Were there any "skyscrapers", and how did people move around the city? What were the newspapers reporting upon, and what programmes were popular on the radio? What emerges is an interesting "human-scale" compact city, filled with every amenity, and a joy to live in. 1954 was also the year which was designated by the Pope as the "Marian Year", in honour of Our Lady, which was welcomed with open arms by the Irish people, who built hundreds of Marian Shrines around the country, and went on numerous pilgrimages. Looking back after nearly seventy years, it is clear to see that Dublin has gained much in the meantime, but also lost a lot, in terms of a way-of-life, and the city's infrastructure and architecture.