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Exploring Dublin’s Past Through Rare Photos of Grafton Street

Explore Dublin's past through a series of rare photos of Grafton Street. These images offer a fascinating glimpse into the city's past, capturing the vibrant street life and bustling activity of one of Dublin's most iconic thoroughfares.
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The National Library of Ireland has an extensive collection of historic photos, and we recently stumbled upon a fascinating series of images showcasing Grafton Street in Dublin. These rare photos offer a glimpse into the city’s past, capturing the vibrant street life and bustling activity of one of Dublin’s most iconic thoroughfares.

As we pored over these images, we were struck by the remarkable changes that have taken place in the city over the years. The photos capture a bygone era, with horse-drawn carriages, vintage signage, and shops and storefronts that have long since vanished.

It’s easy to take for granted the city we know today, with its modern conveniences and bustling streets. But these images serve as a reminder of the rich history and cultural heritage that underpins our city, and the individuals who have shaped it over the years.

In conclusion, these photos of Grafton Street in Dublin offer a fascinating glimpse into the city’s past, reminding us of the vibrant street life and bustling activity of a bygone era. They inspire us to continue to appreciate and celebrate the city’s rich history and cultural heritage, and to explore the many hidden gems that make Dublin such a unique and special place.

Full-length view of two women, both wearing hats, one wearing fur collar, walking outside [Nos. 94 & 95] Grafton St., Edmond Johnson Limited Jewellers.
Two men in foreground, walking past No. 67 Grafton Street, R. G. Lewers, [ladies outfiting and baby linen warehouse] and No. 66, Tobacconists.
Two women are both wearing hats, woman on the left is holding a muff in her right hand, women on the right is wearing a tie. Bystanders and shop-fronts visible in the background.
Construction workers with carts and other equipment, probably replacing cobblestones. Shop fronts visible include Forbes Photographic Studio, 54 Grafton Street, Monypenny designers, 52-53 Grafton Street and 56 South King Street and D. Bolger, vintners, 141 St. Stephen’s Green and 1 South King Street.
Man wearing bowler hat, suit and overcoat, smiling at the camera. Second man wearing peaked cap in background. R. Forbes Photographic Studio visible in background.

Source: National Library of Ireland

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