"bang in the middle of Monto"

Monto was the name given to a once notorious red light district in Dublin, it was made up of the area bounded by Talbot Street, Amiens Street, Gardiner Street and Sean McDermott Street. The name is derived from Montgomery Street (known now as Foley Street), which runs parallel to the lower end of Talbot Street. At its peak there were up to 1,600 prostitutes working there, making it (reputedly) the largest red light district in Europe.

Monto was also a haven for the IRA, particularly during the War of Independence, with several safe houses for the Republican rebels, including Phil Shanahan's public house.

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