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Looks like demolition, or at least extreme gutting, of buildings on Charlotte Street, Dublin. There's a sign for Charlotte Place at the right of this photo, but I couldn't for the life of me find a trace of either still existing. Asked in anyone knew where this Dublin street was, and thanks to Irish251 for this snippet from Wikipedia's page on Dublin's Portobello area:

"Starting in the 1980s Kelly's Corner was re-developed. Old Camden Street and Charlotte Street disappeared and the ruined buildings there made way for the Camden Court Hotel. The north side of Harcourt road was developed, Stein's the opticians being the last to go in the first phase, and Gleeson's pub in the second."


Thanks also to A. P. Luckwill for this edited Google Map showing where Charlotte Street was. And decided I better do some work myself, so here's Charlotte Street on the always excellent OSI site.


MKSeery has helped out by researching the Kavanaghs on Charlotte Street in the 1911 census, and found:

"Looking at 1901 census, James Kavanagh (27) was a hair-dresser on Charlotte St. He wasn't married. He had three sisters Mary (31) Kate (29) and Ellen (17). By 1911, James married and had two daughters Ellen (3) and Martha (1).


I suppose it seems more likely that the daughters rather than the sisters became the "Kavanagh Sisters" in 1964?"


Building on MKSeery's investigation, I had a bit of a peruse in the online census and found in 1911 at 8.1 Charlotte Street, we've Ellen (3) and Martha (1). At 8.2 Charlotte Street, there's also Willie Kavanagh, a "male relative" listed as a "Hairdresser Improver" so obviously hairdressing was in the Kavanagh blood.


By 1964, Ellen and Martha would have been 56 and 54 respectively, and there may even have been other Kavanagh girls (not born in 1911) who made up the team at Kavanagh Sisters...


Waltzer found a great shot of this street in Dublin Public Libraries Vanishing Dublin set (click on Original, bottom right).


Photographer: Elinor Wiltshire


Date: 1964


NLI Ref.: WIL 1[3]

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Taken sometime in 1964