The Five Lamps, Dublin

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Where: Dublin, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1964

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To finish off our week we stay in Dublin. We are on the North side of the City at an intersection that will see plenty of traffic this weekend, with the expectant followers of Tyrone, Dublin, Kerry and Galway making their way to the nearby Croke Park for the All Ireland minor and senior football finals on Sunday. What can you tell us about this Photo and the Filve Lamps? Have a great weekend.

Photographer: Elinor Wiltshire

Collection: Wiltshire Photographic Collection

Date: 1964

NLI Ref: WIL 13[11]

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 31/Aug/2018 06:40:32

    Up the Dubs....

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    Niall McAuley

    • 31/Aug/2018 07:17:08


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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 31/Aug/2018 07:25:36 I see the missing Lions head is back in place.

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    • 31/Aug/2018 07:43:04

    If that's a Ford Corsair outside Walden's and it's 1964, then that car is brand-new - they were launched the previous year. I can't make out what's inside the showroom, but it's probably another Corsair.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 31/Aug/2018 07:54:04

    I remember TV aerials everywhere.

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    • 31/Aug/2018 08:00:26

    Flickr is sometimes amazing! Also in 1964, via Not sure if this is by The Wiltshires; I can't find it in the NLI catalogue, amongst many other 'five lamp' photos -

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    abandoned railways

    • 31/Aug/2018 08:03:58

    The Five Lamps were put in place around 1880. They were originaly part of a fountain which was funded through a bequest of a General Henry Hall, of Merville House, Stillorgan.He had served in the army and as a Governor in India for many years He died on the 22 August 1875 and left £200 in his will for the provision of two drinking fountains "to encourage sobriety".

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    Ger Cos

    • 31/Aug/2018 09:08:42

    And you wil see this weekend how well Gen. Hall's vision of a sober Ireland has succeeded...

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    • 31/Aug/2018 09:52:50

    first thing I find with Google: Essentially it's a peculiarly Dublin way to tell someone to shut-up or to feck-off: 'Do you know the Five Lamps? Well go hang your bollox off them!'

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    • 31/Aug/2018 10:05:19 Very good....

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    Longford Library, Heritage & Archives

    • 31/Aug/2018 10:52:33 Talk about "the Five Lamp Boys coming on strong!"

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    • 31/Aug/2018 11:50:03 well said....

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    • 31/Aug/2018 11:50:51

    Wonderful Treasure

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    • 31/Aug/2018 15:03:32

    When I was young, the Five Lamps was such a well-known land mark, people always mentioned it when giving directions in that part of Dublin.

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    • 10/Sep/2018 22:40:39 So this was a temperance fountain?

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    Frank Fullard

    • 11/Sep/2018 12:04:15

    Thanks for the memories! I used to pass it on a daily basis around 1964 when this was probably taken! Happy days!

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    • 24/Oct/2018 14:55:40

    Born and raised in Portland Row which is one street that meets the five lamps, the other streets are Seville Place, Killarney St., Amiens St and North Strand road. My brother worked for Walden's and opened the branch in the photo on the corner of Portland Rd and N.Strand Rd. Later they extended it around to the showroom you see in the picture. What a great area to live and grow up in.Best of people, terrific sense of community, great neighbours all. Close to schools and techs, shops, library, clinic, town, churches, cinemas, doctors, train and buses, the royal canal, croke park, and the docks where my da worked and lot of the locals too. This is a beautiful photo. Thanks for posting it.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 25/Oct/2018 00:20:55

    Thanks - Always great to hear from those with a connection to our photos!