Propped-up buildings on Church Street, Dublin, 1913.
Two tenement houses collapsed in Church Street on 2 September
1913. Fifteen people were trapped in the rubble: six died, and at least seven
were seriously injured. An inquest held into the collapse revealed that the
Dangerous Buildings Inspector had examined the houses at the beginning of August,
and ordered that immediate renovation work be carried out. In a follow-up visit
on 15 August, the Inspector passed the buildings as safe, although he admitted
to the Coroner's Court that he could not see whether a new supporting beam had
been fitted because it was blocked at the time. The Church Street disaster was
not the first time tenements had collapsed, but the numbers killed and injured
Source: From the 'Darkest Dublin' photo collection housed in the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland (RSAI). Copyright remains with the RSAI.