History Behind 19 South Anne Street
19 SOUTH ANNE STREET, DUBLIN 2 IS NOW HOME TO DEIRDRE O’DONNELL CONTEMPORARY JEWELLERY BUT THE BUILDING ITSELF IS STEEPED IN HISTORY DATING BACK TO 1845 AND EVEN GETTING A MENTION IN JAMES JOYCE ULYSSES
South Anne Street in the 1960s
History timeline of 19 South Anne St occupants:
1845 John Lund, Vintner
1855 Michael Redmond, Vintner
1860-1877 York Hotel
1878 John Rogers, Vintner
1881 Edward Neary, Merchant Tailor/Michael Cullinan, Bootmaker
1884 Edward Neary, Merchant Tailor/John Murray, Bootmaker
1885 Edward Neary, Merchant Tailor/ * Charles Moulang, Jeweller
1886 Edward Neary, Merchant Tailor/ * Charles Moulang, Jeweller/ M.E. Moulang, Dressmaker
1888-1889 Charles Moulang, Jeweller
Today, the ‘Irish Moulang’ Family, who lived in Dublin, no longer exist, originally named MOULIN. By 1765 members of the Irish Moulin family were known as ‘MOULANG’. From the start of the 19th century the silversmith craft of ‘watchcase makers’ (Goldsmith Company, Dublin Ire.) was passed from generation to generation in the MOULANG Family. From the small beginnings in 1710 the ‘Irish Moulangs’ thrive in Dublin for the next 200 or so years, living and working in the old city centre – mostly in the streets adjoining the banks of the river Liffey and later in the Temple Bar precinct, Dublin. We also know, thanks to James Joyce’s epic ‘Ulysses’, that by 1904 the family business has a more ‘retail’ focus run by Daniel Moulang (Jeweller and pipe importer); Joyce’s character Bloom is walking along Wellington Quay (south bank of the River Liffey) and he notes ‘Moulangs Pipes’.
1891 Robert Morrison, Bootmaker
1892-1922 Nicholas Mulvey, Bootmaker
1923 Ellen Kelly, Newsagent
1929 M. Deegan, Newsagent
2017 Deirdre O’Donnell Contemporary Jewellery
It is a fitting location for a creative jewellery studio to set up shop where the former Moulang family of jewellers once operated from from 1885 to 1888. The integrity of the building is fully maintained and the Deegan family even lived above the newsagent shop from 1929.
There is a full team of Irish goldsmiths behind the facade of Deirdre O’Donnell‘s studio. Deirdre herself has been a member of the Irish Design Council for 35 years. They ship all items to America and will hand make any piece of bespoke jewellery at your request. The level of quality is superior and in many pieces you even find a rare transparent enamel. All the enamel is made in house by the team in a kiln.
If you have any metals you would like remodeled into a new piece of jewellery, Deirdre and her team will help you with the design process all the way, turning something old into something new.