View of O'Connell Bridge and monument, Dublin

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Where: 55 Aston Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1928

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The focus of much attention 100 years ago and totally destroyed at the end of Easter Week, here we have a view of a rebuilt and apparently reinvigorated O'Connell Bridge and Street. The place is abuzz on a bright day with plenty of cars parked on the bridge of all places.

With thanks to today's contributors, and based on the mobile advertising hoarding with posters for a university sports day, it seems likely that this image is circa May 1928.


Photographer: Unknown

Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: c.1910-1930 (though likely 1928 based on advertising poster visible)

NLI Ref: Eas 1739

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    sharon.corbet

    • 05/May/2016 07:50:51

    The Grand Central Cinema only opened in 1921, so it is presumably after that.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 05/May/2016 08:05:53

    There are some Z registered cars present (e.g. Z 100, Z 483) which according to wikipedia means they date from March 1927 to 1938.

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    DannyM8

    • 05/May/2016 08:11:16

    The sports day being advertised is to take place on Saturday 26th May 1928 - so the photo was taken very soon before that date I would think.

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    derangedlemur

    • 05/May/2016 08:47:20

    No clock on Clery's. The original was installed in 1922.

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    swordscookie back and trying to catch up!

    • 05/May/2016 09:12:43

    Stunning shot, all human life is there!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 05/May/2016 09:29:13

    There is a visible clock to the right of Nelson's Pillar, which I think says near 15:25, almost confirmed by the hour hand just visible at the side of that old Gunpowder building (sorry, can't remember the name of the jewellers). Which is a similar time as this one - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/8574543162/]

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 05/May/2016 09:32:50

    I think the two photos were taken from exactly the same location - if you look at the relative position of the Pillar to the Gunpowder building. Some enterprising Flickroonie might be tempted to make an anim ... ...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 05/May/2016 09:49:05

    Also from the same position (!) a Pathe news 1916 streetview showing the destruction before this rebuild - youtu.be/K9HADnn3fmA

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    RETRO STU

    • 05/May/2016 11:03:11

    There's a horse-drawn prison van and another horse-drawn van for Joseph Downes Bakery of North Earl Street. Downes Bakery built a big new premises on Jamestown Road, Finglas and moved there about 1962. Later called Butterkrust Bakery and now part of Johnson, Mooney & Brien Bakery group. I remember them as Downes in the 60's and back then, they used to bake a wonderful range of cream buns and cakes in addition to their range of bread loaves.

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    RETRO STU

    • 05/May/2016 11:10:49

    It's a funny thing how everyone wore hats back then. Every man and woman in that pic is wearing a hat or cap of some kind, not a single bare-headed adult to be seen!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/May/2016 11:24:06

    I think the cinema is showing a fillum called Something KNIGHTS, possibly Two Arabian Knights A Newspaper Archive search says that fillum was playing around the 15th to 24th of May 1928, lining up perfectly with [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] 's sports day poster.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/May/2016 11:37:51

    I never heard of "University park, Terenure" before. Wikipedia says : 1913 - University Park, Terenure became the base of UCD sports clubs between 1913 and 1934 - although the landlord would not sell the site to the university. The DIA says they built a sports pavilion in 1919.

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 05/May/2016 12:57:20

    Wiki has another view from the 1930s, doesn't look as busy a place as in this photo. commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Straight_On_or_Left_or_Ri...

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    sam2cents

    • 05/May/2016 13:11:15

    Amazing image. Beautiful sunshine that day too from the looks of things.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/May/2016 14:13:48

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] That one is from here, too: Straight On or Left or Right to Westmoreland Street Only

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/May/2016 14:24:06

    5 years earlier in the nli archive.

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    ken Dowdall

    • 05/May/2016 20:54:34

    Love this there is certainly plenty of life I really like all the cars and the horse drawn police wagon.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 05/May/2016 21:06:00

    It is slightly spooky to look at the contemporary ground-level streetview - goo.gl/maps/Ba4tjWrEXc62 - and imagine all these Ghosts of Photographs Past.

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    A. P. L.

    • 05/May/2016 21:49:28

    And at present, in realtime, the entire scene would contain major road works for the LUAS tram extension, which is currently causing absolute chaos in central Dublin!

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    christianiani

    • 05/May/2016 22:00:07

    Trams, trams and more trams!! I love this picture...and the trams!!

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    guliolopez

    • 05/May/2016 23:27:00

    Loving this one. So much to see. One imagines this wasn't more than a few days before the university sports event advertised for Saturday 28 May 1928 (the young fella leading the donkey-drawn hoarding up O'Connell Bridge is unlikely to be doing so too long before or after the event). As usual for shots of this period, apart from one studenty looking chap on the bridge, only younger children are bare-headed. I find it interesting that the omnibus passing Hamilton-Long's / Central Cinema / Ulster Bank has "Ben Hur" written on the side (hardly evoking a spirit of sedate or comfortable travel :) )

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 05/May/2016 23:53:58

    Thanks all! In a less busy shot we might focus on one highlight, like the posters, and eek-out extra detail on that. However, there's so much going-on here that there's no single natural focal point. Which is great to see. Certainly Dublin looks every bit the bustling economic centre in this shot, at a time when the relatively young state was growing economically (the first banknotes were created by and for the state after the summer of 1928...)

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    ckoshea1

    • 16/May/2016 10:52:22

    Hopkins & Hopkins on the corner made the Sam Maguire cup, which was first presented to Kildare ... in 1928!