Dublin Port Diaries

Dockland Stories, Nicknames & Dictionary

“An image that stayed with me from a story told by one Docker about the Russian ships coming in with cargos of timber with snow still frozen on the boards and in the snow the imprint of bare feet of the women who had loaded the cargo back in Russia. As bad as things got somebody else always had it worse. The footprints have long disappeared but the stories remains.” John Grogan, Introduction

Published by Fighting Words and Dublin Port Company, this book was created by members of the Dublin Dock Workers Preservation Society. Retired Dockers and family members documented life working on the docks and what it was like to live in the surrounding Dublin docklands. They told stories of first days, typical days and their last days working on the docks. As a collective the group created a Dockers’ Dictionary and also chronicled Dockers’ Nicknames.

Fighting Words is a creative writing centre established by Roddy Doyle and Sean Love. It opened in January 2009 and aims to help students of all ages develop their writing skills and to explore their love of writing.

Dublin Port Company created the Port Perspectives project as part of Dublin Port’s Masterplan 2040. It aims to reconnect the Port with the City by celebrating their intertwined story.

Publication Date:  20th November 2019

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