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An image from the lovely Elinor Wiltshire to start this week after the August bank holiday. Fitzwilliam Street Lower Houses on St. Stephen's Green in the process of destruction, while high up are posters for Fianna Fáil with an image of the leader and the slogan "Let Lemass Lead on"!

With some of the family I recently visited the museum at 14 Henrietta Street, and one of the images that came up was one of Elinor's from Ballymun, with the young girls we have already seen and identified. It gave me a lift to see her work, and its association with a time in Dublin!

Photographer: Elinor Wiltshire

Collection: Wiltshire Photographic Collection

Date: April 1965

NLI Ref: WIL 14[4]

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    O Mac

    • 08/Aug/2023 08:11:32

    Sadly demolished in 1965 to make way for the ESB head office maps.app.goo.gl/hoZiXDFxqcAcVdMT7

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    Irish251

    • 08/Aug/2023 08:15:33

    The car is a late-model Ford Prefect.

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    suckindeesel

    • 08/Aug/2023 08:25:43

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/91549360@N03/ Just another act of civic vandalism, for which no one was ever charged. I think the ESB have since moved out.

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    suckindeesel

    • 08/Aug/2023 08:31:30

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/24101413@N03/ Probably late ‘59 car reg Edit: late 1960

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 08/Aug/2023 08:32:59

    On a previous visit the street was wet ... https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/52343702062/in/photolist-2nKr9ZL-2oUmEA7

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    suckindeesel

    • 08/Aug/2023 08:44:45

    Looks like Dublin South Central election of April 1965

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 08/Aug/2023 09:53:24

    Recent news (July 2023) - "The ESB is to team up with the Irish Heritage Trust to develop No 12 Fitzwilliam Street Lower as a museum of Georgian Dublin." See - www.irishtimes.com/ireland/dublin/2023/07/05/esb-and-iris...

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 08/Aug/2023 10:38:19

    OOPS !! We are not in Fitzwilliam Street Lower !! 💡💡 💡 💡 I thought something was odd with the archways, so checked ... SKERRY'S COLL[E]GE was at 76 St Stephen's Green, according to - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skerry%27s_College#Skerry's_College... Google Maps shows the building on the right is still standing - goo.gl/maps/JnuMpxCTTYioTdQu6

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 08/Aug/2023 10:39:58

    Also means the long southerly south-easterly shadows are right ...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Aug/2023 10:48:36

    Nearby in 1964: Holding back the tide of progress.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Aug/2023 10:55:12

    Registration YZA 294: Dublin County AZA 1 to YZA 999 (Oct 1959 – Jan 1961);

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Aug/2023 11:05:06

    The office block which replaced 74-76 is in the in the DIA as by Downes and Meehan

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Aug/2023 11:06:45

    #76 was previously altered in 1920

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Aug/2023 11:12:30

    The surviving house at right is from 1765 per the NIAH, so these demolished ones were probably similarly old.

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 08/Aug/2023 11:24:56

    The lovely Elinor took another photo from a similar angle including a distinctive bollard - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000047703 - which is one of several still there - goo.gl/maps/GLfNSarjkVGsY4h46 Edit - Sometimes Flickr is amazing. In 2015 [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia/53103041576/in/dateposted/] And an oblique view which makes me think the Ford Prefect belonged to the builder John Fearon & Sons, from the sturdy roof rack with ladder holder. Who else but the builder would have the confidence to park beneath a house being demolished ?! catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000047710

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Aug/2023 11:41:32

    The houses being demolished stood for 200 years. The offices that replaced them have all themselves been demolished and replaced in the 60 years since.

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 08/Aug/2023 11:45:12

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Yes, Elinor revisited in 1969, and inadvertently showed the new building - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000049532

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/Aug/2023 12:08:09

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Well done, St Stephens Green it is.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Aug/2023 14:07:28

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland From that later shot, I recognize the office building as one that my father worked in for a while in the late 60s or early 70s.

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    Architecture of Dublin

    • 08/Aug/2023 14:21:01

    I have an Instagram post on the demolitions from a few month's back. It was replaced with what was known as Colmstock House. It went through a wholesale retrofit where only the frame was kept in 2007. www.instagram.com/p/Cs6wNlJrYl5/?img_index=1 "65-68 St Stephen's Green South around the year 1968. The buildings were demolished soon after to be replaced with Tyndall Hogan Hurley's Canada House in 1972. Between 1965 and 1972 twelve 4-storey over basement Georgian houses were demolished along the south side of the green leading to Earlsfort Terrace. Canada house had a wholsesale refurbishment in 1988 which saw its limestone paneling replaced. However, despite being only recently constructed, the building was still in a decrepit and crumbling condition. It was later demolished in 2013 and replaced with Aercap House. Of the other three office blocks to replace the 12 Georgian houses, Hainault House at 69-71 (1967) was also demolished and replaced in 2019 while what was formerly known as Colmstock House at number 75 (previously 72-76), had a wholesale retrofit in 2007 which saw only the frame of the building maintained." www.archiseek.com/2010/2007-no-75-st-stephens-green-dublin/

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    Carol Maddock

    • 08/Aug/2023 14:23:32

    Let Lemass Lead On was a great and simple slogan, and it appeared a lot in the newspapers in March / April 1965 in the run-up to the election. Politicians today would be very jealous of the crowds that turned out for the final Fianna Fáil rally in Dublin before the election.

    Thousands stood in the rain outside the G.P.O. in O'Connell Street to give Mr. Lemass the most rousing reception in his nationwide campaign as he addressed the final Fianna Fáil rally. Crowds had been arriving for an hour before the meeting, and the attendance was constantly swelled by contingents from the different Dublin constituencies. These contingents were led by bands and carried banners and placards with the slogan Let Lemass Lead On By the time Mr. Lemass arrived, the crowd stretched from Nelson Pillar right across the street and down to the corner of Abbey Street. ... By the time the Taoiseach came to speak, rain was falling heavily and umbrellas were up, but the crowd had grown until it wound around the Pillar and into North Earl Street. As the Taoiseach came to the rostrum, the platform party rose, prolonged cheering broke out and continued until he raised his hands for silence. The television cameras whirred, photographer's flashes were switched, on and the "Soldiers of the Legion of the Rearguard" again echoed over the loudspeaker.
    However, in the midst of all the faithful and their FF fervour, some unbelievers made their presence known. Enthusiastic heckling broke out. Eggs were thrown at Lemass. The Gardaí moved in, a fist-fight broke out, and the hecklers were removed... (Irish Press, 7 April 1965)

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    suckindeesel

    • 08/Aug/2023 20:03:43

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/47297387@N03/ We were very naive in those times and believed in the politicians. Disillusionment has now crept in and the only large turnout now would be for a celebrity funeral or a retuning football team. Perhaps we’ve grown up a little since those times.

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    Carol Maddock

    • 09/Aug/2023 12:15:37

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/184711311@N04 A little healthy scepticism is a good thing, I think. Having an almost religious fervour and firmly held belief in the "rightness" of a cause or party is what causes problems, in the past and now.

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    RETRO STU

    • 10/Aug/2023 11:47:35

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley So right!

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    RETRO STU

    • 10/Aug/2023 11:48:41

    A sad and sorry sight indeed. A shame on all them responsible.