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Father Delaney Collection: GLOUCESTER STREET

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Gloucester Street (which became Sean McDermott Street in 1933) in Dublin’s inner-city, is alive with activity: children having fun and grappling for the camera’s attention;  teachers playing school yard games with students and women reluctantly posing for the camera.  Moments in time are captured in a heavily-populated Dublin neighbourhood.  The tenement dwellings here were later renovated after Dublin Corporation purchased them in 1941.

Father Jack Delaney (1906-1980) was ordained in 1930 at the age of 24 and served as a parish priest in Dublin in the 1930s and 1940s. He served  mainly in Sean McDermott Street (then Gloucester Street), Rutland Street and Gardiner Street.   His images of trips with his parishoners, tenement life, school children at play, religious processions, and scenes within the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity Convent which housed a Magdalene Laundry provide us with a fascinating glimpse of life in inner city Dublin in the 1930s.

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With kind permission of Irene Devitt.