Sunday 4 December 2016

Flashback: See how Dublin's famous Moore Street has changed in 55 years

Published 09/05/2016 | 10:31

Moore Street, Dublin, October 27th 1961
Moore Street, Dublin, October 27th 1961
Barbara Brannigan from East Wall, Dublin purchasing tulips in Moore St, Dublin in Feb 1986 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection)
Liz Scully, a Moore St trader in Dublin selling Canary Island frozen tomatoes in February 1986 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection)

It's been the centre of buying, selling, gossiping and, more recently, protesting since the mid-1850s.

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Moore Street was originally named after a family of planters who arrived in Ireland in the middle of the sixteenth century.

Now, it is host to Dublin's oldest food market and an ongoing controversy over the proposed destruction of some of the buildings.

The Moore family arrived in Ireland in the mid-1500s and were awarded the land for their services to Britain.

Barbara Brannigan from East Wall, Dublin purchasing tulips in Moore St, Dublin in Feb 1986 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection)
Barbara Brannigan from East Wall, Dublin purchasing tulips in Moore St, Dublin in Feb 1986 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection)

In 1728, the First Earl of Drogheda Henry Moore founded Moore Street along with Earl Street, Henry Street and Drogheda Street (we see what he was doing here), which is now O'Connell Street.

Moore Street was buzzing by the 1850s and was home to an architect's business as well as a printer, mattress maker and a few food shops.

Liz Scully, a Moore St trader in Dublin selling Canary Island frozen tomatoes in February 1986 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection)
Liz Scully, a Moore St trader in Dublin selling Canary Island frozen tomatoes in February 1986 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection)

The markets that used to take place nearby spread onto Moore Street and, by the beginning of the 1900s, the street was famed for its local food produce.

It has played witness to many an interesting story, including the events of 1916 when the Provisional Government took the decision to surrender following the 1916 Easter Rising.

Moore Street has recently hit the headlines due to the plans to develop parts of the street into a commercial complex. The battle has been played out in a courtroom and last month a judge declared a number of the buildings a battlefield site worthy of "unique commemoration".

Our flashback photographs

Moore Street (images are exactly 55 and 30 years ago, plus a current one)

•         86 moore street 2 (Barbara Brannigan from East Wall purchasing frozen tulips in Moore St Feb 1986)

•         86 moore st 1 (Liz Scully, a Moore St trader selling Canary Island frozen tomatoes, Feb 1969)

•         Moore (Moore Street, Dublin, October 27th 1961)

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