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Recording: The 1963 Tenement Crisis

StoriesTeatime Talks

Published 01 November 2023

14 Henrietta Street presents Teatime Talks, a series of talks hosted by social historian Donal Fallon, inspired by the history and people of 14 Henrietta Street.

In this talk, Donal Fallon explores the tragedies of 1963 and their long-term impacts. Sixty years ago, as Ireland was on the verge of a U.S Presidential visit, housing conditions in Dublin became the big story once more. Fifty years on from the 1913 tenement collapses which triggered a housing inquiry in the city, houses collapsed on Bolton Street and Fenian Street with the loss of four lives. In the aftermath, Dublin housing was transformed forever, with the removal of hundreds of Georgian buildings in the city centre core and the emergence of new housing solutions like Ballymun.