I was fortunate to get a chance to preview the “Dublin Tenement Experience” yesterday, which gives you the chance to experience the tenements during the Lockout of 1913. The experience itself opens to the public on Thursday. It is a powerful insight into what life was like during the Lockout of 1913. The acting is really fantastic. It’s taking place in No14 Henrietta Street and will run for 9 weeks with 7 performances daily. The entire performance takes 1 hour. I would highly recommend that you go and see it.
This project is a collaboration between Dublin City Council, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Irish Heritage Trust to commemorate the 1913 Lockout, and credit must go to all organisations for bringing this project to fruition. I have no doubt that this will be a popular attraction for both tourists and locals alike, and will serve to bring more people to the area, which will have knock-on benefits for the surrounding locality.
As we approach the centenary of the state, perhaps we should consider more temporary events and performances like this around the city, as there are many important anniversaries coming up that could be transformed into interesting experiences for the Dublin of today. A quick glance at the website CenturyIreland.com highlights some of the great forgotten stories of Dublin that would make for great museums, exhibits and experiences. For now, though, I would urge people to make the time to have a look into No14 Henrietta Street – it only takes an hour, and you can be surprised how quickly nine weeks will pass, and then it’s over!