Tag Archives: Dublin Tenements

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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Peter Brannigan’s Ice Cream Sunday!

Peter Brannigan shares memories of his childhood years, spent living in the front hall room of 14 Henreitta Street … Every Sunday, my father would take most of the younger children out for a walk. He would take us up … Continue reading

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Peter Brannigan’s Memories of no. 14 Henreitta Street

My name is Peter. The year is 1949 and I was nine years old. I lived in a shared tenement house in Dublin City, in the front hall room of 14 Henrietta Street. I have ten brothers and sisters, and … Continue reading

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Turtle Bunbury talks to May Malone

As she reached the ground floor, ten-year-old May Malone looked back up the stairwell to see her mother still holding the burning piece of paper at the top of the house. An orange glow flickered through the shadows, briefly illuminating … Continue reading

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Thomas Kador on Tenement China

As an archaeologist I deal with objects, so called artefacts, but I also like to think about and ‘think with’ objects. In this context I would like to bring you on a little object encounter. I am holding a small, … Continue reading

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The Unfinished Business of Housing

The third episode of the 1913 Unfinished Business podcast series looked at the changes over the years to housing in the city, while addressing the lack of centrality housing plays in current political discourse. Our decision to interview oral historian … Continue reading

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Gertie Keane Describes Tenement Life on Henreitta Street in 1901

As is so often the case, historically, when it comes to the poor in society, they become the ‘invisible people’, where little or nothing is written or recorded about them, and by virtue of the fact that they lack many … Continue reading

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