Aug 23 2007

Published by

Read the instructions with your glasses on…”
‘Teatime in our house…’
Vera Coffey 1945
“Don’t forget the older folk back home…”

“Be Safe, Be Wise, Be Careful…”

“Did you read the instructions?…”
‘Their first date out to the Pictures…’
“The Ma’ and Da’ in 1954…”
“Girls Playing Skipping”

The May Procession 1961


The Gotchie…

Dingle United


Bernard and Mary Coffey

The Holy Grotto…

It’s 2019 and a New Year begins, the Cabra History site is 12 years old this year. Thank you all for your support over those past 12 years, I hope you enjoy what you see and read of days gone by in Cabra West…MC


‘Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside…’

‘Here’s the news at six o’clock…’

‘I was only thirteen years of age
When I first went on the Street
A ribbon in me curly hair
And not a shoe upon me feet…’

‘The Oul Cuppa Tay…’


 I was left behind a tenement door

One cold and weary night

Wrapped in a shawl

In a rain drenched hall

As my mother she took flight

‘A Dying Art’

Finbars School/ The School around the corner 

The Bars it kept us occupied
In learning what we know
Some kids would bunk off when they could
Because they didn’t want to go
The learning process worked for some
While others were wayward bound
The cane was the school deterrent
With a swish and hurting sound
But back then in the fifties
The schools paved the way for you
You learned to take the knocks in life
In all that you would do
Now looking back we see the truth
Of how it worked for us
As we’re streetwise in all the things we do
And carry on without a fuss

By/ Tony Gorman

‘When I was just a little boy I asked my mother what will I be…’

The Coffey Sisters 1953

Making a Rolls Royce for my nephew…



27 Dec 1962 Wedding

1962 Cabra West Wedding…

Cabra Grand Picture House (20) gs

The Cabra Grand Picture House…

UFO Cabra July 1967

‘I’ve seen a few of them in Cabra…’

Ambrose & Ioana (1)

Great company and great food. Myself and my pal Ambrose O Shea went for our breakfast this morning into the ‘Elephant Cafe’ on Fassaugh Avenue. The young lady is Ioana or Johanna to us and she works in the Café…



School Visit


Visiting the old school…

Cabra Road




Broomer Water 1



Clarkes Cafe April 2015



Broombridge 2


                                           Martin Coffey (noel's)



Ladies Sodality 1969
All email addresses are held in confidence and will not be passed on to a third party without permission. There is no fee charged for anyone using this site as a means to promote its aims. All comments sent into the site are liable to editing. Some photographs may have to be re-vamped or cleaned to enhance their appearance. This however does not take away from the quality of the original photograph. Please feel free to use this site if you wish to make contact with a lost friend, neighbour or family member from the Cabra area. I have no ulterior motive in running this site other than to promote the good name of Cabra West/ Cabra and its people.
1) Be sure to check out the Photo Gallery:
There are three sections in this  Gallery. One is for older photos of people and places connected to Cabra, another is for older photos of Dublin City and its rapidly disappearing shops and places of interest. The third section is for you to display a photograph of yourself or your friends and family as you are today. Across each photograph is displayed the name of this website. This is a type of security to ensure that your photographs are not used by anyone other than those authorised by you. When submitting a photograph please try and put a name, location or date to it.
2) The Guest Book, Comments and Chat section:
This is for people from the area, at home or abroad to keep in touch with each other regardless of where they are living. It allows you to re-connect with old school friends, neighbours or family. You can also submit a comment on any subject you wish relating to the site or its contents.
 Noel Brendan Anne & Martin Coffey
3) The News, Stories and Chat section:
Here you will find some items of general interest as well as stories submitted to the site that people wish to share with others. If you have a story you wish to share you can email it to and have it placed on display with other stories submitted. You can always enhance your story with a photograph that can be placed alongside the story. No matter how short or long your story is it is more than welcome.
 Liam & James Hyland in the Bogies 1960s
4) Remember, this site is about sharing memories of your childhood and those many years spent growing up in Cabra West or any area of Cabra. This is your opportunity to capture and retain those memories of Cabra and its people that you hold dear.
Including Elizabeth Byrne Pat Lynch Mary Yeats & Sis Monica on right 2 -1
Here is your chance to ensure that your family’s connection to Cabra is never forgotten. So there you are now, no excuses, off you go and delve into the attic or the wardrobe and fish out those old photographs and memories, dust them down and share them with us all.
Remember that this is the only website at this time dealing with the history of Cabra West/Cabra and offering this service free of charge …MC

“And don’t forget to keep in touch with the older folk back home…”

‘Mrs Coffey with Mary, Tony and Catherine…’

This page has the following sub pages.

No responses yet

Comments are closed.