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Remembering rare auld times on city docks

A BRILLIANT photograph of Dublin children in the rare auld times is the nostalgic centrepiece for a photo exhibition of the Dublin quays.

The image, taken by renowned American photographer Erich Hartmann, shows siblings Robert, Maurice and Catherine O'Toole playing on Guinness barrels at City Quay in 1964.

Maurice (58) was present for the opening of the exhibition with his wife and one of his daughters. The middle boy in the snapshot, he remembers the photograph well: "We were playing on the barrels and a man came up to us and asked would we mind if he took our photograph.

"My uncle was across the road in Connaughty's pub, he came out and wanted to know if it was for a magazine and whether we were getting paid or not.

CHARACTERS

"MYSELF AND CATHERINE WERE ALWAYS PLAYING OVER ON THE BARRELS AS WE LIVED DIRECTLY ACROSS FROM WHERE THE GUINNESS BOATS CAME IN BEFORE HEADING FOR LIVERPOOL."

The Docklands Photo Exhibition is taking place in Ringsend over the weekend as part of the village's Gathering celebrations.

Along with the exhibition the public can try their hand at the Ringsend tradition of rowing a 19th-century boat at St Patrick's Rowing Club or simply sit quayside and watch the Stella Maris Regatta.

There were many other colourful local characters present at the exhibition.

Noel Murphy (75) worked as a docker for 49 years after a career at sea.

He recalled: "You had to be tough, working from 10 in the morning til 11 at night. You had comradeship for life working a job like that."

May Kane (69) had brought her father's 'button' to the exhibition. "You had to have a button to get work. My father worked the docks from the 1940s and then passed it on to my brother when he retired."

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