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La Touche bridge in Portobello

While Frank McNally could be forgiven for including Portobello in his description of Dublin place names inspired by Italian culture and geography, the history behind this particular nomenclature is altogether more obscure and indeed interesting.

This area of Dublin’s southside was named following the victory of the British navy and its capture of the town of Portobelo from Spain in 1739 on the Caribbean coast of Panama.

The extent of British elation at this victory resulted in the ascription of this name to locations in both London, Edinburgh and Dublin.

However, in so doing, the spelling was changed in a manner that makes it appear deceptively Italian in origin.

There remains nevertheless at least some association with Italy in that it is believed that Christopher Columbus was the first European to arrive at the site of Portobelo in Panama.

Christopher McMahon,
Dublin 15.

Bella Irlanda – An Irishman’s Diary about Dublin’s Vico Road (Irish Times letters page)

Pic: Culture Trip


[From top: The Save The Streets of Portobello campaign members; Gold medalist special Olympian Sarah Carroll and Pauline Atkinson and Kevin Humphreys]

A protest by members of the ‘Save The Streets Of Portobello’ campaign outside Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin yesterday afternoon. An Bord Pleanala have granted The Irish Jewish Museum permission to demolish the existing museum and 3 adjoing houses located on Walworth Road and Kingsland Parade and to build a new museum in their place.

A petition comprising 188 signatures was received by Kevin Humphreys, Labour TD for the area.


Previously: Welcoming The Irish Jewish Museum Expansion

(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)