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Trans-substantial Catholics

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Poor Hanno

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Intelligence and Happiness?

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Buried by the Sea

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Cycling Two Abreast

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Indoors / Outdoors (Defuse)

A talk given by The Inquisition at Defuse, on Wednesday 7th November 2012, as part of Designweek in Dublin, Ireland


Nürnburg’s Extra Bombs

Nürnburg got ripped to shreds by Bomber Harris’ boys. By how much appears to be open to debate.


Law & Morality

The preface to HLA Hart’s publication of his 1961 lecture series on the meeting of law and morality is as prevalent today as it ever was.


Foy – The Bodiless Head

A bodiless head is revered as being Saint Foy, who died a cruel death.


Coffee Haters

There are people out there who pretend to like coffee. Coffee Haters – you have been warned.


False Flags 2

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Plastic 55 Years Ago

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Cesare Borgia’s Party

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Marriage – A Potted History

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Blinking Morse

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Synecdoche

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Marshalsea

Marshalsea Barracks stood in the shadow of the Guinness Brewery in one the oldest parts of Dublin. It was built close to the Liberties in the 1740s as a debtors’ prison and for a short period even served as an arsenal for Robert Emmett and his followers.

In the 20th century it was a tenement (grand old buildings later subdivided into lots and without adequate facilities) dwelling that housed many large families in appalling poverty. In the 1911 census it was recorded as holding 88 registered residents, as a total of 15 family units. Interestingly, these people were of various religious affiliations, although Irish history since then has been portrayed as very much a them-and-us affair. The barracks was condemned and demolished in the 1960s. These photos were taken just previous to this.

The photos below were taken by the late Sean McDonnell Snr, who as a photographer, simply documented what was before him, entirely artlessly. This he did throughout his life without ever developing an aesthetic or definite approach. Still he was a damn good grandfather… So, if you are using these photos for anything just let The Inquisition know first via the comments below.

Marshalsea Barracks by Sean McDonnell (The Old Man)

Marshalsea Barracks by Sean McDonnell (The Old Man)


Marshalsea Barracks by Sean McDonnell (The Old Man)

Marshalsea Barracks by Sean McDonnell (The Old Man)


Marshalsea Barracks by Sean McDonnell (The Old Man)

Marshalsea Barracks by Sean McDonnell (The Old Man)


Marshalsea Barracks by Sean McDonnell (The Old Man)

Marshalsea Barracks by Sean McDonnell (The Old Man)


Marshalsea Barracks by Sean McDonnell (The Old Man)

Marshalsea Barracks by Sean McDonnell (The Old Man)


Marshalsea Barracks by Sean McDonnell (The Old Man)

Marshalsea Barracks by Sean McDonnell (The Old Man)

Further Information on the barracks can be found here:
The National Archives 1911 Census Online
Image of the surrounding area from UCC
A Ghost watcher’s Guide to Ireland, John Dunne, Pelican
The Plough and the Stars, Sean O’Casey, Faber and Faber, 2001

This article was posted by on Monday, July 5th, 2010 at 04:01.
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4 Responses to Marshalsea

  1. tracey sands says:

    Its great to see these pics as my dad was born there the last pic block p was the one were he was born and i now live facing were this block was

    • Ronan says:

      Lovely to hear that Tracey. They were taken by my grandfather. I still have the slides and can organise a better scan if you wish – my contact details can be found here

  2. Henry Barth says:

    There is a nice pen-and-watercolour drawing of the building done by Flora Mitchell for her book “Vanishing Dublin” – 1970.

    Currently the original is at auction at DeVeres on 17 May, It is Lot 10 at: http://deveresart.com/dv.htm


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