"the bun was gorgeous but as dry as a badger..."
The red brick Iveagh buildings are the foundation on which this community is built. If their walls could talk, they would tell the stories of generations of Dubliners who have spent time here; from learning how to swim in the Iveagh Baths to playing in the Iveagh Play Centre. The area continues to be home to a diverse and vibrant community.
The Iveagh Trust’s Bull Alley Estate was commissioned by the Earl of Iveagh, Sir Edward Cecil Guinness, to replace the slums of the area around Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. Completed in 1905, it was the largest piece of urban renewal in Edwardian Dublin and is among the finest examples of Art Nouveau architecture in Ireland. Its housing blocks are 5 storeys high and the ground floor comprises of small shop units which are still in use today.
Trust is a non-political, non-denominational, social and health service for homeless people which was set up by Alice Leahy (affectionately known as Nurse Alice by the locals) in 1975.
The charity is located in a basement beside the Iveagh Hostel in the Bull Alley Estate, and is open from 9 to 12pm from Monday to Friday, where any one morning can see up to 50 men and women call. Trust provides washing and medical facilities and gives out over 500 outfits of clothing per month.