1974 Dublin Bombings

1974 Dublin BombingsThis collection of 148 images of the aftermath of the Dublin bombings of May 1974 provides a valuable source of information on the tragedy. The material is of particular relevance to second-level students studying Northern Irish history and provides the basis for original research. Read more about the 1974 Bombings... | Copyright Notice | View 1974 Dublin Bombings on your Mobile Phone (QR Code).

A Dublin Eye – The Stafford Image Collection

De ValeraThis image gallery shows a selection from the photographs and slides of the amateur photographer, William Stafford. He took most of these pictures during the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and the collection contains a great variety of images. Many of the places he photographed have now disappeared or have changed beyond recognition.

The Stafford Collection material  is now held in Dublin City Library and Archive. Read more about A Dublin Eye – The Stafford Image Collection | Copyright Notice.

Alive Alive O! Dublin's Markets and Street Sellers

Alive Alive OThese photographs tell the story of the changes to the markets during the late 20th and early 21st century - the demise of the Iveagh clothes market, the re-invention of the Smithfield Horse Fair and the huge changes undergone by the street traders in Moore Street during the redevelopment of the area from the 1970s onwards. Read more about Dublin markets and street sellers... | Copyright Notice.

Breathing Spaces - Dublin's Parks and Green Spaces.

Breathing SpacesParks have become places of infinite variety and this gallery aims to give a sense of this variety. Although it does not include every park and green space in Dublin, we hope it will provide an introduction to those places were Dubliners can take a moment to enjoy nature and to relax. Read more about Breathing Spaces: Dublin's Parks and Green Spaces. | Copyright.

Chislers: Images of Childhood in Dublin

ChislersThis gallery consists of images of children going about their business in Dublin from the second half of the twentieth century up to the present day. It shows how Dublin’s childer and chislers filled their days from visits to the beach to dossing on street corners. It also shows the engagement of children in civic initiatives: the Junior Litter Wardens of Cabra and Ballymun, Community Pride events, Summer Projects, and the Community Games. Read more about images of childhood in Dublin and other resources from Dublin City Public Libraries.... | Copyright Notice.

Christmas Past

Christmas lightsDid you ever visit Santa in Clerys? But holly in Moore street? Do you have memories of Christmas Eve in Busáras, laden down with presents, waiting for the bus home? Or were you by any chance a Mansion House angel? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, we are sure you will enjoy these images of Dublin during the Christmas period.
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Commercial Dublin

Commercial DublinThis gallery consists of images of commercial premises (e.g. small businesses, factories, banks) from the Dublin City Council Photographic Collection. We hope that these images will serve as memory triggers for Dubliners who may have worked or conducted business in these ‘trading places’. Read more about Commercial Dublin... | Copyright Notice.

Derelict Dublin, 1913

Derelict DublinThis series of photographs is taken from the report of the Departmental Committee appointed to inquire into the housing conditions of the working classes of Dublin. The pictures give great insight into the miserable life in the overcrowded and poverty-stricken tenements and courts of Dublin in 1913. Read more about 'Derelict Dublin: Images of the City from 1913'. | Copyright Notice.

Dirt and Disease, Public Health in Dublin, 1903-1917

Dirt and DiseaseDublin was one of the most depressed cities in Europe at the turn of the century. Declining industry, overcrowding, unemployment, and poor housing created a cauldron of poverty for many Dubliners. These rarely seen images from Dublin Corporation’s Reports Upon The State Of Public Health In The City Of Dublin show some of the measures taken by Dublin’s civic authority to curb the spread of infectious diseases. Read more about 'Dirt and Disease, Public Health in Dublin, 1903-1917'. | Copyright Notice.

Dublin and Dubliners

Dublin and DublinersJames Joyce's Dubliners (1914) presents a raw and uncompromising portrait of his native city in a book he described as 'my nicely polished looking glass'. These images from the Dublin City Council Photographic Collection show how Dublin as it was over fifty years later. They illustrate how the city had changed and yet, in some respects, stayed the same. The churches, streets, and pubs through which Joyce's characters roamed and schemed remained as central to Dublin life in the middle of the twentieth century as at the beginning. Read more about the Dublin and Dubliners image gallery and other resources from Dublin City Public Libraries... | Copyright Notice.

Dublin City Public Libraries: Part of Our Built Heritage

DCPLThis image gallery presents a historical survey of some of the public libraries of Dublin City that have served Dublin’s citizens from 1884 until the present day. The idea at the heart of the public library system is simple, enlightened, and noble: anyone can have access to education, information, and knowledge. As the song so simply and eloquently put it: ‘Libraries gave us power’. Read more about Dublin City Public Libraries: Part of our Built Heritage. Copyright notice.

Dublin in the Detail

Dublin in the DetailThis gallery consists of images of Dublin street furniture, sculptures and statues. The photographs are from the Photographing Dublin Collection, a collection of circa 900 photographs all taken by Dublin City Public Libraries staff during 2006.

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Dublin Pubs

Dublin PubsThis gallery consists of images of Public Houses from the Dublin City Photographic Collection. Some of these pubs are still open for business but most have vanished from our streets. It is hoped that these images will serve as ‘memory triggers’ for those Dubliners who frequented them, passed them by, or avoided them. Read more about this collection of photographs of Dublin Pubs and other resources from Dublin City Public Libraries.... | Copyright Notice.

Dublin Shops and Shopping

Shops and ShoppingThis gallery consists of images of shops, stalls, and markets from the Dublin City Council Photographic Collection. A few of these are still open for business but most have closed their doors. It is hoped that these images will serve as memory triggers for any Dubliner who was ever ‘sent out for the messages’. Read more about Dublin shops and shopping... | Copyright Notice.

Dublin Zoo: 1960-1961

Dublin ZooThese photos from the Fáilte Ireland Photographic Collection, housed at Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, show the treasured animals at Dublin Zoo thriving and coexisting with each other between the spring and summers of 1960 and 1961.

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Dublin's Foundations: A Viking Legacy

Viking LegacyWhen the Scandinavian explorers first made their way up the river Liffey, there was no such thing as Dublin. By the middle of the 10th century, Dublin was an international hub of trade, dealing gold, silver, silks, weapons, horses, even people. Thanks to the Nordic settlers, Dublin would become one of the most profitable ports in all of Europe. Read more about Dublin's Foundations: A Viking Legacy | Copyright notice

Dublin's Sporting Heritage

Sporting HeritageDublin City was awarded the title of European Capital of Sport 2010 by the European Capital of Sports Association (ACES). In recognition of this honour, Dublin City Public Libraries present here a small selection of photos from the Dublin City Council Photographic Collection celebrating the proud sporting heritage of Dublin. Read more about Dublin's Sporting Heritage collection and other resources from Dublin City Public Libraries.... | Copyright Notice.

Echoland (One City One Book 2017)

Two pintsThese images from the photographic collections of the Dublin City Library & Archive date from the 1940s to the 1980s and illustrate some of the key scenes in Echoland. We hope they provide a sense of the landscape against which the action takes place.
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Eyewitness 1916: Dublin after the Six Days' Insurrection

EyewitnessThis image gallery is composed of images taken from "Dublin After The Six Days’ Insurrection" (Dublin: Mecredy, Percy & Co., Ltd, 1916). The photos were taken by T.W. Murphy (also known as “The O’Tatur”), the sub-editor of The Motor News. Read more about 'Eyewitness 1916: Images From 'Dublin After The Six Days' Insurrection' | Images reproduced by kind permission of the estate of T.W. Murphy. Please read our Copyright Notice.

Freedom of the City

Freedom of the CityThe Freedom of the City of Dublin is the highest civic honour bestowed by Dublin City Council. It honours the contribution made by people to Dublin or important visitors. Since the creation of the honour, only 76 people have been awarded the Freedom of the City. This image gallery depicts some of the Freedom of the City ceremonies dating from 1961 to 2014. Read 'Freedom Of The City' | Copyright Notice.

Get Stuffed: Dublin's Eatin' Houses

Get StuffedLike many major cities, Dublin has a strong association with food. From Molly Malone's 'cockles and mussels' to coddle - surely Dublin's signature dish - to the perennial Friday treat of 'one and one' (or fish and chips). This gallery celebrates some of the city's eatin' houses. Read 'Get Stuffed: Dublin's Eatin' Houses' | Copyright Notice.

Going To The Flicks: Dublin Cinemas

Going to the FlicksThis image gallery pays tribute to some of the city's most notable cinemas. Many of these have sadly closed as cinemagoers now frequent multiplexes in the suburbs. We hope these images bring back happy memories of afternoons and evenings spent bewitched by the silver screen. Read more about Going To The Flicks. | Copyright

Heart of Dublin: Gloucester Diamond

Heart of the cityThe Gloucester Diamond got its name from the diamond-shaped intersection at Gloucester Place and Sean Macdermott Street. Colloquially, ‘The Diamond’ refers not just to Gloucester Place, but the entire area surrounding it. The photographs in this gallery show the places that made up the fabric of the community around the Gloucester Diamond from the late sixties to the eighties. The images are ordered as a walked route, beginning at the Twenty-Seven Steps and continuing in a circuit all around the Diamond, finally closing at the Diamond Park. Included are photographs of houses, shops, pubs, pawnshops, schools and local landmarks. As the recent past constitutes an equally important part of its history, the gallery also includes contemporary images. Read more about Heart of Dublin: Gloucester Diamond. | Copyright

Heart of Dublin: Parnell Square and Parnell Street

Heart of DublinParnell Square is the oldest of the Georgian Squares of Dublin, and the only one on the north side of the city to escape the tenementisation of the later 19th and early 20th century. Built as the homes of the great and the good of the late eighteenth century... read more about Heart of Dublin: Parnell Square and Parnell Street | Copyright.

Ireland's Olympians

Ireland's OlympiansThis image gallery celebrates those Irish men and women who dared to go faster, aim higher, and be stronger in representing Ireland at the Olympic Games. These rare images from the Dublin City Council Photographic Collection depict our athletes as they departed our shores in expectation and, for an exalted few, their return in triumph. Read more about Ireland's Olympians... | Copyright Notice

Memory Lane: Dublin in the Rare Oul' Times

Memory LaneThe Digital Projects Section of Dublin City Public Libraries presented a series of events at public libraries during May 2011 as part of the Bealtaine Festival. Members of the public were invited to share their memories of the City through a selection of images from the Dublin City Council Photographic Collection. The images prompted much debate and craic among the participants and are presented here online so that all members of the public can take a ‘stroll down Memory Lane’. Sincere thanks to all who participated! Further information about Memory Lane. Copyright notice.

Nelson and Company: The Moving Statues of Dublin

Nelson and CompanyMonuments and statues are a significant feature of the cityscape of Dublin; some make an appearance for a short period of time, while others become more permanent fixtures. This collection of images represents some of those statues that have spent time in the capital city, as well as some that are soon to move. Read more about Nelson and Company: The Moving Statues of Dublin... | Copyright Notice.

Our Stable Companion - The Dublin Horse

Our Stable CompanionThis gallery is a tribute to an animal which has been a friend to Dubliners through the centuries, whether as a working horse, a military high-stepper, a means of transport or simply a beloved companion. The pictures in the gallery show the range of activities that the horse has been engaged in through the last century, from pulling the Lord Mayor’s Coach to feeding from an old car in Labre Park. Read more about Our Stable Companion - The Dublin Horse. | Copyright Notice.

Place Your Bets: The Bookmakers Of Dublin

Place your BetsFor as long as there have been sporting contests, there have been men willing to make wagers upon them. The 'Turf Accountant' or 'Bookie' is as a familiar a feature of Dublin City as pubs and churches. This gallery depicts some of the places where Dubliners put their money down and wished for good fortune. Read more about Place Your Bets: The Bookmakers Of Dublin | Copyright Notice.

Religious Buildings

Religious BuildingsDublin is a city of churches, chapels, and meeting houses. This image gallery depicts some of them. Some remain, some have changed use, and some have vanished but all live on in our collective memory. Read more about Religious Buildings in Dublin and other resources from Dublin City Public Libraries... | Copyright Notice.

Short Back and Sides: Dublin’s Barbers and Hairdressers

Short back and sidesThis gallery celebrates Dublin's Barbers, Hairdressers, Hair Stylists and 'Artists in Male Hair'. Dubliners have always been a fashion conscious crew and we hope these images bring back happy memories of perms, continental styles, beehives, quiffs, and mullets. Read more about Short Back and Sides: Dublin’s Barbers and Hairdressers. | Copyright.

Strumpet City

Strumpet CityStrumpet City is one of the great Dublin novels. Focusing on the 1913 Lock-Out, its panoramic scope extends from the docks and slums of inner-city Dublin to the bourgeois domiciles of Kingstown. These images from the Dublin City Council Photographic Collection show the city as it was over fifty years later. Although the harrowing conditions Plunkett wrote about had largely vanished, the ‘glorified kip of a city’ he described remained recognisable throughout the twentieth century.Read more about Strumpet City. | Copyright.

The 1953 August Bank Holiday Weekend

August Bank Holiday WeekendThis collection of images from the Fáilte Ireland Photographic Collection, held at Dublin City Library & Archive Pearse Street, highlights the surprising and unimagined day of bright sunshine and blue skies that finally emerged on the bank holiday of Monday, August 3, 1953. The images were taken at Seapoint, Dún Laoghaire, Skerries, and Killiney.

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The Civil War in Dublin

The Civil WarThe images in this gallery are taken from a special supplement to the Irish Life newspaper that was published on 14 July 1922 entitled 'Ireland's Tragic Week'. Each photograph was accompanied by a short text. As you can discern, the editors of the Irish Life did not take an unbiased view of the hostilities. We have reprinted the accompanying text unedited and as it originally appeared in the pages of Irish Life. Read more about Civil War in Dublin - Images from Irish Life and other resources from Dublin City Public Libraries... | Copyright Notice.

The Jacks Are Back The Dubs in the 1970s

The Jacks are BackOn 26 May 1974 Dublin played Wexford in the first round of the Leinster Championship as the undercard to the replay of the National League Final between Kerry and Roscommon. The quality of some of the football was such that the Kerry and Roscommon fans started laughing in the Hogan Stand. Five months later the Dublin Captain Sean Doherty lifted the Sam Maguire. The Dubs had arrived and forever changed Gaelic Football. Read more about the Dubs in the 1970s... | Copyright Notice.

The Port Of Dublin

Port of DublinThe River Liffey, and the port that lies at its mouth, is the commercial lifeblood of Dublin city. This image gallery celebrates the Port of Dublin and those who worked in it throughout the twentieth century. From dockers and shipwrights to barge-men and captains of industry, 'all along the riverrun' they made their livelihoods. Read more about The Port Of Dublin. | Copyright

Those Were the Days - Dublin in the 1980s

Those were the daysThose Were the Days - the days of disco, urban decay and leg-warmers, unforgettable World Cup fever and Eurovision highs and lows.

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Through the Looking Glass: Tourism in Dublin, 1950-1990

County Dublin Countryside, 1962These photographs tell a part of the story of tourism in Dublin, offering an insight into how the city has been seen from both the inside and out. The timeline created by these images allows for an interesting comparison between then and now. Many of the icons of Dublin’s landscape today feature in these images: its pubs, coastline and countryside, Guinness advertising or the National Library of Ireland and Kilmainham Gaol.

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Travellers: Images of Labre Park, Ballyfermot, 1968 and 1969

TravellersLabre Park was the first site built specifically for Travellers by a Local Authority in Ireland. It was opened in September 1967 at a cost of £50,000 and consisted of 39 concrete 'tigíns' in a row off Kylemore Road. Each 'tigín' was composed of a living room with a stove, a lavatory, and a place to wash. Residents of Labre Park slept in their caravans which were parked beside or behind each 'tigín'. Rents at Labre Park ranged from ten to thirty shillings per week. Read more about the Labre Park image gallery and other resources from Dublin City Public Libraries... | Copyright Notice.

Vanishing Dublin

Vanishing DublinThese photos show features of Dublin that have disappeared or changed utterly during the second half of the 20th century. The gallery depicts a ‘vanishing’ rather than a ‘vanished’ Dublin - one that persists in the memories of those who walked its streets and called it ‘home’. Read more about Vanishing Dublin and other resources from Dublin City Public Libraries.... | Copyright Notice.

Working for the City

Working for the CityThis image gallery depicts the working lives of Dublin Corporation/Dublin City Council Staff. The short selection of images show staff at work and, also, how things have changed over the years. It reflects the challenges they encountered and the diversity of skills required by staff in the performance of their everyday duties.Read more about Working For the City and other resources from Dublin City Public Libraries... | Copyright Notice.