Object: O’Connell Bridge and Street, 1916
National Library of Ireland
Object title: O'Connell Bridge and Street, 1916 (call number INHD 22b)
Physical Characteristics: 1 photonegative glass, 10 x 12cm
Object Description: The photograph was taken by a photographer for the Irish Independent Newspaper in the aftermath of the Rising. It shows the destruction of Sackville Street and Eden Quay. It may have been used for publication.
How is the object associated with the Easter Rising 1916 and in what way does it make a unique contribution to our understanding of the event?
There is a lot of detail in the image, the destruction of buildings, crowds of people, soldiers in the crowd (corner of O’Connell Bridge and Aston Quay). It can be compared with an image from the William Lawrence Collection L_ROY_01704 taken around 1910 to see how the street looked and operated in normal times. The offices of the Irish Independent were located beside the G.P.O., and were badly damaged in the Rising. The O’Connell monument visible in the photograph still has bullet holes from the damage sustained during the Rising. The Dublin Bread Company, the very large building on Sackville Street , had only been built in 1901 and was almost completely destroyed in 1916.
Are there any broader issues that can be illustrated through the story of the object?
There is social history, transport history, costume etc in the photograph.