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Theatre in appeal for 'auld' pics and stories

A theatre wants the public's memories of its rich and varied history in the "rare auld times."

Smock Alley Theatre, in Temple Bar, is appealing for stories, pictures and memorabilia.

Dating back to 1662, it was the first custom built theatre in Dublin, but over the centuries has housed a whiskey store, a church with boys and girls schools attached and even a Viking Adventure Centre, before coming full circle and reopening as a theatre again last April.

"A lot of people would have passed through the schools or attended the church who might now be living in the suburbs," Ronan Quinn of Smock Alley Theatre said. "We're planning an exhibition that will focus on peoples' personal stories."

The most interesting will be compiled as Smock Stories and made available on a "listening post" in Smock Alley in December where visitors can listen in using headphones.

Closing date for submissions is November 16.