Local History


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... 

Path to the Centenary: Dublin History Festival

Path to the Centenary: Dublin History Festival This year Dublin will be celebrating its third annual Dublin Festival of History. There will be of course greater emphasis on 1916 Rising on the lead up to next year’s Centenary. With little more than seven months to go many artists, performers and history... 

Why Do Victorians Look So Serious in Photos?

This is a question I wondered about after looking at this unsmiling photograph of Charles Dickens. People looked so solemn then, whereas nowadays we smile until our jaws are almost aching. Our pictures are about portraying an image of happiness, whether we feel that way or not. Perhaps Victorians were... 

Kilmainham Gaol – A History & A Future

Kilmainham Gaol – A History & A Future As it was a beautiful day, last week I decided to make my way down to Kilmainham to see how far the latest work on both the Goal and Courthouse has progressed. I was greeted by a very friendly member of staff, a tour guide.  It was beginning to get late... 

Neil Delamere Presents New Book on Vikings in Ireland

Neil Delamere Presents New Book on Vikings in Ireland The Vikings, that mighty race of Scandinavian men and women that brought such calamity to Ireland, who we all know and love, are the subject of a new book compiled by various authorities on the subject. The Vikings made their way to Ireland from... 

The Disappearance of Old Dublin – To Clearys

The Disappearance of Old Dublin – To Clearys The Disappearance of Old Dublin 17th June 2015 by/Tony Gorman The fading sights of old Dublin Town It started when old Nelson came down If he stood there today his pension be ripe And tourists be showing him on IPod and Skype And the Metropole followed... 

A Poem in Tribute to Our Fallen Easter Dead

A Centenary Tribute for 2016 in memory of all our Irish heroes both male and female who gave their lives for their country in 1916. A Call of Courage 4th June 2015 by/Tony Gorman Dublin town 1916 was the place and the year Where men of true courage stood their ground devoid of any fear Although they... 

Lord Mayor’s Coach Goes On Display

Lord Mayor’s Coach Goes On Display This year, the Mansion House is celebrating the 300th Anniversary of its deed of sale. The Mansion House belonged to landowner, merchant and developer, Joshua Dawson, who built the house in 1710 and sold it to the Dublin Corporation in 1715 for use as the residence... 

The History of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham

The History of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham The Royal Hospital Kilmainham was based on a design of the 17th century Les Invalides building in Paris.  James Butler of Kilkenny Castle founded the Hospital. James Butler was the Duke of Ormonde and Viceroy to King Charles the Second.  The foundation... 

Descendants of Joshua Dawson Welcomed Back to Mansion House

The 300th Anniversary of Mansion House will be celebrated on the 18th May 2015. It will be 300 years since the day that the deed of sale was signed between Joshua Dawson and Dublin Corporation. The descendants of Joshua Dawson will be met by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke, at the Mansion House,... 

An In-spiring Distillery!

For years looking up at St James’ Church of Ireland left one feeling something was just not quite right.  Firstly, it was no longer used as a church or even commonly called St James’ Church but rather as ‘Lighting World’.  In fact, if you were to enquire of Saint James, you were likely to... 
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