Journey Through Dublin City 1966

A journey through the streets of Dublin city in 1966. Broadcast on 14 February, 1966, 'Discovery' takes a look at the job of the Dublin bus driver.

While edited versions of this footage have been doing the rounds lately, RTÉ Archives presents here the complete footage of the journey from the quays, up to Christchurch, down Lord Edward Street, on to Dame Street, Westmorland Street and ending at D'Olier Street. The clip is taken directly from the original programme as it was broadcast. The commentary describes the training process for bus drivers and the qualities required of a bus driver.

Many changes have taken place around Dublin since this programme was filmed, and this is perhaps the most interesting aspect of this programme. One of the more obvious changes is the vision of Nelson's pillar which can be seen from the junction of Westmoreland Street and D'Olier Street. This episode of 'Discovery' was broadcast just weeks before Nelson's pillar was bombed on 8 March, 1966. The Spire is now on this site.

View of O'Connell Street, Dublin 1966 (From Westmoreland Street)
View of O'Connell Street, Dublin from Westmoreland Street with Nelson's Pillar visible in the distance (1966)

Other obvious changes to the cityscape include a pre-developed Wood Quay and the site where the Central Bank now stands on Dame Street.

'Discovery' was a documentary series broadcast on RTÉ between 1964 and 1967. 'Discovery', which first aired on Tuesday, 14 January, 1964 touched on many aspects of Irish life with an occasional spotlight on events of particular interest.

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