Vintage: Dublin in the late 19th Century (1860s-1890s)

Vintage: Dublin in the late 19th Century (1860s-1890s)


Dublin, unlike Belfast in the north, did not experience the full effect of the industrial revolution and as a result, the number of unskilled unemployed was always high in the city. Industries like the Guinness brewery, Jameson Distillery, and Jacob’s biscuit factory provided the most stable employment. New working class suburbs grew up in Kilmainham and Inchicore around them. Another major employer was the Dublin Tramways system, run by a private company – the Dublin United Tramway Company.c By 1900 Belfast had a larger population than Dublin, though it is smaller today.

A man with his penny farthing on street in Dublin, ca. 1890

A man with his penny farthing on street in Dublin, ca. 1890

Sackville Street in Dublin, 1890

Sackville Street in Dublin, 1890

Stephen's Green, Dublin, ca. 1875

Stephen’s Green, Dublin, ca. 1875

Grafton Street in Dublin, ca. 1870s

Grafton Street in Dublin, ca. 1870s

Great view of a bustling O'Connell Bridge and Sackville Street (now O'Connell Street) in Dublin, 1890

Great view of a bustling O’Connell Bridge and Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street) in Dublin, 1890

Horse-drawn omnibus on Westmoreland Street, Dublin, ca. 1865

Horse-drawn omnibus on Westmoreland Street, Dublin, ca. 1865

Main Street in Blackrock, Dublin, 1875

Main Street in Blackrock, Dublin, 1875

On a Dublin street in 1898

On a Dublin street in 1898

Patrick Street, Dublin, 1898

Patrick Street, Dublin, 1898

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