Sunday, June 30, 2013

The 1913 Lockout

In our decade of centenary events, the 1913 Dublin Lockout is next.  An interesting commemorative event is planned throughout July and August.

The Dublin Tenement Experience lets visitors into number 14 Henrietta St to experience the tenements up close.  This particular building is unchanged since 1913.  Henrietta St, to my mind, is one of the most interesting streets in Dublin.  It was built by 18th century property developer, Luke Gardiner, who lived at number 10.  The street was then inhabited by wealthy merchants, business people and landed gentry.  However, within a century, it had become a street of poverty.  The 1911 cencus records vver 1000 people living on Henrietta St, with families living in one room or even sharing. 

The tour runs 6 days a week and costs a modest €5.50.  Booking can be made through their website.  I hope to get along to it during July and report back.

If you're interested in knowing more about the Lockout, get yourself a copy of Strumpet City by James Plunkett, which is also, fittingly, this year's One City, One Book pick.

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