Richmond Barracks

4-Week Course: A History of Housing in Dublin

Update: This course is now fully booked. If you made an email enquiry, we will be in touch shortly.

Where did the Dublin tenements come from? Where were the first suburbs in Dublin? 

This four-week course will explore the social and architectural history of housing of the capital during the 19th and 20th centuries. Examining key figures in Dublin’s housing history such as Herbert George Simms (Housing Architect to Dublin Corporation from 1932 until 1948), and Daithí P. Hanly (former Dublin City Architect), we will discover how housing in the inner-city and suburbia has changed over the decades.

Held over four consecutive Wednesdays, this free online course will consist of talks and discussions, led by Dublin Historian and lecturer Donal Fallon.

Week 1: Tenement Beginnings

Week 2: The First Suburbias: Townships and Victorian Dublin

Week 3: From Marino to Crumlin: Housing in the Free State

Week 4: Bally-far-out: Housing Since the 1950s


Donal Fallon is a historian, broadcaster, author and curator from Dublin. Formerly Historian in Residence to Dublin City Council, he is the author of numerous studies of twentieth-century Dublin, including the recently published ‘14 Henrietta Street: From Tenements to Suburbia, 1922 – 1979 ’. He produces the Three Castles Burning podcast and has contributed to publications including Jacobin, Dublin Historical Review, Saothar and The Irish Times. Donal Fallon is Social Historian for Dublin City Council Culture Company.


Book your place

To join this course, please email us at projects@dublincitycouncilculturecompany.ie. Places are free but limited so please contact us early to avoid disappointment.

This course will take place online using Zoom, a free online meeting platform. You will need an internet connection and a compatible device (e.g. computer, laptop, iPad, tablet, phone) to access Zoom. 

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the email address above or by calling +353 1-524 2532 and we will respond to your message as soon as we can.

Photo: Henrietta House Flats 1980 by William Mooney. Dublin City Library And Archive; Dublin City Council Photographic Collection.

This event repeats weekly.