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A talk given by The Inquisition at Defuse, on Wednesday 7th November 2012, as part of Designweek in Dublin, Ireland
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There are people out there who pretend to like coffee. Coffee Haters – you have been warned.
False flag, covert ops by Americans against Americans? Sounds crazy, and so it was deemed.
55 years ago Roland Barthes considered the importance of plastic and what it meant, as a substance and a symbol.
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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.
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
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