The word on the street


Sir, – I always think that the success of a good newspaper article is the extent to which it makes you want to find out more about the subject. Hugh Oram’s “An Irishman’s Diary” about Capel Street (April 3rd) is a case in point. In this instance I was left wondering who was the “Capel” after whom the street was named. It was news to me but not, perhaps, to Dubliners that the street was named after Arthur Capel, Earl of Essex, who was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland from 1672 to 1677. The Capel family (now spelt Capell) retain the Earldom of Essex today and I was pleased to find out that in line for the title, in due course, is a Capell named Kevin. – Yours, etc,



Co Donegal.