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These images are primarily taken from the Dublin City Council Photographic Collection. This collection consists of photographs taken by Dublin Corporation/Dublin City Council staff and dates from the 1950s onwards. It is a unique visual record of the history of Dublin and Dubliners. Included are galleries on Dublin buildings such as pubs, churches and shops, and historic events associated with the city including the 1974 Bombings. New galleries are created on a regular basis. | Copyright Notice.

DITD037 Jeanie Johnston Ship

DITD037 Jeanie Johnston Ship

Jeanie Johnston

This tall ship, called the Jeanie Johnston, is docked on Custom House Quay at the Liffey and is only accessible by guided tour. It is a faithful reproduction of the original boat built in 1847 in Quebec, Canada by the Scottish shipbuilder John Munn. The reproduction was designed by Fred Walker, former Chief Naval Architect with the Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England.
During the Great Famine this ship carried over 2500 emigrants safely from Ireland to North America on 16 voyages. Nobody ever lost their lives on this ship even though conditions on board were difficult. This was due to the efforts of the ship’s captain, Captain Castletownshend and the ship's doctor, Dr Richard Blennerhassett. Read more »

DITD036 City Wall and Gate

DITD036 City Wall and Gate

Dublin City Wall and Gate

Above is a doorway in Dublin’s medieval City Wall. The wall and gates were built in 1240 AD. This gate is in Cook Street just behind of St. Audoen’s Church, south of the River Liffey. That’s why it is known as St. Audoen’s Gate.

Formerly, the City Wall and Gates were erected to protect the inhabitants in the city. It was one of the main entrances in the medieval city and is now in a state of good preservation after being restored in 1976. The gate leads up through a narrow alley around the sides of the church.

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DITD035 Graveyard

DITD035 Graveyard

St. John's Graveyard

This is the graveyard of St. John the Evangelist Church in Tonlegee Road in Coolock. It was in use from 1688 on for both Roman Catholics and adherents of the Church of Ireland but it is now closed.

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DITD034 Grotto

DITD034 Grotto

Grotto, Meath Street

This is a Grotto dedicated to the Lady of Lourdes. It is situated next to the Roman-Catholic church of St. Catherine’s on Meath Street.

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DITD033 Summerhill Parade

DITD033 Summerhill Parade

Summerhill Parade

This statue with playing children is placed in Summerhill. It is designed to commemorate children playing in the streets back in the old days. Street games such as "Beds" (hopscotch), skipping and ball games were very popular with children in these areas, right up until the 1970s.

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DITD032 Grand Canal

DITD032 Grand Canal

Patrick Kavanagh’s Seat

The Irish poet and novelist Patrick Kavanagh (1904-1967) is regarded as one of the foremost Irish poets of the 20th century. In remembrance of him this statue on a bench was erected in 1968 by his friends. It is placed at the Grand Canal inspired by his poem "Lines written on a Seat on the Grand Canal, Dublin":

O commemorate me where there is water
Canal water preferably, so stilly
Greeny at the heart of summer. Brother
Commemorate me thus beautifully.

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