Camden Street ghost sign

On the gable end of the building above Hang Dai on Camden Street, there’s a faded ghost sign which is somewhere between 90-100 years old. Though it is forgotten and weather-worn, if you look closely you can still make out what it says.

Home Made Bread | Dublin Ghost Signs

In the photo above the words HOME MADE BREAD are painted above a circular symbol. As pointed out on Twitter the circular symbol in the sign is the ‘Déanta I nÉirinn’ logo (Made in Ireland).

Déanta i nEireann

21 Camden Street

1921 Thoms Directory

In 1908, Jennie Wyse Power acquired 21 Camden Street as one of the premises for her ‘Irish Farm Produce Company’ (which also had outlets on Upper Leeson Street and famously at 21 Henry Street).

Irish Farm Produce Company
Evening Herald, 21 December 1899

Jennie Wyse Power

Originally from Co. Wicklow, Jennie Wyse Power (née Jane O’Toole) was a nationalist and feminist who grew up in Dublin. She set up her shop on Henry Street when she was 21. In the shop, she only sold Irish produce. She also opened a restaurant there which became a meeting place for revolutionaries in Dublin.

Throughout her life, Jennie Wyse Power spoke out and campaigned on women’s issues. She was a member of organisations like Dublin Women’s Suffrage Association and the Gaelic League. She was also a founding member of Cumann na mBan in 1914 and was one of four women appointed to the first Seanad.

Jennie Wyse Power
image courtesy of the CSO

References:

A plaque on Henry Street you might walk past daily, Come Here To Me, 28 April 2010

Jennie Wyse Power (1858-1941), The Irish Times, 17 October 2012

Life in 1916 Ireland: Stories from statistics, CSO

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