DERELICT - THE MOY PUB
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Many years ago a local historian, who organised a walking tour of the area, told us that Richard Beesly Sheridan was born at No.12 Dorset Street next door to the Moy Pub. Later I decided to carry out some research and was surprised by the complicated story that I discovered.
According to Wikipedia: “Playwright, Westminster Parliament member, and son of Thomas, Richard Brinsley Sheridan was born on this street at number 12 in 1751; Brinsley Sheridan's works include The Critics and A School for Scandal”.
In 2002 Eneclann Ltd was commissioned to determine if Sheridan was actually born at 12 Dorset Street, as claimed in recent biographies by Fintan O’Toole in 1999 and by Linda Kelly 1n 2097.
The report found that a false assumption about Sheridan's birthplace actual physical came about because of different numbering systems for the street dating back more than 150 years ago. Sheridan was born in 1751 and research historians found that house numbers were not assigned to addresses on Upper Dorset Street until the 1770s, teenty years after Sheridan's birth.
During the period 1770 to 1848 there were some changes in the numbering system. After 1848, the numbers were permanently fixed as they are today. The research found the house recorded as No 12 (Sheridan's birthplace) in the first half of the 19th century could not correspond to the same house today.
Researchers found an early deed for the house currently known as no 12 Dorset Street Upper dated 1783 and records a lease on the property between Joseph Ellis and John Smithy. At this time, the property was recorded as No 10 Dorset Street.
What they did discover was that Thomas Sheridan, Richard's father, held a lease on an adjoining property to what is now 12 Dorset Street.
They are convinced that the actual Sheridan house was one of those purchased by the Dominican Order around August 1883, which were subsequently demolished to build St Saviour's Priory.