Lost movie footage reveals life in Dublin 78 years in the past

This outstanding tourism video captures Ireland’s capital metropolis Dublin because it was 78 years in the past. While Europe was being ravaged by struggle, Ireland escaped comparatively unscathed and life continued as regular in Dublin.

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The video – shot by what was then generally known as the Irish Tourist Association – supplies a number of town’s quintessential vistas, from the well-known open-air market on Moore Street to its most historic cathedrals and public buildings. It additionally options footage of that 12 months’s All-Ireland hurling last, which was performed on September 1 between the counties of Kilkenny and Limerick at Croke Park (Limerick received).

Some of what you’ll be able to see is now gone together with Nelson’s Pillar on O’Connell Street, which was blown up by republicans in 1966. The place the place Nelson as soon as stood is now the placement for town’s trendy icon, the 120-metre tall Spire of Dublin. Also lengthy departed are the final of town’s double-decker trams, which have in newer years been changed by a brand new era of recent trams.

The Spire of Dublin, O’Connell St. Photo by: Paul M O’Connell/Getty Images

In the footage, town’s two principal canals are plied by barges laden with items … at present, walkers, cyclists, and pleasure boats use the 2 waterways as a substitute.

Described because the ‘city of romance, city of contrasts’ within the video, different acquainted sights embrace Dublin’s well-known Georgian terraces and doorways, St Stephen’s Green, the Ha’Penny Bridge, and the nonetheless ample deer of the Phoenix Park.

The historic Ha'penny Bridge
The Ha’penny Bridge in Dublin, Ireland, at nightfall. Image: Littleny/Shutterstock

The movie had been saved within the basement of what’s now Fáilte Ireland earlier than being gifted to the Dublin City library. It was later added to the Irish Film Institute participant, which has gathered an unbelievable vary of movies of previous Ireland which you’ll be able to peruse right here.

John Browne of Fáilte Ireland mentioned: “I think even with the film from the 1940s, you can see how far the city has come but also that for the last eighty years or more, the tourist authority of the time continues to promote the city on its strengths.”

To see how a lot – or certainly how little – has modified within the Irish capital within the virtually eight many years since, that is the very newest official video from Fáilte Ireland highlighting all town has to supply

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