Our playground was the street
At 14 Henrietta Street, we are dedicated to collecting the memories and stories of life in the house and on the street and in other Dublin tenements. These recollections from former residents allow us to share the social history of Dublin through the museum.
A topic that often comes up when we speak to people is the memory of football as an important, often joyful part of life in tenement times. A true egalitarian game, football was suited to the urban environment and enjoyed mass appeal in the city by the early 20th century.
That's why we're delighted to welcome Gerard Farrell of The Bohemian Foundation to give our next online Teatime Talk: The makings of the people's game - Football in Dublin 1880 -1970 on Wednesday 10th February.
For many inner city kids in Dublin, days were spent on the street with friends playing football. Sometimes a proper football wasn’t to be had, so one was made from rags or balled up newspapers. With jumpers down for goalposts, the street suddenly became a pitch