Amazing Old Photos Showing What Dublin Used To Look Like

Empty Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street) during the 1860s

O’Connell Street is Dublin’s main thoroughfare. It measures 49 m in width at its southern end, 46 m at the north, and is 500 m in length. During the 17th century, it was a narrow street known as Drogheda Street. It was then known as Sackville Street, which was when this photo was taken.

St. Stephen’s Green, before 1900

St Stephen’s Green is a city centre public park in Dublin, Ireland. The current landscape of the park was designed by William Sheppard, which officially opened to the public on Tuesday, 27 July 1880. You can see the street outside St Stephen’s Green just before 1900. In the photo, you can see many horse and carts.

Amiens Street

Amiens Street, located in Dublin, Ireland was named after Viscount Amiens, Earl of Aldborough. It is one of the most frequented streets by railway passengers using Dublin Connolly station which was formerly called Amiens Street Station opened in 1844. It was renamed after James Connolly.

Dublin during the Celtic Tiger

The Celtic Tiger was a phrase to describe the Irish economy during the period of rapid economic growth that characterised the 1990s and early 21st century. As you can see from this photo, a large number of cranes were required to help build construct modern Dublin.

The view from Nelson’s Pillar

Nelson’s Pillar was a large granite column capped by a statue of Horatio Nelson, built in the centre of what was then Sackville Street (later renamed O’Connell Street) in Dublin. Completed in 1809 when Ireland was part of the United Kingdom, it survived until March 1966, when it was severely damaged by explosives planted by Irish republicans. Its remnants were later destroyed by the Irish Army. In this photo, you can see the view of O’Connell Street from the Pillar.

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