Elvery's elephant

"Elvery's Elephant house" refers to John W. Elvery and Co., a sporting goods and rubber products merchant. The company also had stores on Nassau Street and in Cork and London, but the one on Sackville Street was called the Elephant House because a large elephant stood over its main entrance.

John Hunt 2015

Elvery's ca. 1950, in a photograph held in the Joyce collection of the Rosenbach Museum and Library. Source: thecricketbatthatdiedforireland.com.

The building that was Elvery's, today. Note the plinth over the Supermac's logo. Source: Gareth Collins.