Monday 20 November 2017

Dockland snaps give glimpse of Dublin in the rare auld times

Grainne Cunningham

PHOTOGRAPHS providing a stark reminder of how dramatically Dublin and its residents have changed over the last century go on show at a free exhibition today.

The images, from the Dublin Port company's archive, date back to 1886 and show old views of the port and bridges over the River Liffey as well as dockers loading Guinness, beef and other exports on to ships.

A photograph, dating from the late-1800s, depicting Butt Bridge would be unrecognisable to modern-day Dubliners.

The iconic Liberty Hall building has not yet been built and work on widening the bridge has only just begun.

There are no cars on the bridge and only a few bicycles, while in the foreground stands a barefooted boy. Another image, dating from the 1920s, captures rows and rows of flat-capped workers from the "pole field" where men coated electricity poles in creosote.

The exhibition, at Dublin Port Company's offices on Alexandra\ Road, will remain open to the public throughout the forthcoming East Wall History Week that starts tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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