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New housing scheme for Dublin’s poor

New housing scheme for Dublin’s poor

Pembroke, 14 September 1916 - A new housing scheme in the Dublin suburb of Pembroke was opened today. The scheme cost £125,000 and will provide accommodation for 579 working-class families. Chief Secretary Duke spoke at the opening ceremony - his first time addressing an Irish audience in Ireland. He stated that the housing...

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Plans for the reconstruction of Dublin postponed

Plans for the reconstruction of Dublin postponed

Westminster, 10 August 1916 - The Dublin Reconstruction Bill which was supposed to be passed by the House of Commons in London yesterday was withdrawn after a lengthy discussion. The Bill was opposed by Sir Edward Carson, who said that there had been inappropriate consideration of the fact that new powers were...

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Rebuilding Dublin

Rebuilding Dublin

A letter of recommendation for an architect appointed as part of a team to rebuild Dublin after the damage done during Easter week 1916, along with a sample drawing.   (Image: National Archives of Ireland, CSO RP 1916 9228 1) (Image: National Archive of Ireland, CSO RP 1916 9228 2)

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The Destruction of Dublin

The Destruction of Dublin

The 1916 Easter Rising damaged a variety of public and professional buildings and spaces in Dublin. Much of this destruction followed from rebels’ use of civic buildings as defensive positions, as well as the efforts of British forces to dislodge them. The centrality of the rebellion, which was concentrated on...

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Funerals of the victims of the Church Street tenement collapse held

Funerals of the victims of the Church Street tenement collapse held

This morning, masses at 8 o'clock and 10 o'clock were celebrated for the dead at St Michan's Church in the presence of large congregations. Afterwards, with the priests in tears, the remains were taken from the church and transported in hearses through the streets of the city, the procession...

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Tragedy in Dublin as tenements collapse

Tragedy in Dublin as tenements collapse

There were horrific scenes on Dublin’s Church Street last night as bodies – injured, maimed and deceased - were picked from the rubble of two collapsed tenement buildings.  The houses, numbers 66 and 67, came crashing down at 8.30 p.m. and by the early hours of the morning, following...

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Landlady says collapsed houses were ‘perfectly safe’

Landlady says collapsed houses were ‘perfectly safe’

The inquest into the deaths of the six people who died in the tenement collapse at 66 and 67 Church Street opened yesterday at the City Coroner’s Court. In response to questioning on whether her houses were in a dangerous condition, Margaret Ryan, the landlady of the properties, told the...

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Church Street tenement collapse remembered

Church Street tenement collapse remembered

Dublin, 14 December 1915 - The Church Street Disaster Committee has completed the distribution of funds subscribed for the relief of sufferers. In the disaster, seven people lost their lives and two others were seriously injured when two tenements on Church Street in Dublin collapsed in November 1913. Two children who were orphaned...

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Arthur Griffith slams Dublin Housing Inquiry

Arthur Griffith slams Dublin Housing Inquiry

Arthur Griffith has launched a scathing attack on the Dublin Housing Inquiry, saying that he hoped ‘no sensible citizen of Dublin will be deluded by the bogus Housing Inquiry. It will sit for a number of days, continue not to put the essential questions, and report to order. The...

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Church Street compensation claims

Church Street compensation claims

Hearings into the proposed clearance of houses in the Church Street and Beresford Street area of Dublin continued today at the Four Courts. The collapse of two tenements buildings in the area six weeks ago – causing the death of seven people – has brought a new urgency to plans...

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Inquest opens into the seven deaths on Church Street

Inquest opens into the seven deaths on Church Street

An inquest has been opened into the seven deaths on Church Street. The deceased were named as: Hugh Salmon (17 years), Elizabeth Salmon (4), Nicholas Fitzpatrick (40), Elizabeth Fagan (50), John Shiels (3), Peter Crowley (6) and Margaret Rourke (55). Mrs Bridget Ryan, the owner of the tenements appeared at the Inquest, and told how Dublin Corporation...

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‘The head and face was flattened out and the body was bruised, squashed...'

‘The head and face was flattened out and the body was bruised, squashed...'

It has left bodies broken, families fractured and a community in shock. But last night’s tragedy on Church Street, and the rescue effort that followed it, has also produced stories of uncommon heroism, tales of valour in the face adversity. Patrick Carberry and John Carney, both members of...

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