Filed under:Research Sources — posted by Hugh Denard on January 27, 2011 @ 7:41 pm

Just over a week ago, I blogged about the stones of the Old Abbey Theatre lying, unloved, in the Dalkey garden of the late Daithi P. Hanly. Next Tuesday, I will actually get to travel out to Dalkey to see and photograph the stones, canopy, railings, windows and the rest; should be quite an experience!


  1. Amazing that the stones are still there and you can go see them. It makes the idea of the Old Abbey so much more real, doesn’t it? Why haven’t they been used as perhaps a facade, as you say, for the New Abbey? I saw quite a lot of new buildings in Belgium with the old facade, preserved, standing a few inches in front of the new one (windows, door in same position, of course). It seemed to me like a great idea – atmospheric. Re the marked stones – much like what Shakespeare and Co. did, marking up the timbers of The Theatre, which they put up a bit later on the other side of the river as the original Globe. Seems that actors know how important the building is!

    Comment by Ildi — January 28, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

  2. I know, it’s an astonishing story. Check out the full history, including Hanly’s attempts to have the facade reconstructed, at:

    Comment by Hugh Denard — January 28, 2011 @ 6:34 pm

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image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace