Ireland Then & Now

Hawkins St and the Theatre Royal

If there was ever a place that 'progress' did nothing to improve, it has to be Hawkins St, and in particular the site of the lamented Theatre Royal in Dublin. …

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Tivoli Theatre

At various times housing a political movement, piles of grain, a variety theatre, one of the first cinemas in Dublin and a now defunct newspaper, this building's replacement was definitely …

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Clifden: Not changed at all?

At first glance Clifden seems to have changed little since the 1960s, but looks a little closer and there has been a transformation …

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Copper Mining

Once a flourishing industry copper mining is consigned to history in Ireland now. All that remains are remnants of the mines along a lovely stretch of coastline. …

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Horse Racing at the Curragh

The Curragh, in Co Kildare, might have been designed for racing horses and is the home of the Irish racing world. Racing itself has changed little over time, but a …

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Elephants at Dublin Zoo

Being an elephant in Dublin Zoo in the past was not much fun, confined for life to a tiny concrete enclosure, but things have improved considerably. …

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Dublin’s Trams

Dublin's original tram system ceased to be in 1959 but now trams are again on the streets and are hugely popular with commuters and visitors alike. …

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Coach Tours

Coach tours around the Ring of Kerry have been an essential part of a visit to Ireland for many years. But the mode of transport and the hazards have …

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Main St, Belturbet

Irish towns have changed a lot in the last century, but in some ways they've stayed remarkably the same. A time traveller would have little trouble on Main St, Belturbet. …

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The Quays, Waterford

Once busy Irish ports have changed since the days when they were all about trade and transport. Waterford's Quays are a good example of how they've adapted to the modern …

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Blossom Gate, Kilmallock

Few Medieval towns in Ireland have retained their surrounding outer walls. But there are still remnants of this part of their history to be seen. …

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Kissing the Blarney Stone

People flock still to kiss the famous stone and, allegedly, gain the gift of loquaciousness. These days they are far less likely to injure themselves in the process! …

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