Dublin: Then and Now An Irish American Heritage
In the summer of 1963 the American award-winning photojournalist
Marvin Koner traveled to Dublin as part of a worldwide photo-shoot
sponsored by Kodak. Koner’s photographs of Dublin’s inner
city and docklands reflect his abiding interest in social
conditions and recall Dublin at a time when the inner city and
docklands area suffered from high unemployment, poverty and general
deprivation. Several of these poignant images were featured
in the Photography Annual 1963, a publication by the editors of
Popular Photography that showcased a “selection of the world’s
In August 1990 Koner’s widow, Mrs. Silvia Koner donated these
photographs to the national Irish American Heritage Museum in
Albany, New York. These extraordinary photographs would
become the basis for our acclaimed “Dublin: Then and Now” exhibit
that was presented in 2006 at The National Library in Dublin.
Each image has a descriptive caption based on the captions in the
Photography Annual with additional information provided by Mr.
Niall Dardis, Archivist, Dublin Port Co., and by the late Mr.
Éamonn Mac Thomáis.
In the summer of 2003 the Dublin photographer Declan Corrigan was
commissioned by the Museum to take photographs of the inner city
and docklands as an epilogue to those taken forty years earlier by
Marvin Koner. Corrigan’s photographs attest to the massive
transformation that has taken place in the intervening forty
About the Museum
The mission of the national Irish American Heritage Museum is to
preserve and tell the story of the contributions of the Irish
people and their culture in America, inspiring individuals to
examine the importance of their own heritage as part of the
The national Irish American Heritage Museum was permanently
chartered in 1992 by the Board of Regents of the State of New
York. The Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving and
interpreting materials and objects related to the history and
heritage of the Irish American population of New York State and the
United States. As such, the Museum is unique in America,
where almost 40,000,000 individuals claim Irish ancestry.
Learn more about the Museum by visiting the website
www.irishamericanheritagemuseum.org, calling on (518) 432-6598
or visiting at 991 Broadway, Albany, NY 12204.
Opening February 3
Consulate General of
Ireland, 345 Park Ave, 17th Floor,
New York NY 10154
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call
212-319-2554/2563 to arrange to view this exhibition.