Local History


A Walk Down Memory Lane

Image credit “Come here  to me” A Walk Down Memory Lane – In this article, Gary Kelly reflects about Thomas Street in the 1980s, the old shops, the old buildings.  Always time for a bit of nostalgia!  Happy New Year World! After Christmas, it always takes me a bit of effort to get... 

Dig on Thomas St Reveals Tunnels from Old Distillery

  Dig on Thomas Street Reveals Tunnels from Old Distillery In this article, Dave Carr talks about a massive tunnel network revealed through construction work on Thomas Street. Before Stout…There was Whiskey!  Looking out of the window where I’m writing this piece on James Street it’s... 

Brendan Behan /a Writer of Distinction

Image Credit R. Wallace at ballaban.net  Brendan Behan /a Writer of Distinction What a wealth in life we have been bestowed In books of literacy From those that wrote in noble ways To be part of history Like Jonathan Swift, James Joyce and the flamboyant Oscar Wild For the work from them that’s... 

A Snippet of Dublin History (Part 9) – Smock Alley

A Snippet of Dublin History (Part 9) – Smock Alley – Betty Brunkard Talks about the history of this famous Dublin theatre Smock Alley was the principal theatre in Ireland for almost a century and was situated on a site known as “Preston’s Inns”. In 1661, John Ogilby, obtained... 

The Great Brendan Behan

The Great Brendan Behan Alan Finn Reminds us at the 50th anniversary of “The Borstal Boy” of the great writer and wit that was Brendan Behan Ireland, the island nation renowned the world over as the land that gave birth to some of the world’s greatest bards and storytellers. To be honest,... 

Autumn in the Phoenix Park

Autumn in the Phoenix Park The autumn time has come once more And trees are changing their attire Some leaves they show a vibrant splay Of greens and yellows and red that glows like fire And when the dawn awakes And the sun it dances in the sky And its rays reflects the colours there A dappled reflection... 

Last Orders – Goldenbridge Cemetery All But Closed

Last Orders – Goldenbridge Cemetery All But Closed The other week this correspondent was told (by Fran, a fellow-regular from the local), that the President of Dail Eireann from 1922-1932, W.T. Cosgrave was buried in Goldenbridge Cemetery, Inchicore. He also informed your correspondent that when... 

A Snippet of Dublin History (Part 8) – Basin Street Harbour

A Snippet of Dublin History (Part 8) – Basin Street Harbour Dublin was the first modern city to produce a public water supply, in the 13th century. The River Poddle provided a source of water for the early settlers of the city. About 1670 the reservoir known as the city basin was established. Because... 

A Day at the Phoenix Park Races

  Phoenix Park Racecourse on 8th May 1946 Image credit to Clontuskert I remember those days when my youth was ablaze With ambitions of winning dosh fast When my mate Billy Browne turned the prices around As the tips he was given were vast At the Phoenix Park races we both had a go Of increasing... 

Bring Back Dublin of Old!

The Above picture is from The RTE Archives and Depicts a Dublin Metropolitan Constable Take the Dublin of today in an open sort of way And compare it with Dublin of past There were places you’d go without any fear And we thought those old days they would last We enjoyed a night out for a drink or... 

A Snippet of Dublin History (Part 7) – Newgate Prison

There was a square tower located between Newgate and Gormond’s Gate, described as being four stories high, sixteen feet square and three feet thick. This tower belonged to a Richard Browne in the 17th century and was known as “Browne’s Castle”. Subsequently, it was converted into an... 

Keeping Old Traditions Alive – The McCanns Of James Street

  If I grew up in California I would probably aspire to be part the entertainment industry. If I grew up in England I might want to be a footballer, but I’m Irish, so growing up in Ireland the jewel in the crown was always the public house. It might sound weird but we all know it’s true,... 

My Memories of Dublin

I remember Dublin Town When I walked down Eden Quay And I listened to a tinker boy As he sang a song for me He sang so sweetly on his own It brought a tear from my eye He put so much feeling in his song I could see the “Croppy Boy” He finished off his first song Followed by “The Rising of the... 

Historical finds uncovered in Road Works on Thomas Street

The Fololowing article was written by an archaeologist named Antoine, we are currently trying reach him for further information. Fascinating Reading.  This April just gone, road works on James’/Thomas Streets have uncovered the foundations of mostly 18th century buildings facing James’ Gate... 

Ode To a Childhood Visiting Dublin Zoo

Expectations were high Our thoughts were new Our plans were exciting We’d bunk into the zoo The fence was high Our trousers new And scale this height We had to do We shimmed over The barbed wire fence The arse of my trousers Was no defence Inside we dropped We knew not where Could we be in? A timber... 

Memory of Nelson’s Pillar by Tony Gorman

Another Charming Poem By Tony, You can’t help but enjoy them!  Memory of Nelson’s Pillar 8th May 2014 by/Tony Gorman I remember dear old Dublin back in my boyhood days So far back that in the westerns was a bearded Gabby Hayes And old Nelson on his pillar standing proud and tall and high As... 

A Snippet of Dublin History (Part 6) – Werburgh Street

  Werburgh Street derived its name from a church erected there after the Anglo – Norman settlement, which was dedicated to Saint Werburgh, patron of Chester.  St. Werburgh’s is mentioned in a Papal letter of 1179 and, on the night of Saint Colum’s festival in 1311, a great part... 

A Poem about Dublin’s Characters by Tony Gorman

The characters of old Dublin we’re proud of them all As their ghosts on the websites give us all a rallying call Reaching out on still photos and in old movie strips as well Revived from the archives for the stories that they tell Of the Diceman and his movements deliberately slow With his face all... 

A Poem about Bang Bang, by Tony Gorman

This charming poem was left on our comments section and I felt it deserved its own post. Wonderful! Alias Bang Bang (Thomas Dudley) a true Dublin character 17th March 2014 In 1906 a new babe was born Into troublesome days his life was forlorn He was born into poverty, suppressed by his life Overladen... 

A Snippet of Dublin History (Part 5) – Audeon’s Church

  Audoen was a pious man who was elected bishop of Rouen in 640 and died on the 24th of August 683. After his death many miracles were attributed to him. The Abbey Church of Rouen which was dedicated to him, housed the remains of most of the rulers of Normandy and also the heart of Richard the... 
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