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Hughie & Blackie | by Anthony Cronin
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Hughie & Blackie

Hughie: Best Viewed Large On Black


In a dark foreboding back alley in the centre of Dublin that lies behind a crumbling Georgian house is an old stables, hidden away from the world. Inside is Hughie’s place a stable of 4 horses. Hughie owns two of the most fantastic horse drawn carriages, hand made, sadly under tarpaulins at time I found his place but the craftsmanship on the parts I could see were amazing.. One a black funeral hearse the other a white Cinderella Wedding Carriage. One of the two of these in Dublin.


Hughie is a face of Dublin few meet a man of many opinions and ideas on everything from economy to crime to the local history.


The horse is Blackie, he also has two mottled white horses he told me were Lipizzaner Horses, for the wedding carriage. We talked for ages about how his trade has changed, that the horse drawn black hearses are popular with the drug-dealers for funerals and how ordinary folk are now shying away from hiring him.


I’ll be back to photograph him and his horses when the carriages are next out.


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Taken on April 15, 2009