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Photojournalist Eamonn Farrell, founder of Rollingnews, writes:

After 41 days in Lockdown, I had reason to go into our city centre office and used the opportunity to take my exercise in the form of a walk around the city centre north and south. What I found was a sad, empty, lonely and almost decrepit space…

Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews

Corporation Buildings off Corporation St (James Joyce Street), Dublin 1, circa 1960s

Dublin historian and author Terry Fagan, of the North Inner City Folklore Project, tweetz:

“I interviewed Dave, the man in the photo walking inside Corporation Buildings.

In the late 1930s at the age of 12 he got summoned to court and sentenced to two and a half years in Artane Industrial School, his brother John got 7 years. They couldn’t attend school, they had the scabies.

His story would make a great movie, events in Artane Industrial School and what happens when he comes home, to find his mother died. He ends up in India in the British Army, refused to shoot people rioting, went to prison.

Back home, his father is a broken man, he’s taking to drink, his wife is dead, his family is destroyed. Events get worse, he turns Dave away from the door.

Dave is walking the streets broken-hearted over John, the brother he left behind, asking round the neighbourhood did anyone see him. He was told he was sleeping on the streets. Dave knew not to look for him until nighttime.

After spending many nights going in and out of tenements with a candle calling out his brother’s name, he met a friend who said to him:

“I hear you’re looking for John, did nobody tell you, John died and is buried in a pauper’s grave.”

Dave was in shock. His friend offered to put him up in his house, knowing he had money from the Army.

Dave (left) with Terry Fagan

After spending all his money with him, his friend told him “sorry, you have to leave, the wife is giving out.”

Then one rainy night Dave made his way to the tenements on Sean McDermott Street [Dublin 1] and bedded down alongside other down and outs.

Morning time came, he was getting up, he tipped the man beside him to move and when the man turned around, it was his brother John. The pal who had told him otherwise was getting into him for his money.

All Dave had left from his army days was a watch. He took John to the pawn office and pawned it and gave him the money to buy a boat ticket to England.

Dave, John and his sister met with me in the Folklore Office and told me what happened to them, how their lives  have changed. It does not end there.”

More as we get it.

North Inner City Folklore Project

Thanks RC


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Coming through.

O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 in the late 1960s.

Another newly-unearthed image by American photojournalist Harrison Forman.

Name that jammer, anyone?

Bonus: name the tyke’s school, anyone?

Pic via University of Wisconsin

Previously: Gone For A Burton

Grand Jurys

Vintage Green Day

Lesley & Brendan.

Still crazy after all these years.

Greg Byrne writes:

With all the time we have at home right now and all the grim news seemingly omnipresent in our lives, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to put the phone away and look back at some interviews I did with my Mam and Dad on-camera almost 2 years ago.

At the time, I simply shot the interviews, just so I’d have them. I never did anything with the footage. I never even watched it back, until now.

Upon reviewing the footage, (which was both fun and surprisingly emotional to do) it turns out they each said plenty and touched upon lots of different parts of their respective lives over the course of our chats.

That’s when I decided I’d like to make something out of it all. They both spoke so well on a variety of things. I could have made a film on a bunch of different topics but in the end, I went for what I thought would make me smile the most while working on it.

More specifically, I decided to make a film about them both as a couple, the love they have for one another and what family has come to mean to them after all these years. I thought that would be a nice message to focus on at a time when good vibes seem to be at somewhat of a premium.

In fairness.