IN THE HEART OF THE HIBERNIAN METROPOLIS
Before Nelson’s pillar trams slowed, shunted, changed trolley, started for Blackrock, Kingstown and Dalkey, Clonskea, Rathgar and Terenure, Palmerston Park and upper Rathmines, Sandymount Green, Rathmines, Ringsend and Sandymount Tower, Harold’s Cross. The hoarse Dublin United Tramway Company’s timekeeper bawled them off:
—Rathgar and Terenure!
—Come on, Sandymount Green!
Right and left parallel clanging ringing a doubledecker and a singledeck moved from their railheads, swerved to the down line, glided parallel.
—Start, Palmerston Park!
Nelson’s Pillar was a large granite column set up to commemorate Admiral Lord Nelson Britain’s most beloved sea captain an hero of the Napolianic Naval war. It sat in the center of what was then Sackville Street, but later renamed O’Connell Street as it is named today. The pillar was destoryed by the republican army in 1966 and was not replaced until 2003 by the Spire of Dublin. ( wiki )