The Liberties is one of Dublin’s most historic neighbourhoods. Traditionally the area was associated with market traders, whiskey distilling and the textiles industry. In 1759 Arthur Guinness established his brewery at St. James’ Gate in the Liberties and today it is the largest stout brewery in the world producing 4.6 billion pints of Guinness annually. The revival of the Liberties began in 2015 and the unprecedented levels of investment is helping reposition Dublin 8 while giving local residents and workers better public realm and services.
Fumbally Lane dates back to the 1700’s, named after the French Huguenot family of the name Fombella, who leased land in the area. The buildings formed part of a distillery which was founded by a John Brisby in 1856 and whose initials, along with the year of construction are inscribed on the roof of Fumbally Studio. The Fumbally buildings, which form a historic link to the industrial and crafts heritage of the area, were redundant until they were restored in 2007 and 2008. The renovation of these buildings created functional office space with character and charm which together with the modern Fumbally Square, stands as the Fumbally development today. The area has been significantly revived in recent years.
Image Credit — Derelict Dublin Collection, Dublin City Library and Archive