Thursday 27 July 2017

Flashback: This is what Dublin looked like in the 1970s

Scenes from Grafton Street, Dublin, circa June 1971 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection).
Scenes from Grafton Street, Dublin, circa June 1971 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection).
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The Dandelion Market, dodgy tartan flares and traffic on Henry Street; these photos of 1970s Dublin will give you serious nostalgia.

This is the view from Talbot Street and North Earl Street in 1971, long before the spire dominated the skyline.

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(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection).

The Dandelion Market was hugely popular market held in Dublin during the seventies. It opened in 1970 on Pembroke Lane before moving to Leeson Close and then to St Stephens Green. It was the venue for one of U2's first gigs, and closed in 1981. This is trader William Costello with a customer at the market in 1971.

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(Part of the Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Collection)

The view down North Earl Street in December 1971, with Duffy's, Madigans and Boyers Department store in view.

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(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection).

A Dublin playground during the seventies.

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(Part of the Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Collection)

By the early 1970s the idea of pedestrianising Grafton Street was being put into action and in 1971 the first ‘experiment’ began to clear the thoroughfare of motor traffic. Here a Gardai stands on the street to prevent traffic driving down it. It was formally pedestrianised in the early 1980s and the process was eventually finished with the final granite slab laid on June 28, 1988.

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(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection)

Christchurch in Dublin 8 in May, 1975.

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(Part of the Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Collection)

The Fureys and Davey Arthur at a reception in Madigans Pub in Doonybrook, circa April 1979. Two years later the band would achieve worldwide success with their hit song When You Were Sweet Sixteen.

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(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection).

A family out shopping on O'Connell Street in 1973.

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(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection)

The One Direction of the seventies, Scottish five-piece the Bay City Rollers were in Dublin in February 1975, posing at the Gresham Hotel.

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(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection)

To see more photos likes this visit Independent Archives, where all images can be bought as a high quality print.

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