THE FIVE LAMPS - A WELL KNOWN LANDMARK

Street Photography By William Murphy

THE FIVE LAMPS


The Five Lamps is a much loved Dublin landmark, situated at the junction of five streets: Seville Place, Amiens Street, Portland Row, Killarney Street and North Strand Row. It is claimed that the lamps symbolise five great battles fought by the British in India in the colonial nineteenth century. The lamp post was originally erected as a monument to General Henry Hall, a Galwegian who served in the British Army in India.

Originally the structure incorporated a fountain but this has long since been removed.

The following line is featured in the song ‘Rat Trap’ by the Boomtown Rats: “The five lamp boys were coming on strong.”

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