Category Archives: Tenement History

Chris Corlett on the Church Street Tenement Collapse

At about 8.45p.m., as dusk approached on the night of Tuesday 2nd September, 1913, two houses, Numbers 66 and 67 Church Street collapsed.  The rubble fell across the width of the street as far as the door of the Father … Continue reading

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Anu’s Laura Murray on her work at 14 Henrietta St.

This week is the last week of the DUBLIN TENEMENT EXPERIENCE in number 14 Henrietta Street. The house has welcomed us and we settled in nicely. We are so grateful to the audiences that have attended the experience. They are … Continue reading

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The Baton Charge! Batons from the National Museum

We are at the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Lockout, undoubtedly the most significant labour unrest in Irish history.  One of the most notorious incidents, the DMP Baton Charge, took place on Sunday 31 August in O’Connell Street. The iconic … Continue reading

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The Importance of ‘Coming Home’

In 1911 over 1,000 people lived on Henrietta Street. No. 14 was inhabited by 101 people, with many families living in a single room. With such limited living space, kids spent lots of time on the street: so the street … Continue reading

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Eddie Jolley on Living in Henrietta Street, Dublin, 1936-1960

My childhood memories of living at 13 Henrietta Street are days were full of laughter, fun and games both in and out of doors. We had freedom to go wherever we chose to go and play without fear of being … Continue reading

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Conor Dodd on Henrietta Street Men in WWI

As Gertie Keane pointed out in her recent blog entry (The Census, Mobility and Henrietta Street), the residents of the tenements in Henrietta Street had a strong connection to the British Army. For Irish men of the period there were … Continue reading

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Ellen Rowley on Henrietta House

Dr Ellen Rowley highlights the architectural significance of Henrietta House and other modernist flat blocks designed in the 1930s by Dublin Corporation in the new Housing Architect’s (Herbert Simms) department. The architectural achievements of this department, and of Simms as … Continue reading

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