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November 2, 2014

25 Amazing Vintage Photographs Capture Street Scenes of Dublin in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Dublin, unlike Belfast in the north, did not experience the full effect of the industrial revolution and as a result, the number of unskilled unemployed was always high in the city. Industries like the Guinness brewery, Jameson Distillery, and Jacob’s biscuit factory provided the most stable employment. New working class suburbs grew up in Kilmainham and Inchicore around them. Another major employer was the Dublin Tramways system, run by a private company – the Dublin United Tramway Company. Below is a collection of 25 amazing photographs that capture street scenes of Dublin from between the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Gorgeous bustling street scene taken at the corner of Earl Street and Sackville Street (now O'Connell Street), that also captures a great array of businesses in turn of the century Dublin.

Very bustling scene at College Green in Dublin, late 19th century.

Men surveying the wreckage of Linenhall Barracks in the aftermath of the Easter Rising in Dublin, May 1916.

The remains of the Dublin Bread Company at 6-7 Lower Sackville Street (now O'Connell Street) after the Easter Rising in 1916.

Pedestrians and traffic on North Circular Road, Dublin, looking towards St. Peter's Church, ca. 1915.

The corner of North Frederick Street and Hardwicke Street in Dublin, ca. 1912.

One moment in the life of late 19th/early 20th century Grafton Street in Dublin.

This is Main Street, Rathfarnham in Dublin, ca. 1905.

Parkgate Street in Dublin, ca. 1910.

This is the top of Haddington Road (known locally as Haddier) in Dublin - the Baggot Street Bridge end, ca. 1907.

February 9, 1924. Brand spanking new, and a snip at £360 - this is the Vulcan Demonstration Van. Its chassis could take 20-25 cwt., and it was distributed by B.T. Lambert Ltd., 3 Cornmarket, Dublin.

Westland Row, Dublin, ca. 1912.

Lovely candid shot of a woman passing a newsagents on Sackville Street (now O'Connell Street), Dublin, ca. 1902.

Funeral procession passing through Berkeley Street in Dublin, ca. 1897-1904.

View from around the corner on North Frederick Street and Hardwicke Street, Dublin, ca. 1912.

Hard at work assembling bicycles at a firm called O'Neill's, 1900.

Market Square, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, ca. 1900.

Main Street, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, late 19th century.

Funeral procession of Fenian Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa. Trams drew to a halt and crowds lined the streets as the coffin passed. O'Rossa had died on Staten Island on 29 June 1915, but his body was brought back to Ireland for burial in Glasnevin Cemetery.

Hearne's temporary new shop on the quayside in Waterford, 1915.

Abbey Street and Sackville Street (O'Connell Street) shelled, rubble remains, ca. 1916.

G.P.O. & Nelson Pillar, Dublin, ca. 1900.

Junction at Rathmines, Dublin, ca. 1911.

Waiting on Westland Row, ca. 1917.

Outside O'Doherty's Hotel at Ardmalin in Co. Donegal, ca. 1910.

(via National Library of Ireland)


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