Category Archives: Dublin history

Remains of Nelsons pillar removed by army explosion 1966

After the initial explosion, Irish army engineers were brought in to remove what remained of Nelson’s pillar and plinth in O’Connell Street. Although taking place in the early hours of the morning many turned up to cheer and dance as the explosion took place. Windows of several premises and the G.P.O. were smashed but no individuals were injured. Nelsons head is still on display in the Gilbert library on Pearse Street.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Dublin history

Housing problem solved in Clontarf! 1921

Maybe present day Dublin should take this example from Clonfarf in 1921. Houses built in a mere four weeks, and sturdy by the look of it. The difference perhaps between these and several modern Dublin builds is that I’m sure this location is not a ghost estate! Just four weeks to construct them too.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Dublin history

Footage: Turnover tax protests 1963

Introduced as part of the Finance Act of 1963, the “turnover tax” proved a controversial piece of legislation. Throughout the course of the year there were protests, meetings and rallies in all areas of the country from those in the sales industry as it was deemed totally unworkable. The sales tax of 2.5% led to huge fears of business closures and naturally caused political controversy at the time, but strongly defended by then Taoiseach Sean Lemass. This protest by approx 1,500 women was one of several in Dublin before the implementation of the statute, with exemptions sought for certain areas of business, as can be seen by the placards on show.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Dublin history

Footage: Rathmines and Rathgar Musical Society performance 1921

Scenes from “The Rose of Persia”, performed at the Gaiety theatre in December 1921 by the long established Rathmines and Rathgar musical society. The two act light opera was the last completed work of Arthur Sullivan(of Gilbert and Sullivan fame) aided by the writing of Basil Hood. The society were performing in aid of cancer research(the city of Dublin skin and cancer hospital in Hume Street) and got favourable reviews from the press, and in 1928 produced the same opera again featuring Nan McGarron, Florence Evans, Joseph O’Neill and others. The R&R musical society was established in 1913 and celebrated its centenary last year. It’s unfortunate  clips of this period have no audio(the talkies where a while away at this stage!) but interesting archive footage.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Dublin history

Footage: Royal Hibernian Military School Phoenix Park fire 1925

Established in the 1760’s initially for the instruction and education of the children of deceased soldiers, the Royal Hibernian Military School was lucky to survive a fire that broke out in March 1925. The military school had by then been taken over as a barracks and hosted the first Irish speaking battalion of the Free State army. The fire started in a room beneath the clock tower and thankfully there was no loss of life as the fire spread quickly. Members of the army saved as much property as possible but the fire destroyed the roof and a considerable part of the upper floor. The fire brigade were quick on the scene but the weather was so cold in that March it hampered their efforts due to icicles forming on some of the hoses. The building, designed by Francis Johnston(see my earlier post in relation to him and the Richmond Gate at Kilmainham) now houses St. Mary’s Hospital after development in that direction by the Irish Army in the 1940’s.

Leave a comment

Filed under Dublin history

Footage: 1922 Synge Street C.B.S. school play

It’s a pity there’s no sound for this one as it shows a play put on by Synge Street Christian brothers and Francis street schools from 1922. The play was “The Eagle of the North” and was based on the life of Red Hugh O’Donnell. It  ran for a full week in April of 1922 and was performed at the C.Y.M. hall on Harrington Street. Synge Street had performed the pageant two years previously also.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Dublin history

Footage: Ringsend fishermen 1921

Not much to say about this clip only that I love it, a one minute glimpse into the life of Ringsend/Raytown fishermen from 1921. Unfortunately a low yield this time from the nets! I love just even seeing the clothes they are wearing and the backround in the clip. The shots are taken at low tide at the South Wall with the Poolbeg Lighthouse in view. Thanks to those who’ve shared the post to help determine this.

 

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Dublin history