13/08/2022

1907, Dublin IE – Irish International Exhibition

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1907 Dublin

Name:Irish International Exhibition
Dates:4 May – 7 Nov 1907
Days:187 days
Venue:Herbert Park – 21 ha (52 acres)
Theme:
Exhibitors:– 14 countries and colonies
Awards:
Visitors:Total visitors 2,751,113 of whom 1,361,542 paid
and 13,922 purchased season tickets.
Legacy:Costs of £340,000 and losses of £103,345

The event was planned for 1906 but was delayed for a year. The Marquis of Ormonde, KP, was President of the Exhibition, William Martin Murphy was the Chairman of the Finance and General Purposes Committee and James Shanks was the project manager. Irish journalist, William Francis Dennehy, was one of the organisers.

Grand Central Palace

The event wanted to use Phoenix Park but the transportation to/from there was inadequate, so Herbert Park was selected instead. It was beside a railway link and close to the Royal Dublin Society grounds. The event was gathered around the Grand Central Palace with gardens and an ornamental lake. There were sections for Fine Arts, Archaeology, Mechanical Arts, Industies… There was a Concert Hall and a Japanese tea room.

Herbert Park Promenade and Bandstand

The Herbert Park Promenade and bandstand proved to be a focal point.

Somali village

Attractions included motorcars, electric lighting, gas lighting, a Somali village, water-chute ride, a helter-skelter a crystal maze, and the Rivers of Ireland exhibit…

Ballsbridge entrance to the exhibition

Besides Great Britain and Ireland, British colonies, other participants included Canada, France, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, Somalia and Wales. The Canadian pavilion was well received as was the New Zealand section of the Palace of Industries this because Ireland was shaping up for Independence and enjoined the autonomy displayed.

Dublin’s weekly The Leader, believed not enough Irish labour had been used and became a regular complainant accusing the fair of being a travesty and a costly failure.

Herbert Park today includes the bandstand and the pond used for the Water-chute. Several small Tudor buildings are extant.

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