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Father Delaney Collection: NAVAN ROAD

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Dublin 1948, and on the Navan road a family gathers outside their home ready for an impromptu game of tennis. Shot decades before this part of the city was developed with housing estates, this footage gives a rare view of how rural the area was, despite being so close to Dublin city centre.

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.