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September 6, 2021

33 Amazing Photos Capture Street Scenes of Dublin in the Early 1980s

Dublin is the capital and largest city of Ireland. Situated on a bay on the east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey, it lies within the province of Leinster. It is bordered on the south by the Dublin Mountains, a part of the Wicklow Mountains range.

Large parts of Georgian Dublin were demolished or substantially redeveloped in the mid-20th century during a boom in office building. After this boom, the recessions of the 1970s and 1980s slowed down the pace of building. Cumulatively, this led to a large decline in the number of people living in the centre of the city, and by 1985 the city had approximately 150 acres of derelict land which had been earmarked for development and 10 million square feet (900 thousand square meters) of office space.

Dublin is a contemporary and historical centre for Irish education, arts and culture, administration and industry. It is one of the top thirty cities in the world.

These amazing photos were taken by David Denny that show street scenes of Dublin in the early 1980s.

Kiosk at corner of Leeson Street and Adelaide Road, 1980

Dublin Arts Festival parade, 1980

Dublin street scenes, 1980

    Feeding the ducks, 1980

    Feeney's, 1980

Maureen's, 1980

National Library from DPS, 1980

Newly pedestrianized Grafton Street, 1980

O'Brien's pub, 1980

The Auld Dubliner pub, 1980

The Quays, 1980

Webbs Books shop, Aston Quay, 1980

Baggot Street, 1982

Bewleys - the legendary Lofty Clattery cafe, 1982

Busker outside Cecil Gee, Grafton Street, 1982

Donnybrook, 1982

Hot Rod, 1982

Moore Street dealers, with Arnotts Henry Street in background, 1982

New paving on Henry Street, 1982

O'Connell Bridge, 1982

The Ilac centre, 1982

Traffic on the Green, 1982

Typical Dublin scene, 1982

Young people at front gate, Greenhills, 1982

Crumlin Children's Hospital (seen from upstairs on #18 bus, St.Marys Road), 1983

3 Flower sellers on Grafton Street, circa 1983

Freemasons Hall, 1983

Grafton Street, circa 1983

Mulligan's pub, Poolbeg Street, 1983

O'Connell Street, 1983

Tele-rents on Grafton Street, circa 1983

Photographer on Dublin street, 1984

Sandycove, 1984


  1. Was swingers ever on Henry street around 1981

  2. Sorry...I typed switzers




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