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Stoneybatter is a suburb of Dublin, Ireland, situated on the Northside of the city between the River Liffey, the North Circular Road, and Smithfield Market. It is located in the Dublin 7 postal district.
There was an ancient royal highway passing through the area. It ran from the Hill of Tara to Glendalough. It was paved with stones, much like Roman roads had been. So the Irish for it was Bothar na Gloch or Stoney Road. From this we got Stoney Bothar which was later to become Stoneybatter.
The Irish folk song "The Spanish Lady" mentions Stoney Batter in the 5th verse.
Apart from the striking artisan dwellings, the area is also known for the prominent Viking street names. For example, there is Viking Road, Olaf Road, Sitric Road, Norseman Place, Ard Ri Road, Malachi Road, Ostman Place, Sigurd Road and Harold Road. In the twelfth century when Viking Dublin was well established. At the time of the Norman invasion, the Vikings or Ostmen (men of the East), as they called themselves were exiled to the north of the Liffey where they founded the hamlet of Ostmenstown later to become Oxmantown.