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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.

AAO077 Smithfield Weighbridge 1973

AAO077 Smithfield Weighbridge 1973

Smithfield Weughbridge 1973

The Smithfield area is the oldest extant market area in Dublin. The Ormond Market, located nearby, was operating from the end of the 17th century. In the 1890s the area was repaved to make a cleaner environment for the animals and indeed the punters. The cattle section of the market eventually outgrew the space and was relocated near the North Circular Road but the rest of the market survived, notably the Horse Market, for which Smithfield is best known. The market continues today, albeit on a much smaller scale than previously. During the 1990s and 2000s Smithfield became the subject of redevelopment and a massive urban renewal project.

The weighbridge was used for checking the weight of goods sold in the market area, and was one of the eight the market originally housed. Read more »

AAO076 Smithfield 1976

AAO076 Smithfield 1976

Smithfield 1986

The Smithfield area is the oldest extant market area in Dublin. The Ormond Market, located nearby, was operating from the end of the 17th century. In the 1890s the area was repaved to make a cleaner environment for the animals and indeed the punters. The cattle section of the market eventually outgrew the space and was relocated near the North Circular Road but the rest of the market survived, notably the Horse Market, for which Smithfield is best known. The market continues today, albeit on a much smaller scale than previously. During the 1990s and 2000s Smithfield became the subject of redevelopment and a massive urban renewal project.

 The chimney shown was originally part of the Jameson Distillery complex. Read more »

AAO075 Smithfield 1973

AAO075 Smithfield 1973

Smithfield 1983

The Smithfield area is the oldest extant market area in Dublin. The Ormond Market, located nearby, was operating from the end of the 17th century. In the 1890s the area was repaved to make a cleaner environment for the animals and indeed the punters. The cattle section of the market eventually outgrew the space and was relocated near the North Circular Road but the rest of the market survived, notably the Horse Market, for which Smithfield is best known. The market continues today, albeit on a much smaller scale than previously. During the 1990s and 2000s Smithfield became the subject of redevelopment and a massive urban renewal project.

This photo is from the Dublin City Photographic Collection. This unique collection is an educational resource and provides a basis for original research on the history of Dublin in the second half of the twentieth century. Read more »

AAO074 Grafton Street Flower Seller 1980s

AAO074 Grafton Street Flower Seller 1980s

Flower Sellers, Grafton Street, 1980s

This street has seen many changes since the 1980s, and many large retailers have come and gone since then, but  flower sellers are still a feature of Grafton Street, as they have been since the 18th century.

This photo is from the Dublin City Photographic Collection. This unique collection is an educational resource and provides a basis for original research on the history of Dublin in the second half of the twentieth century.

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AAO072 Site of Cattle Market

AAO072 Site of Cattle Market

Cattle Market Social Housing 1978/80

After moving from Smithfield, the Cattle Market was based close to the North Circular Road, bounded by Aughrim Street and Prussia Street. It opened in 1863 and continued to trade until the early 1970s, when local marts and a decline in the export of live cattle brought about  its demise. The market area was replaced with social housing.

This photo is from the Dublin City Photographic Collection. This unique collection is an educational resource and provides a basis for original research on the history of Dublin in the second half of the twentieth century. Read more »

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