The tenement crisis in Dublin, 1963.

Homeless 1963?

Come Here To Me!

The centenary of the Church Street disaster is fast approaching, and will rightly be commemorated and remembered as one of the most tragic incidents during the course of the 1913 Lockout. On September 2nd 1913 two tenement homes collapsed to the ground, killing seven working class Dubliners, with children among the dead. While this tragedy did spark a very significant housing inquiry, tenement collapses remained all too common in Dublin in the decades that followed. This is the first of a number of posts in the weeks ahead looking at tenement disasters in Dublin.

The scene on Fenian Street following a tenement collapse, 1963. The scene on Fenian Street following a tenement collapse, 1963.

Two tenements collapsing within weeks of each other in June 1963 forced Dubliners to re-examine the housing situation in the city, and sparked a huge inquiry into housing in the city which delivered many shocking finds. It also saw hundreds of families moved out of their…

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