1952 O'Connell Street, Dublin

1952 O'Connell Street, Dublin never have I seen since -such a wide road

Dublin 1916 Then & Now – Pictures from the 1916 Rising

All the text and photographs below have been compiled by Derek Molyneux and his daughter Shannon. Well done to them both, they have and are doing outstanding work in remembering the 1916 Rising.

Dublin 1916 Then & Now – Pictures from the 1916 Rising

Taken from the junction of Lr Merrion St & Merrion square. The troops have their guns pointed in the direction of what is now Govt Buildings. Both photographs illustrate how little has really changed in the area.

Dublin 1916 Then & Now – Pictures from the 1916 Rising

British troops looking into Merrion Square from the northern side of the Square. The house in the background sits on the corner of Merrion Square and Clare St.

Eden Quay then & now looking across the Liffey from Burgh Quay. The devastation caused by the intense artillery and incendiary bombardment can be clearly seen here. A gunboat called ‘The Helga’ was used after being anchored by the British at Sir John Rodgerson’s Quay. This area was also shelled heavily with incendiary shells from howitzers that had been brought up from Athlone earlier in the week.

The quays east of O'Connell St devastated during the Rising of 1916

Dublin 1916 Then & Now – Pictures from the 1916 Rising

Looking across Lr Mount St Bridge towards the Schoolhouse on Northumberland Rd. The hoarding in the older picture would have been riddled with bullet holes as it was used to cover the final British assault on Clanwilliam House.

The Capitol Theatre, located just off O'Connell Street, Dublin, began life on 10 August 1920 as the La Scala Theatre and Opera House. Despite its name, the La Scala was a cinema. Paramount Pictures took over the lease on the building and renamed it the Capitol.  The last stage show was on 29 October 1953. The Capitol continued as a cinema until 1972.

“The Capitol Theatre in Princes Street Dublin originally called La Scala Theatre in 1920 designed as an opera house”

Easter rising.

British soldiers rest after battle of Mount St Easter Rising 1916

Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy enjoying a stroll in Dublin

Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy enjoying a stroll in Dublin

Merrion Square gardens, you couldn't get in back in the 60's as the Archdiocese of Dublin owned the land and wouldn't let people use it.

Merrion Square gardens, you couldn't get in back in the 60's as the Archdiocese of Dublin owned the land and wouldn't let people use it.

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