Dublin: 2 °C Friday 22 January, 2021

In pictures: Identical views of Dublin 50 years apart

Armed with a 1961 collection of Dublin photographs, Paul Walsh set out to capture exactly the same views half a century later. Here are some of the results.

O'Connell Street, 1961
O'Connell Street, 1961

OVER THE LAST half a century, the Dublin landscape has been radically altered – the guinea pig of one economic boom and at least two recessions.

This year, freelance photographer Paul Walsh set out to document exactly how the capital has changed in the last five decades. Using a collection of photographs taken in 1961, he captured the view from exactly the same spot 50 years on. Together, the images are an insight into exactly how Dublin has grown and developed.

Nelson’s column has joined numerous cigarette adverts in the dustbin of history; we see the arrival of the Spire, the Liffey Boardwalk, and a lot of traffic lights. Perhaps surprisingly, the city has also gained quite a few trees.

Slideshow: A selection of images of Dublin 50 years ago and today. See the full collection at Paul Walsh’s website. All 1961 images are taken from the Charles W Cushman Collection.

In pictures: Identical views of Dublin 50 years apart
1 / 6

About the author:

Michael Freeman

Read next:


This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

    Leave a commentcancel