Goodnight, Sweet Print

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What replaced The Hamlet?

That is the question.


Dublin before The Tiger (David Jazay)

21 thoughts on “Goodnight, Sweet Print

  1. Grace

    I’m sure he is a very talented photographer, but i do not get his obsession with run down dirty derelict Dublin in the 80’s at all.
    Those photos he has of the quays are plain grim, and not “romantic” or “harking back to a simpler time”
    I’m glad that we have moved on from those times of grinding poverty and neglect, and i don’t think we should be celebrating them in the way he seems to.

    1. goldenbrown

      Grace, I dunno. I would guess it appeals to those who rather “Durty Dublin” than obnoxious “Grafton Quarter”….maybe its a comment on the fairly poor job we’ve done on our streetscapes….carpets of cheap chinese pink granite, kilsaran cast concrete cobblelock, shopfronts and street furniture straight out of the catalogue….a facsimile of any UK city centre.

    1. Paul

      Sorry have you seen cork since 2004?? The council brought in a Spanish architect in the boom time to Patrick street (the Main Street) and put up bizarre lighting and all the cheap Chinese granite they could get their hands on. Most of the old shops are gone and now it’s awash with mobile phone outlets and discount stores. Horrific.

  2. Janet, dreams of big guns

    I was in Dublin city for the first time since March this week.
    I was struck by how without tourists so many shops ( Carroll’s of Dublin for example) ” trad ” pubs and attractions are absolutely a waste of space.
    Paris has reopened and while quieter it’s still Paris there are communities, tourists profit from a living city not some purpose geared grim Disney Land.
    The homelessness and addicted are even more obvious on quiet streets.
    The city looks sad and dirty, boards with graffiti and pigeon poo everywhere,
    it was sad and I won’t be rushing back, but how are we meant to market that as a staycation ?

    1. Brother Barnabas

      is that not just the centre-centre – temple bar, college green, dame st, george’s st, grafton st, around there ?

      the city communities are still very much there – smithfield, stoneybatter, liberties, kilmainham etc.

      is there a sense of community around halles, palais royale etc, for instance ?

  3. Paulus

    I like them because they recall an era when the local pub was a very different beast:
    Any telly was a modest accessory on a shelf in a corner, rather than the huge loud dominating features they are today. The “man (or lady) of the house” was regularly behind the bar and the overall atmosphere was more subdued…in a good way.

    Aesthetically however they were terrible, inside and especially outside.
    There seemed to be a choice of just two fonts for the signage; Olde English/Gothic or Brush Script.
    In the 70s/80s some sign installers made a fortune suspending ugly garish contraptions featuring opaque plastic panels with the name in contrasting plastic lettering, and lit from behind by fluorescent strips.

    Later, when these became regarded as naff, and removed, a much nicer original hand-lettered sign could often be discovered behind.
    Sign of the times eh!

  4. bertie blenkinsop

    I love these photos, pure nostalgia buzz.
    I got a real Proustian rush seeing that pub, had completely forgotten about it.
    My Ma would get us chips in the Kingfisher on a Saturday afternoon and then we’d walk up through Summerhill and into Ballybough.
    Hadn’t thought about that place in decades, gas.
    (this post is probably best read in a Ronnie Drew voice).

  5. Paulus

    Looking at this again, I seem to remember The Hamlet being on the lower corner of North Great Georges St?

        1. Paulus

          Going by Cian’s map below, I’d say I was thinking of the Parnell Lounge…among it’s many other names!

  6. Cian

    Blatant plug, but if you want to find where an old Dublin pub was, I’ve got about 1600 mapped out from 1902 to now. I’m definitely still missing loads of older pubs but it should be near complete from the 60s. – fullscreen the map and you’ll get a search box – it pops it out to a Google Maps interface.

    The Hamlet was the corner of Summerhill and Middle Gardiner Street, would have been CPOed by the council late 80s for widening the road along with a substantial number of other pubs in that area.

  7. Johnny

    -thats great and quite fascinating,really enjoying it nice work,trying remember last time in Lillies ….and what happened :)
    “Formerly Judge Roy Beans, Freshmans, the Berni Inn, the Nassau Restaurant and Adam Court Room. Lost Lane (formerly Lillies Bordello and Mac’s) shares licence, as does the Dingle Whiskey Bar.”


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