An artistic couple are creating miniature scenes of Dublin life from the 18th century.

Husband and wife, Denis and Marie Carroll spend their free time putting the 18th century into 3-dimensions. The couple make miniature tableaux of scenes from the period down to the smallest detail. 

Denis Carroll makes the figures and the furniture, while Marie Carroll researches the styles and hand stitches the clothing. The figures are made from a wire skeleton and each one can take up to a week to complete. 

The scenes represent both the grandeur and the poverty of old Dublin.

One of the challenges is to source the material for the costumes, some of which is a hundred years old.  

I always scrounge bits of old lace off people.

Scenes range from counting houses to death bed scenes. Most of the faces are modelled on living people sketched or photographed around Dublin. 

The same detail applies to the portraits which hang in the miniature rooms. Using a magnifying glass, Denis Carroll paints landscapes and copies famous paintings of places, people and friends. There's even a portrait of Mr and Mrs Carroll. Other more notable portraits include Gay Byrne.

While this is a labour of love for Denis and Marie Carroll, they still need to sell their work to make a living.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 2 February 1984. The reporter is Alasdair Jackson.