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1916 then and now: reflections on the spatiality of the Rising's urban legacies
Moore-Cherry, Niamh; Ó Corráin, Daithí
Concerns about destruction and the shaping of the urban environment, so evident in 1916, manifested themselves in a very different way a century later. In the immediate aftermath of the Rising, many buildings were entirely or partially destroyed, congregational spaces in the city such as the General Post Office and Clery’s Department Store were badly damaged, and livelihoods were jeopardised as many workplaces and tools of work were damaged or looted. The most pressing concern a century ago was restitution to repair the damage and erase the material and visual legacy of the Rising so that the O’Connell Street area could be reopened for business as swiftly as possible. A campaign to this end transcended all political divisions as the British government underwrote the property losses occasioned by the Rising. In 2016, ‘destruction’ is still an important motif as heritage campaigners vigorously oppose redevelopment plans for the greater O’Connell Street area – including Moore Street, Moore Lane, and Henry Lane – lest they imperil buildings that they claim are central to the history and commemoration of the 1916 Rising. Irish Research Council
Keyword(s): Dublin; 1916 Rising; Urban reconstruction
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: University College Dublin
Publisher(s): Geographical Society of Ireland
First Indexed: 2019-05-11 06:16:31 Last Updated: 2019-05-11 06:16:31