The derivation of the name Stoneybatter is interesting;
In the second century a 'Royal road', one of the five great roads of Ireland, stretched from Tara in Meath to Glendalough in Wicklow, crossing the river Liffey at the Ford of the Hurdles (near the present-day Church Street Bridge).
Since this road was paved, a rarity at the time, it was known in Gaelic as Bothar-na-gCloch, or 'Road of the Stones'. This subsequently changed over time, with the influence of the English, to Stoney-Bothar, which was later further corrupted to 'Stoneybatter'.
I've lived her for about 14 years...I love the place...always have. Big moves are afoot, however, in the 'batter. The nearby reincarnation of the Grangegorman complex as the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), the largest campus in the country, is acting like a huge catalyst for change in the area.
Locals I've talked to about it are a mix of excited and nervous at the prospect of what is coming...change can be daunting.
The city is always evolving though, this is just another costume change.