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Dublin chemist Thomas Smith (top).

He came up with the formula for the nappy rash cream at his pharmacy at 1 Old Cabra Road.

Via Glasnevin Heritage:

He called it Smith’s Baby Cream and had the following detail printed on the label – ‘Smith’s Special Skin Ointment for the treatment of ulcers, pimples and all skin eruptions‘.

His son, Brendan, came up with the idea of sending the cream out to new mothers. He would trawl the local papers for the births announcements and send out sample cream to all of the mothers on the lists.

Smith wasn’t just a whiz at direct marketing it seems, he was also unusually pro-active about dealing with customer feedback. If someone wrote to complain about Sudocrem, he would visit the family personally to find out what the problem was.Such dedication paid off in the ’60s and ’70s when lucrative new markets opened up for his creation.

The recipe for Sudocrem hasn’t changed much from the one Thomas Smith first whipped up in 1931. Nowadays it’s a team of gowned workers who mix together the main ingredients – zinc oxide, benzyl alcohol, benzyl benzoate, benzyl cinnamate, and lanolin with various waxes – to produce the thick soothing paste.

From something that started in the back room of a chemist’s shop on the Old Cabra Road, Sudocrem now ships to 44 territories all over the globe from the factory which is now situated in Baldoyle…

In fairness.

Pic montage via Glasnevin heritage


Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald and a friend in front of an unfinished mural on the gable wall of Canon Burke Flats at Fassaugh Avenue/Ratoath Road junction in Cabra, recently. The words of the 1916 Proclamation were to be placed in the centre

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Dublin City Council workers painting over the mural late Wednesday evening/early Thursday morning


The painted-over mural yesterday evening

The Cabra 1916 Commemoration Committee writes:

Dublin City Council housing department removed the Cabra 1916 Proclamation Mural in the early hours of [Thursday] morning. We, the 1916 Commemoration Committee, are saddened by this act. The mural is only one part of a number of planned events which we have submitted to the council over four months ago…We are asking our community and local reps to support our program of events and our further options and actions in relation to the mural.

Cathy Power writes:

There is ugly stuff on walls all over Dublin, some of it obscene, some of it racist, some of it just stupid, but Dublin City Council mobilises a crew, in the dead of night, to paint over a community mural in Cabra of the Proclamation of 1916. Who ordered this and why?



Cabra 1916 Commemoration Committee (Facebook)

Thanks Buzz


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Neil King writes:

Cabra doesn’t get the playing field to itself when it comes to weird-bottom murals. Here’s one from Roe River Books in Dundalk.