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Pics: 11 shop fronts from a different Ireland

Many – but not quite all – of these stores and pubs have now disappeared.

Pics: 11 shop fronts from a different Ireland
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  • Premier Cycles

  • The Gin Mill

  • Beshoff's

  • The Merchant

  • John Taylor Tailors

  • Fred's Oasis

  • Balfe's Antiques

  • EP Stacey

  • The Commodore

  • Martin-Hudson & Gibson

  • St Stephen's Green

THESE PHOTOS SHOW pubs and shops around Ireland in the decades leading up to the 1980s.

Many have since closed – and the streets around them show a time when our towns and cities looked quite different.

What links the businesses? Each of their signs was hand-painted by signwriter Kevin Freeney, who worked in and around Dublin for decades before his death in 1986.

Kevin’s son Paul Freeney now maintains a Flickr account dedicated to his father’s work, A Gentleman of Letters, where more examples of his signage can be seen. Paul writes:

We (Kevin’s family) do sometimes come across his work that we had not known about, but as time goes on and Dublin changes it happens less and less.

Paul now works as a photographer himself, specialising in capturing moments of street life in and around Dublin. His work can be seen on Flickr here.

For more information on Paul’s photography, visit

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