Birthday party treat in store as Arnotts hits 175

Surviving the Great Famine, the Easter Rising and every recession thrown our way, Arnotts is about to celebrate its 175th birthday.

Established in 1843 by two young shopkeepers, John Cannock and Andrew White, the Dublin store is still going strong.

To celebrate its milestone anniversary tomorrow, Arnotts is holding a series of activities throughout the month - writes

These include a Victorian-inspired Afternoon Tea experience in the 1843 Tea Rooms, limited-edition commemorative products from a pop-up 1843 store and an exhibition in the Arnotts 175 Museum.

Ryan Tubridy will broadcast his RTE morning show live from the Henry Street entrance from 9am to 10am, followed by live performan- ces, magic shows and a pop-up wine bar.

"We're delighted to celebrate this historic moment in time," said Arnotts managing director Donald McDonald.

"We hope that our exhibition will awaken memories for our customers, be it visits to Santa Claus at Arnotts or cheering the Dublin team in the Arnotts jersey."

With famine raging across the country, the early years were tough for Cannock and White.

In 1845 two bankers, Andrew Reid and his son Patrick, lent the company £6,000, allowing the next-door building to be added.


Three years later White had died, but another entrepreneur came along - John Arnott. He invested £6,000 in the store and its success was assured.

The future of Arnotts was in doubt in 1894 when a fire broke out, destroying the entire store.

However, the following year, plans were drawn up to rebuild.

The building also had a lucky escape during the Rising, being located just far enough down Henry Street not to be shelled or seriously damaged by fire.

Legend has it that Padraig Pearse stopped in Arnotts to settle his bill before walking to the GPO.

Read more news of Dublin on our site.
Birthdayparty Arnottshits
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
3 views in october
I recommend
No recommendations yet


Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

Two men and two women have been charged with impeding the investigation into the murder of Patricia O’Connor, whose dismembered remains were found in the Dublin-Wicklow Mountains last year. Augustine O'Connor, 74, of Mill Close, Clasheen, Stamullen, Co Meath, his daughter Louise O'Connor, 40, of Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1, her ex-partner Keith Johnson, 41, of Avonbeg Gardens, Tallaght and Ms O'Connor's daughter, Stephanie, 20, of Lower Gardiner Street...
A 21-year-old Italian man has been found not guilty of causing grievous bodily harm to an Irishman outside Anfield in Liverpool earlier this year. Filippo Lombardi from Rome had pleaded not guilty to the attack on 53-year-old Sean Cox outside a Liverpool versus Roma Champions' League semi-final match on 24 April - writes The prosecution case was that another man, referred to in court as N40, threw the punch that hit Mr Cox but Mr Lombardi swung a be...
National Slow Down day, an operation aimed at getting motorists to watch their speed on roads, got under way this morning. The 24-hour operation came into force at 7am and will continue until 7am tomorrow. It consists of high visibility speed enforcement in over 1,000 enforcement zones, as well as the delivery of a road safety message through the use of national, local and social media. The objective of the operation is to reduce the number of speed-relate...
Housing and homeless agency Novas, which works with vulnerable individuals and families in Limerick and the mid-west, has said it helped over 4,500 people last year. In its annual report released today, it warns of the worrying trend that those becoming homeless are getting younger. Novas works with homeless people, and those at risk of becoming homeless, in Limerick, Kerry and Tipperary. The escalation of the homelessness crisis, coupled with more people...
Irish baby name trends have taken a such a drastic turn in the past century some are becoming extinct, research has revealed. While some new entries gained traction in recent years, there are still timeless favourites that soar high on the popularity scale. The survey identified Adam and Harry as the favourite names among boys, seeing a 1,396% and 979% percentage increase since 1917 respectively. They are followed by Luke, Aidan and Mark to for...
One person was hospitalised after a crash between a horse and carriage and a car overnight. Two fire engines and an ambulance were called after the crash at 2:30am on the junction of Eccles Street and Dorset Street. The man at the helm of the cart was brought to hospital although his injuries were not believed to be serious. The horse bolted for about 100 metres after being startled by the crash but was uninjured. The carriage however received heavy damage...
A grieving Dublin woman said she is still in shock that her elderly mother died from spilling a cup of tea. Daphne Anderson (91) - originally from Glasnevin - died from sepsis, which she contracted in hospital while being treated for scalding injuries. Daphne's daughter Audrey told The Herald that her mother had been fit and active prior to the injury. She said: "My mother was fit and in good health. I can't believe that spilling a cup of tea could have ki...
Passengers were left frustrated at the weekend as Aer Lingus was forced to cancel two flights at late notice. People hoping to fly to JFK Airport in New York on Saturday afternoon were angered when the flight was cancelled. Aer Lingus flight EI109 was due to leave Dublin for JFK at 4:10pm but was cancelled just hours before. Many holiday-makers were sat in the airport at the time waiting for information when the news broke the flight would not be in operat...
Vandals who set fire to two taxis over the past four days in Crumlin have been condemned as "scumbags". One cab was burnt out on Friday night, followed by another this morning. The Dublin Taxi Drivers Facebook page shared images of the destroyed vehicles this afternoon and urged people in the area to be aware of any suspicious behaviour. In the post, the group wrote: "Two taxis burnt down in Crumlin, Friday night and one this morning on Sundrive road! "Be...