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This book considers that old adage, "If these wall could only talk" and begins with the premise that Thirty Nine Dawson Street, a Georgian Period building in Dublin, Ireland can indeed talk.  So the building tells the story of its existence over nearly 300 years, its 'autobiography'.  Each chapter addresses a resident or residents from its beginnings as a home for English gentry to its current use as Cafe en Seine, one of the primier public houses in Ireland.  The story contains historically accurate detail mixed with "artistic license" and provides readers with an interesting perspective on the historic development of Dublin naturally combined with a liberal dose of humor.  After all, as Thirty Nine says, "buildings are the only true witness to history because they don't die after seventy or eighty years.  Along the way, the building is visited by nearly every important personage who found their way into Dublin from kings and queens, to writers, politicians and rock stars, with a ghostly apparition as well.  This is the second edition of a book originally published in 2003 and it updates the building's development since that publication.

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