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Pics: 11 shop fronts from a different Ireland
Many – but not quite all – of these stores and pubs have now disappeared.
Premier CyclesShop St, Drogheda
The Gin Mill"I think it is South King Street", writes Paul.
The MerchantBridge St, Dublin
John Taylor TailorsKildare St, 1980s
Fred's OasisCarne, Wexford, 1979
Balfe's AntiquesOrmond Quay, Dublin, 1984
EP StaceyCorner of Liffey Street and Abbey Street, Dublin
The CommodoreTaken in the 1970s at the junction of Jervis St and Parnell St in Dublin - where Penneys now stands. Paul writes: "Opposite this pub (where the cinema is now) was the factory where they made Silvermints, Williams & Woods (there was always a smell of Peppermint in the air of Parnell St from it)".
Martin-Hudson & GibsonNassau Street, Dublin, pre-1968
St Stephen's GreenGeneral view in 1981, showing the scene before the shopping centre was built
THESE PHOTOS SHOW pubs and shops around Ireland in the decades leading up to the 1980s.
Many have since closed – and the streets around them show a time when our towns and cities looked quite different.
What links the businesses? Each of their signs was hand-painted by signwriter Kevin Freeney, who worked in and around Dublin for decades before his death in 1986.
We (Kevin’s family) do sometimes come across his work that we had not known about, but as time goes on and Dublin changes it happens less and less.
Paul now works as a photographer himself, specialising in capturing moments of street life in and around Dublin. His work can be seen on Flickr here.
For more information on Paul’s photography, visit paulfreeney.com.
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