Posts by John Keane


Fallon’s ‘The Capstan Bar’

Fallon’s ‘The Capstan Bar’ Fallon’s ‘The Capstan’ Bar is located in Dublin’s Liberties area on the Coombe and is just beside the Hyatt Centric Hotel. It is only a short distance away from the historic Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. The pub’s original name of ‘The Capstan Bar’ comes... 

Understanding Dan Donnelly’s Rise to Fame

Understanding Dan Donnelly’s rise to fame   The Role of the Hero in Irish Folk Tradition. One powerful reason that Dan Donnelly became the folk hero that inspired Ireland was that the Irish have a deep emotional attachment to lone heroes who defend their country and its honour in single combat.... 

Ireland’s Swans

Ireland’s  Swans –  A graceful and myth rich creature, John Keane discusses the swan in Ireland Mute Swans on the Grand Canal A large flock of Mute swans, approximately 50, arrives at Inchicore in September and is present during the winter on the Grand Canal at Davitt Road. This flock consists... 

Dan Donnelly: Ireland’s First Sports Celebrity

Dan Donnelly: Ireland’s First Sports Celebrity – John tells us about one of Dublin’s most famous boxers Dan Donnelly was born in March 1788 in Townsend Street Dublin and was the ninth child and eldest surviving son from a family of 17 children. His father was a carpenter and Donnelly... 

The Darker Side of Bully’s Acre

  The Darker Side of Bully’s Acre: Grave Robbers and Riotous Behaviour Grave robbers or ‘sack em up’ men. by John Keane Graverobbers, also known as bodysnatchers ‘sack-em-up’ men or ‘resurrectionists’ were busiest in Ireland from the late 17th century to 1832, when the Anatomy Act... 

Bully’s Acre Kilmainham

Bully’s Acre Kilmainham by John Keane – A fascinating history from our newest addition to the FRG Journalist team This cemetery lies within the grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, at the Richmond Gate end of the Royal Hospital directly opposite the historic Kilmainham Gaol. Kilmainham... 
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