not only the earth we share
Who Makes The City
The Production of Daily Life
Project Information

In collaboration with Household, Sol Archer has spent time with individuals and groups identifying with contemporary and historical Sailortown and it’s surrounding area: elderly former residents, new migrant communities, local grassroots organisations, and children and young people living in a small post-2008 crash social housing complex.

This process has involved the documentation of oral histories, with a particular focus on historical conditions of labour in the Docks, seafaring, and the now long-gone mills and factories to which Sailortown provided generations of workers.



oral histories

John, Billy, & Bobby
Terry Bo
Marie, Mary, & Sue

This archive will be added to over time.  The documents incorporate personal histories, labour conditions, spatialised recollections, reproductive labour, immigration, religion, international solidarity, poetry, song, city planning, the troubles, the struggle for Irish independence, and the construction of working class community identity.


Tommy O’Hara

read by

Geordie O’Hara

Marie O’Hara

Tommy O’Hara was a Docker from the sixties onward. His poems reflect on the memory of Sailortown and the historical act of dispossession.

Tommys poems are here  read by his brother, Geordie O’Hara and his sister-in-law, Marie O’Hara