Housing Conditions

In this extract Jim Quinn describes the first house he lived in on Bath Avenue in Dublin city. He specifically mentions the toilet which was down the end of a very long garden and he remembers he practically had to go on safari to get to it! His family later moved to Townsend street which was closer to the city centre, this was in order to facilitate his father's work as a butcher. In this extract he goes on to describe his second home in Townsend street.

The gallery of images on this page include pictures and newspaper extracts relating to a tragedy which occurred in Asylum Yard in 1936. This incident involved the death of two young children, Mary Ashe and Florence Murphy, who were playing inside a derelict house when it collapsed upon them. By exploring the collection attached to this page you can read further about this tragedy. This incident caused outrage and was widely reported in the newspapers at that time. It led to an official inquiry into the conditions which were responsible for the death of the two young girls.

Public consciousness was becoming aware of the dangerous conditions thousands of Dubliners were living in at this time. This can be witnessed in the campaigns undertaken by many newspapers, particularly the Irish Press which waged a 'War on Slums' in Dublin inner city. The gallery on this page includes references to this press campaign. This issue was also raised in numerous parliamentary debates and eventually led to a policy of rehousing and tenement clearance. Extracts from the parliamentary debates about the housing conditions in Dublin during the 1920's, 30's, 40's and 50's can be accessed from the collection, as can references to the various official reports undertaken.

Various housing schemes were established in response to the housing crisis in Dublin inner city. These schemes included the development of purpose built housing in the Dublin sububs as well as new blocks of flats within the inner city. Many of the participants interviewed for this project recollect their experiences of being moved to new housing under the various housing schemes. They recall mixed reactions to this experience: On the one hand they remember the excitement of moving to more comfortable living conditions. However, the participants also reflected upon the loss of community networks and existing social supports which were a feature of community inner city living. See the section on community for further information about this aspect of Dublin city living.

The link below the gallery will bring you to the complete collection of material assembled under the theme of housing conditions.

Gallery of images relating to inner city housing conditions.