The Museum is a ‘pop-up’ museum currently housed within an empty shop space beside the Post Office in the Northside Shopping Centre, Oscar Traynor Road, Coolock, D17. You can also find us on Facebook.
The phrase ‘Northside’ Dublin has an iconic status in Irish culture, associated with working and lower middle class communities in north Dublin. Many of Roddy Doyle’s early novels e.g. The Commitments (1988), and The Snapper (1990) focus exclusively on the life of Northside’s working class communities. As with Doyle’s novels the geographical area it refers to is sometimes vague and mobile, often reflecting the purpose of using the term. This can be pejorative, or descriptive, an attempt to describe a place.
The emblem is rooted in the radical reconstruction of Dublin City, and the removal to the outskirts of Dublin of a huge proportion of the populace, in the aftermath of World War II. Although large scale suburbanisation of the working class had taken place in the inter war era, notably in Marino and Crumlin, the scale of the housing programme in the 1950’s and 1960’s dwarfed that of the earlier period. Furthermore, it placed a large populace at a distance from the city centre, necessitating the creation of a new community to replace the older communities which had existed in the dilapidated and overcrowded conditions of the slum tenements.
The construction of the Coolock /Kilmore area was initiated by the first Inter Party government in 1949 which began a public housing programme as a matter of urgency in Dublin and in other large town and cities. Apart from Coolock / Kilmore the legacy of this policy includes Finglas West & East, Ballyfermot, and Walkinstown in Dublin. Elsewhere, Mayfield in Cork, Lisuggan, Waterford; and Shannon, Co Clare shared the experience of the new public housing estates of the post war era. The construction of Coolock / Kilmore began in 1950’s and continued on until the 1960’s.
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