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VIDEO: A drive down Grafton Street, Dublin, in 1976

Reader Max McQuillan sent in this cool video of his father and a friend driving around Dublin’s city centre in the 1970s.

THESE DAYS you’re only likely to see a car travelling down Grafton Street when it’s being driven by a Garda or a security company – or when a tourist hasn’t quite gotten the hang of the pedestrian-only areas.

The younger generations of Dubliners can often forget that the street was only pedestrianised in the mid-1980s – which makes this video, sent in by a reader overnight, pretty awesome.

Max McQuillan’s father filmed himself and a friend driving a Mini Moke around the city centre on September 4, 1976 – and 35 years on, his sons have stuck the video on YouTube for the world to see.

The route begins at the top of Grafton Street, goes down Suffolk Street and College Green (in front of the under-construction Central Bank), then down Westmoreland Street, over O’Connell Bridge and down O’Connell Street.

Warning: this video may contain flares.

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