Dublin (Henry Street) – Store 76

18-19 Henry Street, Dublin 1, Ireland

Woolworths opened their second Dublin store on Henry Street in 1918. The building was purpose-built, as the building that had previously been on the site was destroyed in the Easter Rising of April 1916. You can see the year ‘1917’ in the gable as this was when it was built. The store was bigger than the first Dublin branch on Grafton Street (Store 31), with an entrance on Henry Street and another entrance to a shopping arcade.

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1918

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1918

Source: Historic England

The store was extended over time, taking over the two stores to the left.

Woolworths in Henry Street was famous in particular for its Ice Cream kiosk.

“Apart from cheap sweets and pop records, the great attraction of Woolworths for kids, and many parents, was its ice-cream kiosk. In the early 1930s, when refrigeration was still a novelty in many parts of the country, Woolworths had all the US-supplied equipment necessary to become the biggest seller of ice cream in Ireland. Queues formed in both of their Dublin stores from morning opening to evening closing to buy their famously creamy cones. Hughes Brothers (HB) won the contract to supply all of Woolworths’ ice cream in the late 1920s and the chain remained HB’s biggest customer until the late 1960s” Independent.ie

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1970

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1970

Source: Pinterest

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1972

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1972

Source: Independent.ie

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1975

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1975

In 1980 the store had a full makeover with a new fascia and pastel-coloured modernised units inside (you can read more about that here, and the lead up to the closure of all Irish Woolworth stores).

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1984

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1984

The store closed in 1984, and was sub divided into seven different units – four on Henry Street and three inside the arcade.

Today the original front of the building is occupied by Vision Express and HMV, with the extension occupied by Boots and Extrovert.  If you look above you can still see the original architecture.

Dublin Former Woolworths, Henry Street

Dublin Former Woolworths, Henry Street

Source: Irish Times

With thanks to Stephen Nolan for his help on this post.


You can read about Store 75 Aberdare here

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3 responses

  1. If you check out the RTÉ player archive, there is a news report available about the closure of the Irish stores, with footage from inside the Henry Street store. It’s worth watching.

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    1. Great, thanks for that!

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  2. Yes. It’s a great archive video of the store

    This is the link:
    https://www.rte.ie/archives/2014/1006/650327-woolworths-irish-stores-close/

    The manager is interviewed on closing day along with staff. One lady who worked there 49 years!

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