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Dublin Tenement Life

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Dublin Tenement Life

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For nearly 150 years, the wretched, squalid tenements of Dublin were widely judged to be the worst slums in all of Europe. By the 1930s, 6,400 tenements were occupied by almost 112,000 tenants. Some districts had up to 800 people to the acre, up to 100 occupants in one building, and twenty family members crammed into a single tiny room. It was a hard world of hunger, disease, high mortality, unemployment, heavy drinking, prostitution and gang warfare. But despite their hardship, the tenement poor enjoyed an incredibly closely knit community life in which they found great security and indeed, happiness. As one policeman recalls from over half a century ago, they were ‘extraordinarily happy for people who were so savagely poor’.

Contents of Dublin Tenement Life

  1. History and Evolution of the Tenement Slum Problem
    Physical Deterioration
    Profiteering Landlords and Powerless Tenants
    Overcrowding, Sanitation, and Illness
    Social Stigmas and Stereotypes
    The Press and Public Enlightenment
    Housing Reform and Slum Clearance
    Oral History and Tenement Folklore

  2. Social Life in the Tenement Communities
    Community Spirit and Gregarious Nature
    The Home Setting
    Economic Struggle
    Securing Food and Clothing
    Health, Sickness, and Treatments
    Entertainment and Street Life
    Religion and Morals
    Courting, Marriage, and Childbirth
    The Role of Men, Mothers, and Grannies
    Drinking, Gambling, Prostitution, and Animal Gangs
    Death, Superstitions, and Wakes

  3. Oral Testimony: The Monto and Dockland
    Maggie Murray—Age 80
    Timmy “Duckegg” Kirwan—Age 72
    Alice Caulfield—Age 66
    Chrissie Hawkins—Age 83
    Johnny Campbell—Age 68
    Mary Waldron—Age 80
    Billy Dunleavy—Age 86
    Nellie Cassidy—Age 78
    Elizabeth “Bluebell” Murphy—Age 75

  4. Oral Testimony: The Liberties
    Nancy Cullen—Age 71
    Paddy Mooney—Age 72

Studio(s): Gill & Macmillan

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