In June 2009 Lizzy O’Sullivan set out on a long journey to realise her dream of opening her own coffee shop.
The site of Noshington Cafe originally formed a portion of the lands belonging to the Priory of the Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem at Kilmainham, originally called Karnanclonegunethe. The area became synonymous with mills in the C17th owing to the influence of Sir Thomas Roper, Baron of Bantry and Viscount Baltinglass. Thomas Roper lived in “Roper’s Rest” which, according to the 1798 Map of Dublin, appears to encompass the site of Noshington and the surrounding streets.
Across the street is Griffith College, a site originally known as Grimswoods Nurseries. The first buildings on the site were those of a Remand Prison or Bridewell in 1813, becoming “The Richmond Pen” in 1835 and Wellington Barracks in 1893. The change from Wellington Barracks to Griffith Barracks occurred on 15th April 1922 when it was renamed after Arthur Griffith, President of Dáil Éireann from January to August 1922. The barracks leased land for the National Stadium in 1939. The last soldiers left the barracks in 1991 and the site became the new home to Griffith College in 1992. In 1998 Griffith Barracks National School was opened in the Guardhouse building and parade ground.
The nearby Donore Presbyterian Church was built in 1884 and, in 1983, was bought by the Islamic Foundation of Ireland and converted into the Dublin Mosque that stands today
The Dublin Tramways Company inaugurated the city’s first horse tram service in February 1872. In 1879, the Dublin Central Tramways opened a service to Rathfarnham via South Circular Road and, in 1896, the Dublin United Tramways Company opened an extension from Leonard’s Corner to Dolphin’s Barn. So 104 years ago horse drawn trams would have been passing the window of Noshington
Despite Ireland’s neutrality during World War 2, bombs were dropped on Dublin City in 1941 in the North Strand and also around the South Circular Road. The buildings most affected locally were Donore Terrace, the National Boxing Stadium; Donore Presbyterian Church; Wills’ Tobacco Factory; St. Catherine’s Rectory and the White Swan Laundry. Apparently aircraft had mistaken the Irish east coast for the west coast of Britain.
In later years Noshington has been a motor parts salesroom and, most recently, a photography studio. The pear tree in the back garden has been there for a long as the vicinity’s oldest resident (Jack) can remember
Noshington’s counter (and the banquette seating) is made from salvaged Teak – all rescued from a hotel in Wicklow prior to its demolition. The centrepiece is a haberdashery unit, originally from a Belfast department store, c. 1920.
Our Artwork: Currently Barry McCall
All the artwork you see on Noshington’s walls is carefully chosen as a selection from one particular artist at a time. We aim to rotate our artwork on a regular basis so feel free to ask us about exhibiting work. Please note that all the artwork is available to purchase directly from Noshington – please refer to the note under each piece.
Our Coffee: McCabe's Coffee
Used properly, coffee grounds can provide a valuable source of nutrition for your garden. The proper amount to be used depends on the condition of the soil and, more specifically, what you are growing in your garden. If you would like free coffee grounds, please let us know.