The Gaiety Theatre 1880s - 1930s

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Since opening its doors in 1871, the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin has been a cultural landmark.   The oldest continuously operating theatre in Dublin, the Gaiety Theatre has provided entertainment to audiences for generations. As the name ‘gaiety’ suggests, the theatre originally specialized in comedy and opera; today the theatre offers entertainment of all forms.   This gallery offers a peek into the Gaiety’s rich history, from the 1880s to the 1930s.  For more information on The Gaiety Theatre, take a look at Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre: The grand old lady of South King Street by Robert O’Byrne.

This gallery was researched and compiled by Megan Geske, undergraduate at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Communication Studies and Psychology major, class of 2013.  Megan interned at the Dublin City Library and Archive as part of the EUSA internship program.

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About the Dublin and Irish Collections

The Dublin and Irish Collections, housed in the Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street, are an important resource for local history studies. The Dublin Collection contains a wealth of rare and beautiful material spanning centuries of Dublin’s history. The Collection encompasses a wide range of material; from the first Dublin newspapers to hand-tinted maps, from 18th century manuscripts to early editions of the works of Jonathan Swift, from propaganda leaflets of the Civil War period to exquisite examples of the craft of Dublin bookbinders. Plus audio-visual material, photographs, prints, drawings, theatre programmes, playbills, posters, ballad sheets, political cartoons and other ephemera! Highlights of the Dublin and Irish Collections include a unique Yeats collection and the complete library of the historian John T. Gilbert.

View the Gaiety Theatre 1880s - 1930s Image Gallery.

Further Resources

The following online resources can be accessed free of charge at your local library (access links via our NetVibes portal). Ask library staff for information and assistance.

  • Libraries and Archives Digital Repository: Digital records relating to Dublin, including photographs, postcards, letters, maps and ephemeral material. Highlights of the collection include the Fáilte Ireland Photographic Collection, Wide Street Commission Map Collection (1757-1851), the Irish Theatre Archive and the Birth of the Republic Collection, which comprises material from the period of the foundation of the Irish state.
  • Irish Times Digital Archive: This online archive service gives access to contemporary editions of the Irish Times from the mid-nineteenth century until the present.
  • Irish Newspaper Archive: This online archive service gives access to contemporary editions of the Irish Independent and a range of other newspapers.
  • The Ireland-JSTOR Collection: This online archive of academic articles can also be accessed free of charge at your local library.

For further reading, consult the Library Catalogue.

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