- 08 Jan 18
To some, they are merely a relic of the past. But to hundreds of rough sleepers in the city centre, they provide a vital link with emergency accommodation services. Jack Maguire examines the implications of phone box displacement upon our homeless community.
Eir (formerly known as Telecom Éireann) have been in charge of public phones in Ireland since our first phone box was installed in 1925 on Dawson Street, Dublin. The iconic “Telefon” branding soon spread throughout the island as we prepared to host the Catholic Eucharistic Congress seven years later.
These boxes provided communities with a link to emigrated loved ones long before the days of instant messaging, and played an integral role in people’s daily lives for the rest of the 20th century.