Dublin, 1950–1970

Houses, flats and high rise

Joseph Brady

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ISBN: 978-1-84682-599-6
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ISBN: 978-1-84682-623-8

September 2016. 464pp; 100+ b&w illustrations.

‘An exceptionally well researched and wonderfully presented work that is essential reading for all local or social historians with an interest in Dublin and its environs. This in-depth study includes much of the areas now covered, since 1994, by the four “Dublin Local Authorities” – Fingal, South Dublin, Dublin City and Dún Laoghaire Rathdown … This volume is of exceptional importance as it chronicles a period of Dublin’s history that, for many readers, is within their own lifetimes of that of their parents. This book is not only a history of modern Dublin, it is the story of the ordinary Dubliners and their communities. It is extremely well illustrated, with copious notes and with details on individual housing estates, roads and their dates of construction, [and] it is bound to have a very personal appeal for many’, Michael Merrigan, Ireland's Genealogical Gazette (2016).

‘Dublin … is a mid-twentieth-century city. It was in these decades that the sprawling suburbs where most of our lives take place were built. These places – Ballyfermot, Finglas, Inchicore, with their distinctive concrete streets, magnolia streetnames, pebbledash terraced houses, and box hedges – are in so many ways beautiful urban landscapes … The story of these estates is the focus of Joseph Brady’s new study Dublin 1950–1970. The book is by far the most comprehensive exploration to date of housing policy in Dublin during the mid-twentieth century … it provides an impressive level of detail regarding housing policy during the suburban developments of the 1950s … At the heart of this narrative is a story about place and call in Irish culture … Brady must be commended for the enormous amount of new material in the book … These places are the places we all grew up, and its time we got to know them better. This book is an excellent place to start', Erika Hanna, Dublin Review of Books (September 2017).