Teatime Talks: ‘From ‘Mud Huts’ to ‘Garden Suburbs’: Workers’ Housing in the Docklands’ with Joe Mooney

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Online, Wednesday 24th February

Teatime Talks is a series of talks inspired by the history, people and surroundings of 14 Henrietta Street. By listening and engaging with historians, experts, former tenement residents, local residents and their families, we continue to uncover, record and preserve the history and stories of 14 Henrietta Street and Dublin City. Do you have a memory of Dublin’s tenements or know someone who does? Whatever your connection, we would like to hear from you.

This talk will examine how workers housing in the Dublin docklands evolved, the social, economic and political changes that impacted the workers' lives and homes and what daily life was like for many of those who dwelt here. Dublin’s North Docks were built on reclaimed land. With the expansion of the Port and arrival of the railways in the mid 19th century, a variety of housing types were built for workers and their families. These ranged from ‘traditional’ tenement style housing, employer owned cottages and some described as ‘little better than mud-huts’. Many of the houses were built quickly and were of low quality, with cramped homes squeezed into small streets and alleys. Soon, some of the worst conditions in the city could be found here. In the 20th century, the area would welcome a pioneering Dublin Corporation housing estate with innovative flat-blocks, as the de-tenanting of slum housing became a priority for the Free State Government. This talk will examine how these housing schemes evolved, and the changing nature of life and living in the Dublin Docklands.

Joe Mooney is a long time community activist, a member of the East Wall History Group and a coordinator of the annual Sean O’Casey Festival.

Wednesday 24th February

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