The rise and demise of Dublin is a story you can tell better on Henrietta Street than anywhere else in the city. In the eighteenth century, it was a street of the so-called ‘Second City of the Empire’, home to many sedan chair owners and members of the ruling elite, but in-time it came to define the extreme and grotesque poverty of inner-city Dublin, synonymous with overcrowded tenement life. The 1911 Census shows a street where general labourers made up a sizeable percentage of residents, those who found themselves caught up in the precarious working environment of the day.
Now, 14 Henrietta Street is about to open its doors. This is thanks to the ‘Dublin Tenement Experience: Living The Lockout’ project, a collaborative effort by the Irish Heritage Trust, Dublin City Council and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.
By opening 14 Henrietta Street to the public from early July…
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