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14 Henrietta Street Teatime Talks: From Townhouse to Tenement

September 29, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Presented by 14 Henrietta Street.

In 1800, Henrietta Street was one of the most elegant and elite addresses in all of Georgian Dublin yet by 1900 Henrietta Street had become synonymous with Dublin’s poverty and decline. With almost every house on the street in use as tenements.

In his new book, Henrietta Street: Grandeur and Decline, Dr Tim Murtagh tells the story of Henrietta Street over the period 1800 to 1914. Commencing with the Act of Union and finishing on the eve of the Irish Civil War, the book investigates the nature and origins of Dublin’s housing crisis in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Join Dr Tim Murtagh, in conversation with Dr. Ciarán Wallace as they discuss the book and use the story of one street to explore the history of an entire city.

Timothy Murtagh completed his PhD at TCD in 2015. His doctoral thesis was on Dublin’s working-class radicals in the eighteenth century. He is the author of “Spectral Mansions, The Birth of a Dublin Tenement’ (Four Courts Press) and several articles and book chapters on Dublin’s social history and the origins of Irish republicanism. From 2015 to 2016, he was the Irish Government Senior Scholar to Hertford College, Oxford. He is currently a research fellow with the Beyond 2022 project, based in the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) in Belfast. Since 2015, he has acted as a historical consultant to the 14 Henrietta Street museum, as well as being a committee member of the Dublin Historical Research Network.

Dr. Ciarán Wallace is Deputy Director of Beyond 2022. Having completed his PhD on early 20th-century Dublin, he lectured in Modern Irish History at Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University and Liverpool John Moore’s University. Ciarán has published on the social and political history of Dublin and is a convenor of the Dublin History Research Network.



September 29, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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