’t say why ….

    1. Mysterybeat

      it’s to do with the telephone system. Local exchanges had starting telephone numbers eg 1, 2, 3, etc. Park was Kilmainham (I think) so became D8.

      1. Brother Barnabas

        *raises cynical eyebrow at mysterybeat*

        never heard that one. usual misconception is that it’s down to snobbery (that whoever made the call reckoned Áras an Uachtaráin should have a posh/southside/even postcode). that’s definitely not true, though,

        nothing to do with snobbery, all to do with practicality; because of the volume of post going in and out of Áras an Uachtaráin, it had its own hourly service between it and the nearest sorting office, which was james’s street (despite it being on the southside, with the nearest northside one being phibsboro). when post codes were introduced, Áras an Uachtaráin – and hence the rest of the park – was assigned Dublin 8 (even though it technically should have been Dublin 7) to ensure that any post addressed to it would go to james’s street sorting office, rather than phibsboro, so as not to disrupt or delay delivery.

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