Jul 09 2008

Photographs from a disappearing Dublin

Published by at 8:28 am under News


 Pat Farrell is from Broombridge Road in Cabra West and is an amateur photographer with over forty years experience. When he was 12 years old Pat’s parents, along with his younger brother moved into Cabra West from the tenement houses in Church Street . The house was originally situated across the road from the famous Tap pub. If you actually stand in the middle of the road across from the pub on Church Street you will find yourself on the exact spot where their house once stood.  Pat had originally attended school in Brunswick Street and he had one of the most famous and well known of school teachers, Paddy Crosby. Paddy of course is well known to us all from his days presenting the television show “The School Around the Corner”. Pat’s wife is one of 24 children. Like so many young boys and girls of his time Pat started his working life at the very early age of 14 years old. His first job was with Strand Electric in Abbey Street who where the Theatrical Stage Lighting Company of Ireland.  It was from there that Pat became interested in stage lighting and is still involved in it today. He lit many shows in the Olympia & the Gaiety Theatres. During his time in Stage Lighting the company replaced all the stage lighting in Saint Finbarr’s Hall in Cabra West when the hall was fully refurbished. When the hall was due to open a major fire broke out on the stage and prevented the opening until all the stage lighting was again replaced and other damaged areas were fixed. During all that time of lighting up the stars Pat followed up with his own love of amateur photography. In the 1980’s Pat and his camera went on a walk-about in Dublin city where they captured the everyday life and heart of that city. Pat developed all his original black and white photos himslef. When Pat discovered the Cabra History.Com website he volunteered it access to his own website of photography. Here you will find an Aladdin’s Cave of beautiful black and white photographs depicting a way of Dublin life that has sadly left us, never to return. Pat’s site shows scenes of Streets Markets, the Horse Market, the Daisy Market, the Ivy Market and much, much more. Many thanks to Pat for giving permission to allow the Cabra History.Com website display his photo collection. So here it is folks…just click on the following and enjoy…MC  www.dublinphotos.net

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