Local History


St James and Compostela

The following is a history of St James and the link between the famous pilgrimage route between Dublin and Spain, brilliantly researched By Sean J. Murphy.  Please use the arrow buttons at the end of each page to move to the next one.  There is also a zoom function if the writing is a little small. pilgrimagecompostelasmurphy  Read More »

The Earl of Meath’s Liberty

The Earl of Meath’s Liberty – in this article, Ross Murray presents the history of Earl of Meath’s Liberty.  The arrival of the Hughnauts and the beginning of industry in Dublin’s Oldest Quarter.  Walking down Cork Street towards the Coombe  and the City Center you... 

Little Jerusalem and a History of the Jewish Community in Dublin

Robert Briscoe speaks to President Kennedy as Lord Mayor of Dublin Little Jerusalem and a History of the Jewish Community in Dublin – Ross Murray provides an excellent insight into Ireland’s little spoken about Jewish community, a fascinating history spanning centuries, and all sides of the... 

The Mendicity Institute. 200 Years in Dublin

The Mendicity Institute recently commemorated 200 years of its foundation in Dublin. For the vast majority of us (myself included) it was a garrison held by the rebels during easter week and our knowledge of what it actually is and does goes no further than that. The word mendicity is the same as mendicancy... 

The Iveagh Market – A Past

The Iveagh Market – A Past In this first part of a two part article, Ross Murray discusses the origins of the Iveagh Market.  One of Dublin’s iconic buildings and forums in times past. At one point there were numerous markets scattered throughout Dublin, but by the mid nineties most of these disappeared... 

A Jarvey’s Life

A Jarvey’s Life – In this article, Ross Murray interviews Patrick Harris, Local horse and cart man, afamed hat wearer, and well loved familiar face in Dublin about the challenges facing the Jarvies in the city. Patrick also explains how he became involved in the trade, his typical day and... 

Street traders of Thomas Street

A regular feature of life on Thomas street are the stalls which are dotted along the road up to St. Catherine’s Church. I managed to sit down for a cup of tea with Kathleen and have a chat about trading on the street. Their day starts at 6 am. The stall is set up and running by 9 am and trading... 

The Rising In The Union Exhibition Online

The Rising In The Union Exhibition Online The Fountain Resource Group’s local 1916 exhibition now online (give it a second to load)   01-the-road-to-the-rising-part-1-qxp 02-the-road-to-the-rising-part-2-rev-qxp 03-the-road-to-the-rising-part-3-qxp 04-easter-week-part-1-qxp 05-easter-week-part-2-qxp... 

Life in 1916 Ireland: Stories from statistics

The Irish Museum of Modern Art is presently running a project called A Fair Land. It is a village operating in the courtyard of the Kilmainham Royal Hospital predating 1916. Walking through this little village, you are supposed to ‘time-travel’ back into the past and experience what life was like... 

George Fullerton – Irish Revolutionary and Local Hero

George Fullerton – Irish Revolutionary and Local Hero On Monday 25 April 2016 a special service took place at the graveyard adjoining the former Anglican Church on James’s Street in memory of 1916 Easter Rising veterans Lieutenant George Fullerton of the Irish Citizen Army and his wife, Elizabeth... 

1916 Rebel John J O’Grady Buried in St James’s Graveyard

1916 Rebel John J O’Grady Buried in St James’s Graveyard By Sean J Murphy Gravestone of Volunteer John J O’Grady in St James’s Graveyard Having ceased to be used for religious purposes in the 1960s and lain vacant in recent years, the old St James’s Protestant Church in James’s Street is... 

Video of George Fullerton’s Service

A video of the  special service for the memory of Lieutenant George Fullerton of the Irish Citizen Army and his wife, Elizabeth Fullerton who served in Cumman na mBan both lived at 52 Bow Lane west, James’s Street. Presided over by Fr John Collins.  For their story click here   Read More »

A Trip Down Memory Lane

I was on my way home from work the other day and decided to pay a visit to St. Audoen’s Church. I have always been eager to check it out considering I pass by it on a regular basis. I read somewhere that there is a lucky stone hidden inside, so I took a walk around the church grounds in the hope... 

Rising in the Union Exhibition Online Part 2

Easter Week 1916 throughout the City   Easter Monday April 24th 11.00- 11.40am           Over 1,000 members of the Irish Volunteers, Irish Citizen Army and Cumann Na mBan assemble in various locations around Dublin.  They then occupy various strategic buildings in the city: General Post... 

Rising In the Union Exhibition Online Part 1

As requested by many visitors, the “Rising in the Union” exhibition will now go online.  In this installment, the historic context of the Rising is discussed. The Road to the Rising Part 1 An Uneasy Relationship with the Neighbouring Island The story of the Irish struggle for Independence... 

Blessing of Irish Heroes Graves in St James’ Graveyard

Blessing of Irish Heroes Graves in St James’ Graveyard Monday the 25th of April will see a special service for the memory of Lieutenant George Fullerton of the Irish Citizen Army and his wife, Elizabeth Fullerton who served in Cumman na mBan both lived at 52 Bow Lane west, James’s Street. George... 

James’ Hospital & TCD – 1916 Commemoration Weekend

James’ Hospital & TCD – 1916 Commemoration Weekend St.James’s Hospital commemorates 1916 with events taking place over three days from Friday, the 6th of May until Sunday, the 8th of May, at the Saint James’s Hospital, James’s Street, Dublin 8. Programme: Friday, 6th May – Trinity... 

Remembering The Tenements Day

Remembering The Tenements Day  There will be a special event taking place in Kings Inns, Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, on Saturday the 16th of April, 2016. ‘Remembering the Tenements Day’ will be hosted between 10 am and 3.30 pm. People who grew up (or had relatives who grew up) in a tenement house... 

Kilmainham Gaol To Host “Signatories”

In April Signatories, a theatrical play about the seven signatories who signed the Proclamation of the Irish Republic in 1916, will be presented in a promenade production in Kilmainham Gaol. Signatories will be running from the 22nd of April to the 5th of May and will be performed at Kilmainham Gaol... 

The Oldest Pub in Ireland

The Brazen Head Pub and Hotel is situated on Bridge Street in Dublin 8. It is famous for being the oldest pub in Ireland and dates back to 1198 when it first became a drinking hole for the Cambro-Normans who had just invaded Ireland two decades earlier in 1169. The Normans had been invited by Diarmait... 
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