A look at the stages of Dublin housing from Georgian grandeur to tenements to suburban living.

In the nineteenth century the once affluent areas of Georgian Dublin, such Henrietta Street declined and the buildings were given over to tenement use. Every room in a tenement was filled with families living in one-roomed accommodation. The plight of the people living in Dublin’s tenement slums was highlighted in an Irish Times editorial from 18 February 1914.

We did not know that nearly 28,000 of our fellow citizens live in dwellings which even the corporation admits to be unfit for human habitation. Nearly a third of our population so live, that from dawn to dark, it is without cleanliness, privacy or self respect.

The twentieth century saw a steady move to suburbs such as Rathmines and Rathgar on the south side of the Grand Canal.

The car helped the rapid development of towns and the outskirts grew and so did the roads in and out of the towns. Housing in the outskirts of Dublin changed old structure of living, assisted by the car, the end of the slums and most importantly electrical power. Factories developed in areas such as Tallaght, giving people the opportunity to work outside of the city centre. More had happened in Dublin at this period than in the previous three generations.

There was huge growth in areas such as Cabra, Kimmage, Crumlin, Ballyfermot, Edenmore, Finglas and Ballymun and new trade developed in the city.

‘Telefís Scoile’ was an educational television programme that gave school lessons in maths, science and literature, in Irish and English, for secondary school students at Junior (Intermediate/Junior Certificate) and Senior (Leaving Certificate) levels. ‘Telefís Scoile’ was first broadcast on 1st January 1964 and ran until 1979.  It was initiated by RTÉ in 1964 in association with the Department of Education. 

This episode of 'Telefís Scoile’ was broadcast on 16 January 1970.