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Spot pics of Dublin in the rare aul' times popping up on the streets

Fifteen images showing the part the Guinness factory played in the city’s history will be on show.

Image: Archive Images via Guinness

DUBLIN IN THE rare aul’ times – if you weren’t there, don’t worry.

You will be able to experience a little of what one corner of activity in the capital looked like up to a century ago as Guinness digs out archive images to display around the city.

The pop-up exhibition will dust off 15 images from the St James’s Gate Storehouse photos from the company’s archive and bring them to the public. They will be visible at Christchurch, St Stephen’s Green, George’s Street (on the side of Mercantile bar) and Temple Bar (at the entrance to Meeting House Square).

The photos – see them below – show a rare insight into the labour-intensive world of the Guinness worker, and of big industry in Ireland as far back as the 1950s.

The horse-drawn cart, the train and the canal boat were the most efficient distribution methods at the time, by the look of these images.

There are also images showing workers getting basic medical treatment, an early canteen and other perks of the job at the time. And of course, there are image of St Patrick’s Day parades in the 1950s on a cobbled-streeted Dublin.

Spot pics of Dublin in the rare aul' times popping up on the streets
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  • Canal barges alongside Robert Street Maltstore basin, 1948

  • Guinness workers, 1948

  • Barge on River Liffey, 1948

  • An x-ray of a brewery employee, 1948

  • Visitor's Sample Room, St. James's Gate Brewery, 1948

  • Locomotive, 1948

  • Stable yard, St. James`s Gate Brewery, c.1906

  • Dining room at St. James`s Gate, c.1906

  • St. Patrick’s Day Parades

  • Bandstand at Guinness 200th anniversary O'Connell Street

  • Figures on lorry, St Patrick’s Day Parade 1952.

  • Guinness float, St. Patrick's Day Parade, 1970s

The archives manager at Guinness Deirdre McParland told, “This is the first time the images which are in the storehouse will be brought out to the city.

She added that the exhibition trial is broken into four different themes – transport, food, St.Patrick’s Day celebrations and a city within a city - as the brewery was often refereed to as city in a city. By 1880 it was the largest brewery in the world.

The photos will be at the four locations from March 14 – 17.

Read: Watch this dreamy ode to St. Patrick’s Day, narrated by Liam Neeson>

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