Local History


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... 

“Gallipoli” (No more we’ll go Waltzing Matilda)

A Centenary Poem, for all the Australians and Irish who died in the battle for Gallipoli. “Gallipoli” (No more we’ll go Waltzing Matilda) 29th April by/Tony Gorman There’s silence where once there was monstrous’ booms Busting eardrums with thunderous bang’s And metal bit’s splaying the... 

The Wit of Jonathan Swift

The Wit of Jonathan Swift On Drink: “A tavern (pub) is a place where they sell madness by the bottle”   On Politics: “Never remark that the air in Ireland is healthy and excellent or they will most certainly tax it” & “All Political parties die of swallowing their own lies” & “Power... 

Liberties Poet Warms Heart of Holocaust Survivor

Liberties Poet Warms Heart of Holocaust Witness & Survivor It’s been seventy years since the survivors’ of Auschwitz were liberated. Recently, local author and poet Dermott Hayes was watching a TV documentary where six survivors recounted their stories of survival and the terrible aftermath... 

Happy Birthday Sean O’Casey

Happy Birthday Sean O’Casey Sean O’Casey 30 March 1880 – 18 September 1964 Sean O’Casey was born on this day (the 30th March) in 1880 – 135 years ago. An Irish dramatist born in Upper Dorset Street in the north inner city of Dublin, he wrote 29 plays and 6 volumes of memoirs in his... 

The History of Traditional Irish Music

The History of Traditional Irish Music The Gaels first composed traditional Irish music in Ireland over 2000 years ago, and it has become popular worldwide since then. The first form of harp originated in Ancient Egypt 2500 years ago.  In the tenth century, it became a crucial component of Irish music. ... 

A Snippet of Dublin History (Part 11) – The Exchange

A Snippet of Dublin History (Part 11) – The Exchange  A commercial centre turned into a yeomanry torture house, then a meeting point for sedition before becoming our City Hall  In 1763, a Mr. Thomas Allen was appointed to the position of “Taster of Wines”, in the city of Dublin. After his appointment,... 

Dicky Bird – Ireland’s War Horse

  Dicky Bird – Ireland’s War Horse  – In this article David Carr recants the strange story of an Irish Horse in the Crimea, Ireland’s War Horse. The Crimean War a mess of the modern and the antiquated  The tale of Dickie Bird, Ireland’s very own war horse, brings us... 
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