I WALKED ALONG AUNGIER STREET TODAY
Aungier Street runs north-south as a continuation of South Great George’s Street.
Formerly this area was waste ground near the Dublin Carmelite Friary. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the monastery’s lands were granted to the Aungier family.
The street was named after the family of Francis Aungier, 1st Baron Aungier of Longford who developed the street. His name is French and is correctly pronounced [on.ʒje], but modern Dubliners pronounce the street name to rhyme with “danger.” When the street was opened in 1661, it was 70 feet (21 m) wide, the widest in the city.
Edward Lovett Pearce designed a theatre for the street, built 1733–34 and merged with the Smock Alley Theatre in 1743.
St. Peter’s Church (Church of Ireland) opened in 1685; it closed in 1950 and was demolished in 1983.
The poet Thomas Moore was born at 12 Aungier Street in 1779.
In 1829, Aungier Street was the site of the first meeting room of what would become the Plymouth Brethren.
The Irish republican Simon Donnelly was born on Aungier Street in 1891.
During the Irish War of Independence, it was suggested that Aungier Street (and several others) would be joined to form Cahirmore Road, named for the legendary king Cathair Mór.