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Stephanie Cannon

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A brief biography of Stephanie Cannon, one of the volunteers who volunteered to be interviewed for the Bridge-IT project.…

Seamus Marken

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A brief biography of Seamus Marken, one of the participants who volunteered to be interviewed for the Bridge-IT project.…

May Smullen

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A brief biography of May Smullen, one of the participants who volunteered to be interviewed for the Bridge-IT project.…

Marie Murphy (née Moore)

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A brief biography of Marie Murphy, one of the participants who volunteered to be interviewed for the Bridge-IT projects.…

Leslie Greer

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A brief biography of Leslie Greer, one of the participants who volunteered to be interviewed for the Bridge-IT project.…

Jim Quinn

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A brief biography of Jim Quinn, one of the participants who volunteered to be interviewed for the Bridge-IT project.…

Hugh Smullen

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A brief biography of Hugh Smullen, one of the participants who volunteered to be interviewed for the Bridge-IT project.…

Eileen McCann

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A brief biography of Eileen McCann, one of the participants who volunteered to be interviewed for the Bridge-IT project.…

Carmel O'Reilly

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A brief biography of Carmel O'Reilly, one of the participants who volunteered to be interviewed for the Bridge-IT project.…

Betty Watson

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A brief biography of Betty Watson, one of the participants who volunteered to be interviewed for the Bridge-IT project.…

Elizabeth Dempsey

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A brief biography of Betty Dempsey, one of the participants who volunteered to be interviewed for the Bridge-IT project.…

Angela McFarland

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A brief biography of Angela McFarland, one of the participants who agreed to be interviewed for the Bridge-IT project.…

Michael Andrew Mohan

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A brief biography of Andy Mohan, one of the participants who volunteered to be interviewed for the Bridge-IT project.…

'Revolutionary Housing Procedure Urged'

Article from Irish Press 'Slum Evil' Series, October 10th 1936, 'Revolutionary housing procedure urged'

Sub-headings:

'Famous Priest Calls for Full Government Powers in Slum Crux'

'All Vacant Mansions Should be Utilised, is Presbyterian…

'Religious Leaders Attack in Slum War'

Article from Irish Press 'Slum Evil' Series, October 9th 1936, p.9 - 'Religious leaders attack in slum war' Sub-headings:

'A religious question - Dr. Gregg believes slums call for great missionary effort'

'Cardinal MacRory on Nation's…

'Tentacles of Slum Monster are Far-Reaching in City'

Article from Irish Press 'Slum Evil' Series, October 7th 1936 p.9 'Tentacles of slum monster are far-reaching in city' Sub-headings:

'Tenements are fire hazards'

'Palatial homes - Now hovels'

'Slums on Spacious Streets.'

Several photos…

'Front Line Trenches of the Slums'

From Irish Press 'Slum Evil' Series, October 3rd 1936, p.9 - 'Front line trenches of the slums'

Sub-headings -

'Over 90,000 Dubliners in one-roomed tenements' - 'Big Families in Basements' - Photo accompanying the article is headed: 'Yes -…

'Take Us Out of this Terrible Place' [cont.]

Article for the Irish Press 'Slum Evil' Series, October 2nd 1936: 'Take us out of this terrible place' continued.

Discusses Housing Report (1918) and Dr. Cowan's comments - also quotes Alderman Tom Kelly's recent comments to public of the dangers…

'Take Us Out of this Terrible Place'

Article from Irish Press 'Slum Evil' Series, October 10th 1936 p.9 -'Take us out of this terrible place' Sub-headings - 'War on the Slums' - Demand for an end to Tenement Squalor' - 'Tragic British Legacy' - Article accompanied by 2 photos on p.9.…

Barry's Yard, off Townsend Street c.1913

Barry's Yard, off Townsend Street. What appears to be a small child stands in front of a dilapidated house. To the right of the picture can be seen a water pump and lamp-standard. A note accompanying this 1913 RSAI photograph points out that "The…

Yard of Morgan's Cottages, Power's Court, c.1913

Yard of Morgan's Cottages, Power's Court, c.1913 showing sanitary accommodation. More than twenty years after this picture was taken matters had not improved greatly for some tenement dwellers. as interviewee Stephanie Cannon recalls: “…things…

'Shocking Dublin Tragedy' (Asylum Yard House Collapse, July 1936)

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Newspaper picture of Asylum Yard house collapse 31-07-'36 Irish Independent (1936) p.11 http://www.irishnewsarchive.com…

Asylum Yard, Mark's Court, off Mark's Lane, 1913

Asylum Yard, Mark's Court, off Mark's Lane As can be seen in this photograph, the cottages in Asylum Yard were in a pretty parlous condition even twenty three years prior to the 1936 tragedy.

Asylum Yard, Mark's Court, off Mark's Lane 1913. Royal…

Pearse House, Hanover Street

'Pearse House, Hanover Street'. From McManus, Ruth (2002). Dublin, 1910-1940. Four Courts Press, Dublin. p.176

Pearse House, Hanover Street was built in the…

View of Mountjoy Square from Saint George's Steeple

Mountjoy Square is one of Dublin's original Georgian squares. It was developed between 1792 and 1818 and named after Luke Gardiner, the first Viscount Mountjoy. By the time interviewees May and Hugh Smullen lived in the Square after their marriage it…

Markievicz House, Townsend Street

Built in the 1930s, Markievicz House, Townsend Street is one of the largest Dublin City Council housing complexes in the city with over 171 apartments. Interviewee Betty Watson lived here and many other interviewees have associations with the…

The Flats

The author talks about playing truant with his friends in Saint Stephens Green, and describes how they used to torment the park caretaker.

Extract from: Byrne, L. (2004) The Flats. Baltimore (U.S.), L.L.L.P., p.…

St. Stephen's Green.

St. Stephen's Green This picture shows people relaxing in deck chairs.

Saint Stephen's Green. National Library - Reference Number: VAL…

The Fruit Markets

The ornate Victorian Fruit and Vegetable Market in Smithfield was extensively restored in the late 1990s. Approximately 30 independent fruit, vegetable, flower and fish traders were housed in the Market. Interviewee Angela McFarland lived in this…

Marie Murphy remembers the different types of work undertaken by her family

In this extract Marie Murphy remembers the different work her family did. In particular she remembers her mothers fruit and veg stall which has been in her family since her grandmother. Marie now works on the stall as does her…

Marie Murphy talks about her fruit and veg stall which has been in her family for three generations

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In this extract Marie Murphy talks about the fruit stall that has been in her family since her grandmother ran it.…

Seamus Marken talks about his work as a journeyman butcher in Sumerhill and in Moore Street

In this extract Seamus Marken talks about his work as a journeyman butcher in Summerhill and in Moore Street. He says that journeymen butchers were a very proud people in Dublin at one time. He says that he finished working as a journeyman butcher…

Jim Quinn talks about his experiences working on the merchant ships out of Dublin port

In this extract Jim Quinn talks about his experiences working on the merchant ships out of Dublin port. He worked on coasts and remembers travelling all around the coasts of the UK, and Europe. He also remembers running with oil ships across the…

Jim Quinn remembers starting work as a seaman when he was 16 years old

In this extract Jim Quinn says that he began working as a seaman when he was 16 years old and he worked there until retirement at age…

Hugh Smullen remembers the instability of employment and the various jobs he undertook

In this extract Hugh Smullen remembers being made unemployed from the delivery job in the flour mills. At this time he was married and had just started a family. He remembers he started working in the coal yard delivering coal. However this work was…

Hugh Smullen describes the very physical work that he undertook during his life

In this extract Hugh Smullen describes the very physical work that he undertook when he worked as a delivery man for the flour mill. He remembers lifting 20 stone bags of wheat or flour on his back and carrying them onto the delivery lorries. He…

Eileen McCann remembers starting work in a solicitor's firm when she was 55 years old

In this extract Eileen McCann remembers starting work in a solicitors firm when she was 55 years old. She worked there until she had to retire at 65. She tells us that she loved working here and that she got on very well. She worked in administration…

Betty Watson reflects on the expectations she had as a young woman.

In this extract Betty Watson reflects on the expectations she had as a young woman. She observes that like most women she focused her attention on getting married and settling down with a nice family. She remarks that things are very different now…

Holles Street Hospital, 1936

Holles Street Hospital. According to a section of the Irish Statute Book 1936: "...the National Maternity Hospital situate in Holles Street in the City of Dublin was founded in the year 1894 for the relief of poor lying-in women and for the treatment…

Holles Street maternity ward. 1935

This photograph shows a maternity ward in Holles Street Hospital c.1935. Note the immaculately starched uniforms of the nurses and the neat-and-tidy beds and cots of the patients.

Many of the interviewees were born in this hospital

Holles…

May Smullen remembers her sister was an excellent dressmaker.

In this extract May Smullen talks about how her sister was an excellent dressmaker. She remembers how her sister would make bomber jackets for her brother from her fathers old postman jackets when he had finished with them. She also remembers her…

Eileen McCann speaks about her family life and remembers things weren't that easy for her.

In this extract Eillen McCann speaks about her family life and remembers that things weren't that easy for her. She remembers that her husband was away at sea a lot which meant that she had the primary responsibility for her family, she says that she…

Angela McFarland remembers her early married life.

In this extract Angela McFarland tells us about her early married life. She says that her husband worked in the coal yard during the winter and the docks during the summer. She remembers that things were difficult for her at that time as she had full…

Hugh Smullen remembers how his father would sit in front of the fire and tell stories to the children.

In this extract Hugh Smullen tells us that he didn't have a telephone or even a radio for much of his childhood. He remembers how his father would sit in front of the fire and he would tell himself and his siblings…

Hugh Smullen interview recalls listening to the music of John McCormack on his gramophone.

In this extract Hugh Smullen remembers his gramophone and in particular listening to the music of John McCormack. He notes that he didn't have a telephone, television or even a radio for the most part of his early…

O'Connell Street, 1940s

O'Connell Street, 1940s Interesting war-time photo of O'Connell St. as many of the interviewees would have known it. This photograph of O'Connell Street during The Emergency shows a thoroughfare almost devoid of private vehicles. There are several…

Hugh Smullen remembers his first bike which is grandmother bought for him.

In this extract Hugh Smullen remembers his first bike which his Grandmother bought for him. He remembers a particular character who worked in the bike shop who would mend his bike for him for a reasonable price. He remembers that as a child he and…

Hugh Smullen recalls his first car which he bought with money that he won on the grand national.

In this extract Hugh Smullen remembers winning the money to buy a second hand car on the grand national. He remembers how he used to take the family out for the day on Saturdays with his car. They would all drive to Dollymount Strand in north Dublin…

Carmel O'Reilly remembers when she was a child she would often go with her family to the Shelley Banks.

In this extract Carmel O'Reilly recalls when she was a growing up around Ringsend she would often go with her family to the Shelley Banks. She remembers her father worked in the Pigeon House and so he would boil the kettle for them to have a cup of…

The Crystal Ballroom, South Anne Street, 1954

The Crystal Ballroom, South Anne Street. Another form of entertainment enjoyed by many Dubliners was dancing, as these comments from some interviewees indicates: “I did like dancing, I could, you know, if I was with someone that could dance I could…

National Ballroom, Parnell Square

For almost seventy years the National Ballroom, Parnell Square was a major dancing venue in Dublin. Most of the top Irish showbands appeared there. (A plaque outside the building commemorates the Miami Showband members murdered by the UVF in Northern…

Seamus Marken remembers his first dance in a ballroom in Galway.

In this extract Seamus Marken remembers his first dance in a ballroom in Galway in Seapoint. He was there when he was training with the FCA and he laughs remembering that he was not a great…

Jim Quinn talks about the dancehalls he went to as a young man.

In this extract Jim Quinn talks about the dancehalls he went to as a young man. He says that everybody went to dancehalls in those days, he laughs and says it was the only place you could meet…

Angela McFarland talks about her love of dancing.

In this extract Angela McFarland talks about her love of dancing. She remembers that when she was younger she would go to the Metropole dance hall every Sunday to see the showbands at the time. She describes the dancehalls and remembers the fun she…

Hugh Smullen remembers when he first started courting his now wife, May.

In this extract Hugh Smullen remembers when he first starting courting his now wife, May. He remembers that he used spend his tips from his delivery job bringing her out to the picture house and afterwards they would share a bag of chips and mug of…