Public inconvenience: Unused toilet in Dublin 4 demolished

Facility at junction of Anglesea Road and Merrion Road one of 70 once operated in Dublin

The public toilets at the junction of Anglesea Road and Merrion Road, across the road from the RDS, being demolished. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

The public toilets at the junction of Anglesea Road and Merrion Road, across the road from the RDS, being demolished. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Wed, Aug 13, 2014, 13:52

A little piece of Dublin history has come to an end with the demolition of a landmark public convenience otherwise known as a public toilet.

The facility at the junction of Anglesea Road and Merrion Road, across the road from the RDS, is one of 70 public toilets that once operated in Dublin.

Attempts to put it up for sale last year proved to be unsuccessful despite Dublin’s nascent property boom and its prime location in the heart of Dublin 4, so it has now been put up for demolition.

The city had such public conveniences when many homes either had only an outside toilet or none at all.

Old and obsolete toilets can also be found in areas stretching from Harolds Cross to Howth including areas like Mountjoy Square, Glasnevin, Sandymount, Terenure, Dolphin’s Barn and Infirmary Road.