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A tale of two cities: rebuilding Dublin and London
Hopkin's Corner on Eden Quay after the Easter Rising from 'Dublin After the Six Days' Insurrection Photo: DigitalLibrary@Villanova University

A tale of two cities: rebuilding Dublin and London

Dublin, 21 March 1917 - There has been widespread praise for the manner in which an extensive area in the East End of London has been rebuilt following a German Zeppelin attack.

That attack – and the bombs that were dropped – led to extensive fire damage across several streets, but the speed of reconstruction has been deeply impressive.

By contrast, Irish observers have been struck by the absence of progress in rebuilding Dublin in the aftermath of the Rising. An Irish Independent editorial has remarked that as long as the British Ministry of Munitions refuses to permit the import of necessary materials – notably steel joists and lead – the Government were delaying the reconstruction of the business centre of Dublin.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]


Century Ireland

The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.