Local History


Spooky Dublin

Spooky Dublin 1. Marsh’s Library This 18th-century building is home to the ghost of its founder Archbishop Narcissus Marsh. His ghostly apparition is said to search the library for a letter hidden there by his niece. His niece Grace eloped at the age of nineteen with a sea captain, leaving the... 

Back to the Future: A look at Dublin Cinemas Part Two

Back to the Future: A look at Dublin Cinemas Part Two Back to the Future: A look at Dublin Cinemas Part Two – Shane Adlum presents part 2 of his fascinating look into the world of Dublin cinema! Savoy 16-19 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 The oldest operational cinema in Dublin. Perfectly... 

Distillers and St James’s Church and Graveyard

Distillers and St James’s Church and Graveyard – In this article, Historian Sean J Murphy provides us with an insight into the Liberties’ Distilling history Sean J Murphy In Dublin on 25 July 2017, St James’s Day, the formerly disused Protestant St James’s Church in James’s Street... 

Dueling In Ireland – A History

Dueling In Ireland – A History – Craig O’ Reilly takes an interesting look into the history and weirdly gentleman etiquette of dueling in Ireland  While the phrase “pistols at dawn” may bring to mind a Hollywood movie, or “dueling with a rapier” makes you think of the film... 

Niccolò Paganini-The Devils Violinist

Niccolò Paganini-The Devils Violinist – Sometimes you can be so good….they think you’re bad! Niccolò Paganini was the most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time. A man so talented that people say he must have sold his soul to the devil in exchange for his incredible abilities. Some... 

Remembering Easter Monday 1916

Irish Volunteers barricade Townsend Street, Dublin, to slow down the advance of troops, during the Easter Rising. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)   Remembering Easter Monday 1916 The 1916 Rising is a historic event which still resonates with Irish people today, and perhaps now with... 

Sir Toby Butler

Sir Toby Butler – In this article, Historian Sean J Murphy explains the life of Solicitor General of Ireland, SIr Toby Butler who is interred in St James Graveyard, a fascinating slice of history! Sean J Murphy The old Protestant St James’s Church and Graveyard in James’s Street have undergone... 

The Story of Sweny’s Pharmacy

James Joyce, Lemon Soap and the Philosopher’s Stone: The Story of Sweny’s Pharmacy – In this article, our new journalist Craig O’ Reilly talks about a little historical gem, Sweny’s Pharmacy Had you passed Sweny’s pharmacy on Lombard street back in 2009, you might have been forgiven... 

“Don’t drink the water”. 100 years of the Liffey Swim

(The first group of swimmers to start) “Don’t drink the water”. 100 years of the Liffey Swim – In this article, Ross Murray relates the history of the Liffey Swim, one of Dublin’s great traditions!  Saturday 3rd of August marked 100 years of the Liffey Swim, an annual... 

The Freemasons of Molesworth Street

Freemasons of Molesworth Street – In this article, Shane Adlum discusses the Freemasons building on Molesworth Street complete with Pictures from Stephen Davis Whilst nobody knows the true origin of the Freemasons, it is believed to have evolved from a guild of stonemasons dating back to the... 

The Story of St James’s Fair

The Story of St James’s Fair  – This highly researched article is on the subject of St James Fair, a fascinating read in the habits and rituals of our people in times past. Please take a look!   Sean J Murphy Throughout Europe the annual fair was a very important event in the calendar. The... 

Back to the Future: A look at Dublin Cinemas Part One

Back to the Future: A look at Dublin Cinemas Part One – In this two part article Shane Adlum takes a look at Dublin’s old Cinema’s, some are still there, some are lost, and gone forever The Ambassador 165 Parnell Street,  Dublin 1 Located on Parnell Street, The Ambassador dates all... 

Reed all about it: the story of Ireland’s oldest band

Reed all about it: the story of Ireland’s oldest band – In this article, Shane Adlum delves into the history of Ireland’s oldest brass and reed band. A history that mirrored the country and city that gave birth to it. Ireland has an incredible and unique musical history. From traditional... 

The Sunken Gardens, Royal Hospital Kilmainham

  The Sunken Gardens, Royal Hospital Kilmainham – In this article, our resident photographer, Stephen Davis captures the beauty of the formal gardens of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, locally known as “The Sunken Gardens” formally as the “The Master Gardens”.  An... 

A Response letter to Fighting for the Future Article

In this article, Aaron O’Maonaigh (author of the original article) reply’s to Hugh Gault excellent piece on 1916 Rising veterans George and Elizabeth Fullerton  Dear Hugh, May I extend my congratulations to you on your fascinating article on the Fullerton family. I was delighted to see... 

George and Elizabeth Fullerton: Fighting for the Future

GEORGE AND ELIZABETH FULLERTON: FIGHTING FOR THE FUTURE In this article, historian and author Hugh Gault delves into lives of George and Elizabeth Fullerton, local Irish revolutionaries now interned in St James graveyard  Click here for Aaron O Maonaigh Hugh Gault Padraig Pearse’s Proclamation at... 

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... 
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