After the Abbey fire

This image of the doors leading from the balcony of the old Abbey Theatre down to the vestibule shows the devastation wrought by the fire of 1951. Only a ribbon of fabric remains forlornly hanging from the rail on the left, the last remnant of the curtain used to keep out the draught coming up the stairs. The decoration above the doorway shows one of the many decorative features of the old Abbey Theatre. One of the few surviving decorative elements of the old theatre is a copper mirror crafted by the Youghal metal works. This mirror is proudly displayed present day in our foyer..

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