The Dublin’s city center was redeveloped in the 1970s, some of it controversial as fine old buildings were demolished. During the late 20th century, slums were demolished and new estates were built on the outskirts of the city to replace them. In the 1990s, however, new apartments were built in the city’s center. Dublin Institute of Higher Education was founded in 1975. In the early 1970s the Irish government canceled the hitherto annual Easter parade, and outlawed it in 1976. They feared it would serve as a recruiting tool for illegal paramilitaries. On Easter Sunday, however, 10,000 people participated in a demonstration organized by the Provisional republican movement. Catholics were allowed to attend Trinity College in 1970 after the Catholic Church reversed its ban. Tourism became a significant industry, and Ireland’s EU membership brought more international organizations and firms to the city. In July 1976 the British ambassador and a young assistant were murdered in Sandyford by the IRA as they drove to work.
Dublin also suffered from “The Troubles” in varying degrees. However, unlike other cities, it didn’t experience paramilitary violence directly, except for a few loyalist bombings in the 1970s. The British Embassy in Merrion Square in Dublin was burned down in 1972 by angry crowds in protest of the shooting of 13 civilians by British troops on Bloody Sunday (1972). Three people were killed, and 185 were injured in the Dublin bombings of 1972 and 1973. In 1974, Talbot street suffered the worst bomb attacks. A series of terrorist attacks on Dublin and Monaghan in the Republic of Ireland on 17 May 1974 killed 33 people (26 of them in Dublin) and injured more than 300 others.
These fascinating black and white photos will take you back to Dublin in the 1970s.
Spanish singer Karina posed wearing a pair of purple velvet loon pants as she lies on a wall in front of her hotel before going on to perform the song 'En un mundo nuevo' on stage for Spain in the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin, Ireland on 3rd April 1971.