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On 17 April 1949, the Cabra Grand Cinema on Quarry Road was formally opened. The Lord Mayor of Dublin, John Breen, opened the 1,600 seat cinema by cutting a tricolour ribbon with a pair of gold scissors. The cinema was designed by Samuel Lyons, and in a move that captured the spirit of the time, […]

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Note: This article originally appeared in SET, a quarterly publication concerned with the relationship between cinema and its architecture. Check them out and give them a ‘Like’ here. In 1961, Ireland was changed forever with the launch of Telefís Éireann, a national state television station. Lagging behind the rest of the world, television was something […]

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All you punks and all you teds National Front and Natti dreds Mods, rockers, hippies and skinheads Keep on fighting ’till you’re dead Talking to Come Here To Me!, Garry O’Neill (editor of Dublin street fashion photography book Where Were You?) summed up the violent mood that he felt growing up in Dublin in the mid […]

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Peggy Keogh RIP

Dublin lost one of its real characters this week with the passing of Peggy Keogh. Born Margaret Keogh (nee Dowdall), of Cabra Road, she will be most remembered for selling Doctor Marten boots to a generation of Dubliners from her stall at the back of the Ilac Centre. For most of the 1970s and 1980s, […]

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