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Church Street Tenement Disaster

Newspaper cutting from the ‘Daily Sketch’ showing the funeral for victims of the Church Street tenement collapse
8 September 1913
25.5 cm x 18 cm

On the evening of 2 September 1913 two overcrowded tenement buildings at No. 66 and No. 67 Church Street collapsed. Of those trapped in the buildings, seven died – including three children – and many others were left seriously injured. Over 100 people were left homeless and destitute. The tragedy, occurring at a time of heightened political and labour unrest, highlighted the dreadful conditions of many of the buildings in Dublin, both in terms of the physical fabric of the dwellings and the endemic overcrowding in inner city tenements. A report on the disaster was presented to Parliament in February 1914, but with the outbreak of war in the summer of that year the housing conditions of Dublin ceased to be a political priority. The Capuchin Friar in the photograph of the funeral cortege passing the site of the disaster on Church Street is Fr. Thomas Dowling OFM Cap.

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