‘Dublin Tenement Life’

Come Here To Me!

A brilliant new Facebook page has emerged recently, entitled ‘Dublin Tenement LIFE’. It has posted a remarkable collection of photographs, primarily showing working class life in inner-city Dublin in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Many of the photos have been collected by the North Inner City Folklore Project, and capture important moments in the history of the city.

One particular photograph from the 1940s is very interesting for me though, and a bit touching. A relative realised while browsing the pictures that one of them shows the home of my grandmother at Cornmarket, near to the Liberties. I never met my grandmother, but her home can be seen in this image. We know that they had the two front rooms on the left on the first floor. The ones with the painted windows and curtains. Of course, this is all demolished now, but it’s a great image to…

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