When Less Was Moore


Moore Street, Dublin 1, in 1972

“I took these photos in 1972 in the street market in Moore St in Dublin.

“Urban renewal was gathering pace and the ILAC Centre was being planned and people wondered about the future for these street traders.

“Well, after 47 years the end is nigh, so here is my salute to these tough resilient women – my mother shopped in Moore Street when I was growing up.”

Michael Foley on Facebook.

Spaghetti Hoop asks:

Is that Éilish a Dó there with the plastic headscarf (pic 3)?


Meanwhile, Spaghetti Hoop adds:

‘1972 is before my time but in the 1980s, my mum parked quite handily (and free) on Moore Lane on a Saturday and we gathered veg and fruit from the Moore Street gals on the way back to the car after a day of shopping and a jorum + Cidona in Madigan’s.

Never bought the meat; bluebottles crawling all over it in the Moore Street butchers.

‘Course at Hallow’een time, my pockets were full of bangers, crackers and stink bombs: WMD for the 31st. Fruitful times…’

Michael Foley (Facebook)

Previously: After 200 Years

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9 thoughts on “When Less Was Moore

  1. Paulus

    I ventured up Moore St in the early 80s and rather than come away empty-handed, I decided to buy a few oranges. I picked up several oranges to put in a bag but the stall-holder slapped the back of my hand and made HER choice of oranges for me. My protocol breach didn’t sit well with her version of stock control!

    1. Brother Barnabas

      never liked you touching their stuff

      a friend* maintains that she was a scolded for poking at the seafood stall: “they’re prawns not pricks, luv… wont get bigger if you squeeze them”

      (* an even bigger liar than me, though)

  2. scottser

    i never bought fruit and veg there – it was always manky. but for 15 years i wouldn’t go anywhere else to buy a pair of docs.

  3. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

    I worked in Moore Lane all through school, I’ve loads of stories but they’re all a bit Angela’s Ashes….

  4. eoin

    Given all the planned development around Moore Street and the obvious obstacle these traditional fruit and veg and flowers sellers would pose to the development, I wonder if any entrepreneurial Dublin gangsters made an offer to developers to increase the anti-social activity in return for a small fee.

    Having recently seen an historic building burned out a couple of weeks after planning authorities stopped a development next door by one of Ireland’s richest families, not to mention the “revelations” of protection money in Ballyfermot, I wouldn’t discount the recent increase in anti-social behaviour around Moore Street being undertaken on a professional fee-paying basis.

  5. dylad

    I thought for a minute those were recent pictures, I can’t imagine the lip lady is still with us, is she?

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