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Central Model School, Marlborough Street

The Central Model School Marlborough Street was attended by interviewee Hugh Smullen. Famous past-pupils of the school include Sean O'Casey and George Bernard Shaw.

Interviewee Hugh Smullen attended this school - Link to extract from 'The Politics…

Betty Watson notes that she has worked throughout her life beginning when she was 14.

In this extract Betty Watson remembers that she has worked throughout her life beginning when she was 3 weeks short of her 14th birthday. She remembers that she had to stop work when she got married but that she restarted in her married name.…

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Carmel O'Reilly talks about the expectation when she was a young mother to stay at home and mind her children.

In this extract Carmel O'Reilly tells us that when her children were young the expectation at the time as that women stayed at home to mind them. She remembers that did cleaning jobs a night but her primary responsibility was to look after her…

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Betty Dempsey talks about how her mother would go out at all hours of the night delivering babies or caring for the dead in the community.

In this extract Betty Dempsey remembers her mother used to go out at all hours delivering babies or caring for the dead in the community. She notes that her mother died quite young, at 48, from pneumonia which she caught while out during the…

Betty Watson talks about her husband's job in the gas company.

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In this extract Betty Watson speaks about her husbands job in the gas company.…

Betty Watson compares her life to that of her mother and remembers that her mother had a hard life.

In this extract Betty Watson recalls how her mother used to take bundles of washing to the wash house on Tara Street in order to earn extra money to support her family. Betty notes that her life is very different now to her mothers and she remembers…

Marie Murphy describes the type of housing she lived in during her childhood and her early married years.

This is a description of the type of housing lived in during her childhood and the early years of marriage. It includes references to the Pearse Street…

Dublin tenement life : an oral history [extract: pages 26-34]

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Originally published, 1994. ISBN 0717140741 (pbk.), 9780717140749 (pbk.)…

Health and housing policy shifts [pages 176-183] in 'Dublin slums, 1800-1925 : a study in urban geography' [by Jacinta Prunty]

Images of pages 176-183 of: Dublin slums, 1800-1925 : a study in urban geography / Jacinta Prunty. - Dublin : Irish Academic Press, 1999, c1998. - xvii, 366 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm. - Includes bibliographies and index. ISBN 0716525380…

Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1931

Includes: PART III HOUSING OF THE WORKING CLASSES 19 Power of local authority to require repair of insanitary house. 20 Enforcement of notice requiring execution of repairs. 21 Recovery of expenses of repair from occupier. …

Housing Bill, 1930: Second Stage (Resumed), 13 - 19 June, 1930

"...I wonder if any of us ever sit down and consider, take it home to ourselves personally, what it means to live even on 50/- a week, and consider further what it means to live on 24/- a week, which is the general rate of wages paid to…

Vote 41: Local Government and Public Health (Resumed), 23 April, 1936

“There are 1,600 basements in the City of Dublin occupied to-night. I do not suggest that the whole 1,600 are unfit for human habitation but I do say from my knowledge that the larger number are and should be closed up. Life in them and the…

The housing problem in Ireland and Great Britain and the essentials of its solution

The aim of the present paper is to focus public opinion on the Housing Question, to press its urgency, and to appeal for individual and collective effort to aid in utilising fully the liberal provisions made by the Legislature to cope with this great…

Slum clearance in Dublin

Residents of Dublin have frequently had their attention called to the fact that many persons in the city are badly housed. Those who live in better houses and localities know in a vague and general way that slums exist, that the poor occupy dwellings…

Managing Motherhood: Negotiating a Maternity Service for Catholic Mothers in Dublin, 1930–1954

There has been a considerable body of research into maternal and child welfare in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Britain and western Europe. The emphasis has been predominantly on the role of fertility decline, war and the emergence of…

The mortality from tuberculosis in Saorstát Éireann: a statistical study

There were 3,774 deaths from tuberculosis in Saorstát Éireann in 1929, or 128 per 100,000 of the estimated population. For the fourth year in succession declines have been recorded. The rate in 1929 was 6.6% less than the rate in 1928,…

Irish tuberculosis death rates: a statistical study of their reliability, with some socio-economic correlations

In an important paper which was published in the Journal of this Society for 1930, Geary surveyed Irish tuberculosis statistics. This communication has as its first aim to analyse along similar lines the figures of the decade 1926-36. Various points…

Unskilled labour in Dublin: its housing and living conditions

Perhaps the greatest difficulty in the way of the social reformer is his lack of adequate information. He perceives, as all, who are not blind or deaf, must perceive, that all is not well with the commonwealth, that large numbers of the population…

Today and yesterday: two housing inquiries 1914 and 1936: part 2

...Sternly resisted by the Housing Committee in 1914 as "wildcat" proposals of idealists, the philosophy ultimately went home. Today every suburban site then proposed is covered with wage-earners cottages and gardens and Crumlin, with its…

Today and yesterday: two housing inquiries 1914 and 1936: part 1

Today and Yesterday Two Housing Inquiries - 1914 and 1936 by E.A. "How things change and yet remain unchanged! More than twenty-two years have flown by since - in the closing days of June 1914 - the Council Chamber of Dublin City Hall…

Dublin's big housing drive [image]

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Headline of Irish Times article from Saturday October 24th 1936…

Dublin's big housing drive: part 2

Dublin's Big Housing Drive - part 2 "... in considering the housing programme to be carried out each year, the Corporation had always in mind the abolition of the slums, and accordingly, where possible, selected areas in which the…

Stigma of the slums: Dublin doctor's disclosures part 2

"...And then the tenements must be pulled down, block by block, and modern flats with open spaces built around them instead. The policy of building outside the city while the slums are left in its centre is completely wrong. And merely…

Stigma of the slums: Dublin doctor's disclosures Part 1

Stigma of the Slums Part 1 Dublin Doctor's Disclosures What Fathers Should Tell Their Sons "If everyone present would acquaint himself with the conditions existing here, and then find out what is being done abroad, and finally…

Dublin's big housing drive: part 1

Dublin's Big Housing Drive Dwellings for 80,000 people The importance of the Housing Acts Inquiry opened on Tuesday in the City Hall was shown in the large attendance of persons concerned in the matters that the Local Government Board…

Corporation excused: collapse of Dublin house

Corporation Excused Collapse of Dublin House Judgement for the Defendants (Before the President of the High Court and a Jury) The hearing was concluded of the action of Mrs Elzabeth Callaghan, Townsend Street Dublin, against the Dublin…

House stripped of timber

Picture of an Irish Times headline on February 3rd 1938 from a court report on the collapse of No.8 Asylum Yard which killed two children and injured…

Deaths of two children

Deaths of Two Children Mentioned in Court Case Dublin House Collapsed (Before the President of the High Court and a Jury) Mrs Elizabeth Callaghan, Townsend Street, claimed damages against the Dublin Corporation for injuries caused to her…

City children killed: inquest adjourned

City Children Killed Inquest Adjourned Dr J.P. Shanley, Deputy City Coroner, opened and adjourned an inquest in Sir Patrick Dun's Hospital, Dublin on Saturday on the two children who died following injuries received when an unoccupied…

'Dublin's Slum Evil'

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Jim Quinn describes the first house in lived in on Bath Avenue in Dublin city.

In this extract Jim Quinn describes the first house he lived in on Bath Avenue in Dublin City, he talks particularly about the toilet which was down the end of a very long garden. He says you practically had to go on safari to get to it! He then goes…

Children playing in yard of Morgan's Cottages

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Note chickens in background (RSAI)…

Cole's Lane, looking towards Henry Street

Cole's Lane, looking towards Henry Street. Anglesea Market. This busy street scene shows market traders with laden stalls. The merchandise appears to consist principally of furniture and clothing.

Cole's Lane, looking towards Henry Street c. 1913…

Angle Court (Beresford Street - North King Street), c.1913

Angle Court (Beresford Street - North King Street)This image shows some shabby, but not entirely delapidated houses. To the forefront of the picture can be seen the communal water pump and a wash tub. Drying laundry is suspended in front of the house…