Working for the City

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LamplighterThis image gallery depicts the working lives of Dublin Corporation/Dublin City Council Staff. This 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.

Further Resources

In addition to these photographs, Dublin City Public Libraries also include further sources on the social and cultural history of Dublin, some of which are available online and some through the Dublin City Public Libraries network.

The Reading Room, Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street holds a wealth of material on the history of Dublin, including books, pamphlets, journals, street directories, and almanacs.

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.


Hi please can you tell me if my late brother bernard (benny)meade worked
the liffey ferry at any time thank you

Hi - great images and thanks for posting them.
Just looking for any more info on the SS Shamrock, seen in this pic:

Just spotted ur comment thur. 20th oct 2011.
Was it the sludge carrier s.s. shamrock
you were interested in?
S. Rowe

Hello S. Rowe! I'm only just seeing this now, nearly 2 years after you posted your reply to my already-one-year-old query! If there's any chance you're still reading this thread - yes, I'd be interested in information on the sludge carrier SS Shamrock. My grandfather was a crewman. Thanks for your reply - Mick.

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