Dublin Daily Express Offices

Dublin Daily Express Offices

Postby JemP » Sat Jan 17, 2004 2:57 pm

Does anyone know the location of the offices of the newspaper the Dublin Daily Express in 1898?

Thanks for your help

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Postby PVC King » Sat Jan 17, 2004 3:21 pm

Go to the National Library and check the thoms commercial directory for that and one or two subsequent years. Thats if it lasted any longer than its latter namesake.
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Postby GrahamH » Sat Jan 17, 2004 7:43 pm

I know in the 1910s they were based near the Olympia, either on Dame St or close by - I think it was Dame St though.

Isn't 1898 the year Marconi sent his first message to the newspaper - I think the first ever 'live' coverage of an event?
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Postby JemP » Sat Jan 17, 2004 8:38 pm

Yes - I'm writing an article about the transmission - as you say the first sports broadcast. I think it was somewhere in Lord Edward Street/Castle St. area.
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Postby GrahamH » Sun Jan 18, 2004 5:06 pm

So fifth class history wasn't completely wasted on me!
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Postby Devin » Mon Jan 19, 2004 12:11 am

No relation to the Dublin Daily that folded last year I suppose? Their offices were in a wonderful 1930s cinema in Fairview (and not listed) with original steel windows .
(Sorry, I know that's no help)
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Postby JemP » Mon Jan 19, 2004 7:35 pm

No. The original paper was somewhat of an institution. I've come across several quotes like this (speaking about the 1916 rising): 'Captain Connolly's detachment had been detailed to occupy the City Hall and the "Daily Express" building opposite it.' So presumably it was near Lord Edward St.
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Postby PVC King » Mon Jan 19, 2004 7:46 pm

That is entirely correct JemP,

But Lord Edward St wasn't built until 1905, so it these offices were seven years after your broadcast. A simple trip to the National library will give you the exact location. As Thom's Commercial Directory lists every rate payer in the city and more critically where the rating liability arose.
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Postby JemP » Mon Jan 19, 2004 7:54 pm

Thanks Diaspora for that - as you originally suggested. I suppose I thought it would be common knowledge...
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Postby GrahamH » Mon Jan 19, 2004 7:57 pm

There's another piece of info that says during the Rising, Dublin Castle was protected by armed guards atop the Express Offices overlooking the Castle St entrance and the approaches from Dame St.
Diaspora is right - it's so easy to check in the Ntl Library via Thoms, assuming the city centre is convenient.
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Postby dc3 » Wed Jan 21, 2004 8:06 pm

The Dublin Evening Mail offices were in what were, I think, later on to become the Dublin Corporation Rates Office, when the Mail closed forever sometime in the 1950's, - This is a rather nice building just beyond the upper gate of the Castle on the other side of the street.

I seem to recall a connection between the Evening Mail and the Irish Times. Could this have also been the Express office?

Thoms is your man.
By the way it is by no means infallible.
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Postby JemP » Fri Jan 23, 2004 5:52 pm

I made it into the National Library today and two minutes with Thoms told me the offices were Nos 1 and 2 Cork Hill - the street that links Lord Edward St. and Dame St. It's the building on the corner, opposite City Hall and on the Parliament St corner nearest Christ Church. Today it's an italian restaurant called Da Pino. So there.

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