Local History


“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... 

Dublin Statues 3rd January 2015

                              Dublin Statues 3rd January 2015   The Floozy in the Jacuzzi Was a breath of air to see? And dear old Molly Malone Is in the place where she should be Old Parnell has stood his ground Through... 

Organic – The Great Dublin Whiskey Fire of 1875

  A Dermott Hayes Poem Organic – The Great Dublin Whiskey Fire of 1875  In 1875 in Dublin’s Liberties neighbourhood, a fire that started in a bonded warehouse and spread to a near distillery, wreaked havoc as flaming whiskey flowed through the streets. Livestock burned and died and... 

A Snippet of Dublin History (Part 10) – Dame St & Its Quays

Credit archiseek – Cork Hill A Snippet of Dublin History (Part 10) – Dame St & Its Quays Dame St & Its Quays -Betty gives us the interesting story behind Dame Street and its Quay  A passage leading to Cork Hill from Isolde’s Tower was known in the thirteenth and fourteenth... 

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... 
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