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Tram exhibition in Clerys for those at a Luas end

COMMUTERS can gain get on track with an insight into the history of trams in Dublin in a new exhibition in the city centre.

Visitors are taken on a journey of discovery from the days of horse-drawn trams to the modern day Luas and the current development of the Cross City project in the History of Trams in Dublin exhibition.

The display is free for visitors to Clerys department store in O'Connell Street and features a series of pictures and images outlining the development of trams across the city.

Storage The history project, curated by the Little Museum of Dublin, was officially opened in Clerys by Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe yesterday who said that the project was full of "marvellous material".

"The exhibition features the great tram heritage that our country has and there are some fantastic pieces explaining how Dublin was at the forefront of expanding this form of transport and the great contribution that it made to our city," he said.

All of the material featured in the exhibition was found in storage in Clerys or hung in offices or hallways during the recent renovation works carried out at the store following a change in ownership.

Clerys sales and merchandise manager Gerhard Scully said that the tram is an important part of the store's heritage.

"It is very important because it ties together two strands of Dublin's history, Clerys and trams. William Martin Murphy, who ran Clerys at the turn of the last century, was the great tram man and he had train building interests in various parts of the world," he said.

"Now the tram is coming back past our door," he added.

The exhibition will run in the department store until the end of 2014.