Take Me Up To Monto!

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Anyone with an interest in old photos of Dublin should take a wander down Foley Street and have a look at The Lab's exhibition 'The Lab Looks Back'. The exhibition depicts the history of Foley Street - formerly Montgomery Street and one of Europe's most notorious red-light districts - in a series of photos dating from the 1910s, 1930s, and 1970s. Bravo to all involved!

Coincidentally, Foley Street makes an appearance in this year's One City, One Book, Ghost Light, ("A cart trundles down Foley Street, drawn by a shabby quarter horse piebald whose lugubrious clop draws children from the yards."), which brings Edwardian Dublin brilliantly to life.

Don't forget to check out the Derelict Dublin, 1913 and Vanishing Dublin galleries for more historic images of Dublin in all its splendour and squalor.


My ancestors lived in Montgomery Street Dublin in the late 1700s. I believe there was a Barlow's Square in Montgomery Street in 1798 in which there were 7 houses with 17 residents. Numbers mentioned were 12 and 41 Montgomery Street. The families concerned were Barlow and Scott. They were ironmongers and carpenters.
I would dearly love any information and pictures about the area in that day, which I hope is before it became Monto.
In hope that someone out there might be able to help me.

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