Category Archive: History

Apr 13

“Coining it” – Paydays and pilfering at the Docklands Bomb factory

Womens Wartime Fund

In 1915 munitions fever struck Ireland as the possibility of high paying jobs of £4-10 per week in English Factories presented themselves, coupled with the announcement that Ireland was to get its own munitions industry with National Shell Factories being established around the country. Similarly, Private Industry took up the challenge in the form of …

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Apr 02

Easter’s past – From the GPO to East Wall in the 1950’s

Who Fears to speak

“…here we are in Caledon Road, a relief but a letdown all the same.  For it was as if our journey back in time had only been an illusion”  Mick Ryan was born in East Wall in the 1940’s. He recently published his first volume of autobiography entitled “My Life in the IRA: The Border …

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Apr 01

Easter 1916: Stories from the North Dock

Peter Carpenter Armband

During the Easter Rising Centenary Year 2016 local history groups in the Docklands were busy ensuring that the anniversary was properly commemorated. The East Wall History Group and the North Docks Peoples Voice Project undertook extensive research, held and participated in a number of talks and walking tours. We also published a booklet and numerous …

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Feb 04

Countess Markiewicz sketch of East Wall resident

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This is a fantastic sketch of East Wall resident Molly Nugent by Countess Markievicz . The Nugent family  lived at Seaview House , positioned at the junction of Seaview Avenue and Church Road , (along with much of the surrounding land) from where they ran a successful and famous horse dealing business. Molly was one …

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Jan 14

WW1 SUBMARINE VICTIMS : HELP FOR DEPENDENTS IN DUBLIN

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“It has been estimated that upwards of 100 persons in the city have been rendered desolate by the disaster” On the 14th December 1917 the SS Hare was torpedoed as traveled from Manchester to Dublin Port , with the loss of 12 lives. Just a fortnight later the SS Adela was similarly targeted as it …

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Jan 07

Centenary of Dublin Port ships lost in U-Boat attacks : Two plaques unveiled

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December 2017  marked the centenary of  U-boat attacks on two well known  Dublin Port ships . Almost half of those who died when the SS Hare and SS Adela were torpedoed came from the Dublin Dockland communities. The tragedies were marked by a number of events, commemorated  by the Adela- Hare Centenary Commemoration Committee. This …

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Dec 27

The final Voyage of the SS Adela – 27th December 1917

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During World War One German U-boat activity in Irish Coastal Waters led to the loss of hundreds of vessels and thousands of lives. Torpedo attacks intensified in 1917 and that year’s Christmas season would be a grim one many families. December saw the sinking of a Dublin Port ship, the SS Hare, on December 14th, …

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Dec 13

The final voyage of the SS Hare – 14th December 1917

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The SS Hare set sail from Manchester to make the journey to Dublin on the evening of Thursday 13th December 1917. It was a familiar route for the steamer, one it had regularly travelled over the previous two decades, with many of the crew being old hands onboard. She was carrying a general cargo of …

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Dec 10

The SS Hare : A tale of solidarity, hope and stout

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The SS Hare was a steamship built in 1886 at Barclay Curle & Co. shipyard in Glasgow for G&J Burns Ltd. In 1899 ownership was transferred to George Lowen of Manchester. In partnership with Dublin business man D.J. Stewart, Lowen had established The Dublin & Manchester Steamship Company In 1897. Stewart was also the owner of the …

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Nov 26

Dublin Port, World War One and U-boat attacks on Merchant ships : 30th November

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