SITRIC ROAD [THE ARBOUR HILL – STONEBATTER AREA OF DUBLIN]
Back in the late 1960s many of my friends decided to purchase homes in or near Arbour Hill in Dublin but as I worked for a US Multi-National I was out of the country for about two hundred days every year i was not really practical for me to buy property in Ireland. In 1979 I tried to purchase a house in Arbour Hill and i actually gave the agent a deposit of £10,000 but two days after it was discovered that he had collected about twenty deposits for the same property. Fortunately for me he failed to cash my cheque before he disappeared however as as result I decided to forget about buying a house in Dublin and I did not return to the market until 1995.
Arbour Hill is an inner city area of Dublin, on the Northside of the River Liffey, in the Dublin 7 postal district. Arbour Hill, the road of the same name, runs west from Blackhall Place in Stoneybatter, and separates Collins Barracks, now part of the National Museum of Ireland, to the south from Arbour Hill Prison to the north, whose graveyard includes the burial plot of the signatories of the Easter Proclamation that began the 1916 Rising.
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, Thor Place, Sitric Road, Norseman Place, Ard Ri Road, Malachi Road, Ostman Place, Ivar Street, Sigurd Road and Harold Road. At the time of the Norman invasion, the Vikings, Ostmen or Austmenn (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.