Interview with Lord Mayor Alfred “Alfie” Byrne 1936

If you read about Dublin from the 1930’s to 1950’s there will always be mention of “the shaking hand of Dublin” Alfie Byrne. He was such a popular person that he was elected as Lord Mayor from 1930-1939, giving up the post and took office once again in 1954. He believed it was the poor who kept him in that position and campaigned on their behalf relentlessly.  He earlier pushed for the release of those interned after the easter rising. During the terms of his mayorship he officiated at the opening of many of the cinemas in Dublin such as the Leinster, Rialto, the Tivoli(The Tivo!), and the usual premiers of films and theatre performances. Born at Seville Place, he lived with his own family in Rathmines and three of his sons went on to be TD’s.





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