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January Teatime Talk:How the retail industry changed the face of Dublin City Centre (1750 – 2000)

Teatime Talks

Published 17 December 2021

When: Wednesday 5 January 2022 at 7pm
Where: Online via Zoom
Cost: Free

How has the retail industry changed over the years in Dublin city and what do those changes tell us about the city and its people?

During this free online talk Dr. Muldowney will dive into the history of the retail industry of Dublin city from 1750 to 2000, looking at what shops traded, where they traded, and what this tells us about the changing face of the captial. This talk will shine a light on the lives of retail workers and the evolution of their role as the industry grew in importance, both economically and socially.

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 Dr. Mary Muldowney is the Dublin City Council Historian in Residence for the Dublin Central area. She is the author of books and journal articles and regularly makes short videos about the history of Dublin in the areas in which she works. Mary has a particular interest in labour and women's history and she is a member of the organising committee of the Irish Labour History Society. She was recently appointed as co-editor of the Society's journal, Saothar. She is also a member of the Expert Working Group for the Grangegorman Histories Project and is directing the oral history element of the programme. She is a regular consultant on other history projects.


Teatime Talks is a series of talks inspired by the history, people and surroundings of 14 Henrietta Street. Do you have a memory of Dublin’s tenements or know someone who does? Whatever your connection, we would like to hear from you.

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Photo: Rear view of Arnotts in the 19th Century.