Started off by William King in a small shop on the Quays, Kings originally only sold requisites of the legal profession, mainly to solicitors. Its proximity to the courts made this an ideal place for the shop. Around the early 1930s, when Mr King decided to retire, the business was taken over by James J. Ardiff, who also owned a printing business in Old Kilmainham (Ardiff Printers Ltd) and Mahons Printing Works, based in Yarnhall Street. KINGS shop then moved to number 18, Eustace Street, where it traded until its last move to its present location in 54 Bolton Street. We are very proud indeed to have KINGS mentioned in James Joyce’s “Ulysses”, first published in 1922, (Chapter 10). Below is an extract in which Kings, then in Ormond Quay, is mentioned, along with Collis & Ward, a long-standing customer of Kings for many years.
“William Humble, earl of Dudley, and lady Dudley, accompanied by lieutenantcolonel Heseltine, drove out after luncheon from the viceregal lodge. In the following carriage were the honourable Mrs Paget, Miss de Courcy and the honourable Gerald Ward A.D.C. in attendance.
The cavalcade passed out by the lower gate of Phoenix park saluted by obsequious policemen and proceeded past Kingsbridge along the northern quays. The viceroy was most cordially greeted on his way through the metropolis. At Bloody bridge Mr Thomas Kernan beyond the river greeted him vainly from afar Between Queen's and Whitworth bridges lord Dudley's viceregal carriages passed and were unsaluted by Mr Dudley White,
B. L., M. A., who stood on Arran quay outside Mrs M. E. White's, the pawnbroker's, at the corner of Arran street west stroking his nose with his forefinger, undecided whether he should arrive at Phibsborough more quickly by a triple change of tram or by hailing a car or on foot through Smithfield, Constitution hill and Broadstone terminus. In the porch of Four Courts Richie Goulding with the costbag of Goulding, Collis and Ward saw him with surprise. Past Richmond bridge at the doorstep of the office of Reuben J Dodd, solicitor, agent for the Patriotic Insurance Company, an elderly female about to enter changed her plan and retracing her steps by King's windows smiled credulously on the representative of His Majesty. From its sluice in Wood quay wall under Tom Devan's office Poddle river hung out in fealty a tongue of liquid sewage. Above the crossblind of the Ormond hotel, gold by bronze, Miss Kennedy's head by Miss Douce's head watched and admired. On Ormond quay Mr Simon Dedalus, steering his way from the greenhouse for the subsheriff's office, stood still in midstreet and brought his hat low. His Excellency graciously returned Mr Dedalus' greeting.”
Nowadays, KINGS has expanded its service capabilities with the inclusion of online shopping, and a digital printing and internet service on the premises. We continue to serve the legal community, along with our other valued customers in accounting, offices, colleges and the general public. Via our sister company, Mahons Printing Works, based directly beside KINGS’ shop, we also offer a print and design service to help local businesses with their requirements.
We have a very friendly staff here and we pride ourselves in the quality of our service. Please feel free to call us, email us, or drop in, whereupon we will be most happy to help you as best we can.