Poster: Dublin c.840~c.1540 'The years of mediaeval growth'.
During the years 1986-88 I worked for my uncle
Liam O Connor, who was a good friend of the poets
and Michael Hartnett. Liam had this
poster hanging in his studio, and it was the one possession of his that I wanted
after his death in 2010.
Click on the image above for the full sized version, which is very large.
The poster is from the late 1970s, so no doubt some of the archaeology is out
of date, but there's a great deal of information in it that will be of interest
to anyone familiar with Dublin. Note 'The Green Area of St. Stephen', which is
now St. Stephen's Green - this will allow moderns to locate the general area of
today's Grafton Street. Also note that hangman's lane and the gibbet mede are
very close to today's Four Courts, so that part of Dublin has had the same
function for at least 500 years. Also, Dolphin's Barn is 'Dolfynesberne' - the
story that it was named after the French Dauphin being a myth, sadly (Dolphyne
was a family who owned a storehouse there).
I spent about
2 weeks working on the image in Photoshop, cleaning it up, removing
scratches and creases, fixing the dark areas.