Disease and Dirt: Public Health in Dublin, 1903-1917
Dublin 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. The connection between poverty and disease had been formally recognised in the nineteenth century. 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. We hope that it may be of interest to anyone researching the social history of Dublin in the early twentieth century.
This photo gallery tells the history of social housing in Inchicore which is a suburb of Dublin, 5km west of the city centre. It traces the history of the area from tenements and one of Dublin Corporation’s first social housing schemes to the conversion of Richmond Barracks to Keogh Square then St Michael’s Estate and beyond.
Alive Alive O! Dublin's Markets and Street Sellers
Crying cockles and mussels! Alive Alive O! Cabbages on Moore Street, lilies on Grafton Street, Christmas decorations on Thomas Street. The photographs here 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.
Cinema-going has always been extremely popular with Dubliners. It was the city's most famous son, James Joyce, who helped bring the exciting new art-form to Dublin when the Volta Picture Theatre opened on Mary Street in December 1909. Joyce was the Managing Director. This 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.
‘We got the whiff of ray and chips and Mary softly sighed, Arah John come on for ‘one and one’, Down by the Liffeyside’. Like 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. We hope the chippers, cafes, and restaurants included here will bring back some happy memories.
'The Jacks are back,The Jacks are back,Let the Railway End go barmy,For Hill 16 has never seen,The likes of Heffo’s Army.'Dublin Terrace Chant, 1970sView The Jacks Are Back Image Gallery.On 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 the football that day 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 Gaelic Football was changed forever.Dublin contested six All-Ireland Finals in a row between 1974 and 1979. This feat was matched by Wexford (1913-1918) and Kerry in the past decade (2004-2009) but, unlike the recent Kerry team, Dublin did not have the cushion of the ‘back-door’ on the road to Croker. They also had to contend with Mick O’Dwyer’s Kerry - arguably the greatest football team of all time.The success of the Dubs made Gaelic Football the most popular sport in the city and the Dublin football team remains one of the best-supported teams in Europe. 'The Dubs' and 'Hill 16' have become as emblematic of the capital city as Molly Malone, James Joyce, and the Ha'penny Bridge.This image gallery consists of images taken at Civic Receptions for the players between 1974 and 1979. They show the rapport between the team and supporters. ‘Heffo’s Army’ became famous nationwide for their passionate and vocal support. 'The Jacks Are Back' celebrates the greatest sports team this city has produced. Up da Dubs!AcknowledgementsThe Digital Projects Section of Dublin City Public Libraries would like to thank Norman Barnard, Christy 'Buster' Leaney and Bernard Donovan for their invaluable assistance in creating this gallery.About the PhotographsThese images were taken from the Dublin City Council Photographic Collection.Match ProgrammesThe Reading Room has an extensive collection of GAA match programmes. The images taken from contemporary programmes featured in this gallery are copyright of Cumann Lúthchleas Gael/Gaelic Athletic Association.Further ResourcesIn addition to these photographs, Dublin City Public Libraries also has further sources on the sporting heritage 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 sport in Dublin, including books, programmes, and newspapers.The following online resources can be accessed free of charge at your local library (access links via our Netvibes-based portal on library computers). 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.View The Jacks Are Back Image Gallery
This 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. Published by the Local Government Board for Ireland, the inquiry was prompted by the collapse of two tenement buildings at No. 66 and No. 67 Church Street on the evening of 2 September 1
It is the nature of cities to continually change. Dublin through its history has been at various stages a Viking trading post, a Norman settlement, the jewel of Ascendancy Ireland, the second city of the British Empire, and is now our capital city.The Vanishing Dublin' Image Gallery shows features of Dublin that have disappeared or changed utterly during the second half of the twentieth century.