Local History


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... 

Lecture At Former South Dublin Union Site

St. James’s Hospital is considered the largest university hospital in Dublin and one of the biggest hospitals in Europe. Before St. James’s hospital was established in 1971 it was a poorhouse and later a workhouse called the South Dublin Union. Originally St. James’s were a combination of Federated... 

Irish Citizen Army Plaque Unveiling

On Friday afternoon the 11th of March, there was an unveiling of an Irish Citizen Army Plaque at Marino College of Further Education on North Strand. This plaque commemorates the men, woman and young people from the surrounding area who served with the Irish Citizen Army during the revolutionary period... 

Easter Rising Medals to be Auctioned

Easter Rising Medals to be Auctioned Historical medals from the 1916 rebels will be auctioned by Whyte’s Gallery this Sunday 13th March.  Manuscripts and ephemera from this period will also be for sale during the auction.  Around 2,500, 1916 medals were awarded to the rebels or their next of kin,... 

Dublin Castle On The 24th March 1916

What Was Happening At Dublin Castle On The 24th March 1916 As everyone I’m sure is aware, we are celebrating a 100 years since the 1916 Easter Rising and it has become our ambition to take a walk down memory lane to remember, retell and relive the events and moments of that week. One of the places... 

The Iveagh Trust Museum

The Iveagh Trust Museum used to be a Tenement Flat in Dublin 8’s Bull Alley Estate, Patrick Street. The flat, once known as Number 3B, was occupied by Nellie Molloy who died at the tender age of 95 on the 29th October 2002. She lived there for most of her life and preferred an old-fashioned lifestyle.... 

Richmond Barracks Restoration News

Richmond Barracks Restoration News Almost a year has passed since the plan to turn the old Richmond Barracks into an Exhibition Centre was given the go ahead. This was decided so that the Barracks can play its part in this year’s 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. The decision was to turn... 

1916 Walking Tour: Sunday 31st January 2016

1916 Walking Tour: Sunday 31st January 2016 A 1916 Walking Tour from Beggar’s Bush to St. Stephen’s Green will take place on Sunday. The meeting point is the Irish Labour History Museum and will start at 1pm. It has been organised by Labour Party TD Kevin Humphreys, but is free for all to attend.... 

City Hall 1916 Rising Exhibition

An exhibition at City Hall opened today to remember the Dublin Fire Brigade’s work during the 1916 Rising. Dublin’s an tArdmheara, Criona Ni Dhalaigh was there to launch the ‘Dublin Fire Brigade and the the 1916 Rising Exhibition’ . The Exhibition will exhibit materials that... 

On The Ground

                                    Moore Street is Dublin’s oldest food market. About 2 weeks ago, protesters and residents took over the buildings on Moore Street. The site became a hive of activity when protesters locked themselves in and the builders out.... 

Händel’s Messiah First Performed in Dublin 8

Händel’s Messiah First Performed in Dublin 8 Dublin 8 is a place with many secrets and one of the biggest kept secrets I have come across recently must be Georg Friedrich Händel performing the Messiah for the first time on the 13th of April 1742, in The Great Music Hall of the old tavern, called... 

The Oldest House In Dublin

The Oldest House In Dublin One ordinary looking house in Dublin 8 may have passed well turn out to be a lot more special than it looks. Number 130 Thomas Street may not be an address that rings many bells. It’s sandwiched between Agnes Browns public house and Massey’s funeral home and lies two doors... 

Minister Appeals To Kilmainham Jail Restoration Society

Minister Appeals To Kilmainham Jail Restoration Society Minister of State Simon Harris TD launched an appeal that workers from the Kilmainham Jail Restoration Society that was formed 50 years ago to come forward. “We want as many people as possible who were involved in the restoration works to come... 

Dublin Characters: The Brilliantly Mad Richard Pockrich

Dublin Characters: The Brilliantly Mad Richard Pockrich When challenged to come up with the names of notable people who lived in Dublin during the 18th century, the usual suspects always boisterously barge their way to the tip of the average Dubliner’s tongue. First up we have the man himself: Arthur... 

The History of the Guinness Storehouse

Arthur Guinness was born in Celbridge, Co Kildare in 1725. His mother Elizabeth Read was born in Oughterard. His father, Richard Guinness was the Land Steward to the Archbishop of Cashel Most Rev. Arthur Price. Richard was responsible for the brewing of beer for the estate’s workers. Arthur helped... 

Dublinia – Viking Dublin Experience

Dublinia – Viking Dublin Experience Dublinia is an historical exhibition of Viking Dublin situated beside Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin 8.  It is one of the city’s more popular tourist attractions. It takes one back to the sights and smells of Viking period Dublin.  You will learn about the... 

St Patrick’s Cathedral: The Tour

Last week was National Heritage Week and I thought it be a good idea to go to some of the events that are being held in our own Dublin 8. St Patrick’s Cathedral is a very good place to start, as it is right on the border of Dublin 8. As part of Heritage Week the Cathedral is giving free tours. It... 
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