Local History


Dublin 100 Years Ago: Death, Disease And Overcrowding

A housing inquiry in 1914 found that 16 members of Dublin Corporation owned tenements and it was clear that Corporation members intervened to foil the enforcement of regulations against their properties While Dublin may have been regarded as the “second city” of the British Empire in the... 

From The Vaults: Fountain News – August 1998 (Issue 5.5)

Looking back… Many moons ago Fountain Resource Group news was distributed by a medium known as “paper”, much like the ancient Egyptians used papyrus, this substance was soft, and could be manipulated easily by the natives as a recording substance. The notorious Derek Freeney was a famed record... 

Lockout-Inspired Play, By RADE, Free To All This December

The organisation RADE, whose speciality is promoting recovery from drug abuse through performance in drama and entertainment, has this year decided to produce a play based on the Lock Out in honour of its centenary. People recovering from addiction have donned bonnets and caps to recapture the spirit... 

The Glimmer Man’s Tales Part 6 – The Acre’s Resurrection

It was just past 10, the group were lucky to catch the off license before the shutters came down. Though the rain had kept up since early evening and the streets were now well wetted, they would keep faithful to the plan and set out down Bow Lane for the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham. That usually quite... 

Video: The Liberties – Then and Now

The good folks at The Liberty, a free online newspaper run by the students at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), have produced this short film which captures some of the differences that have come about due to development around The Liberties. The video features excerpts from a 30-year-old RTE programme,... 

Dublin 8 Place Names Part 1 – Oliver Bond Street, Rainsford Street

Rainsford Street, Dublin 8 Sir Mark Rainsford was a Lord Mayor of Dublin from 1700 to 1701. He was the original founder of the Guinness Brewery, and had a son, also named Mark (Jnr.), who inherited his fathers land. Another Mark (Sir Mark Rainsford’s grandson) sold the current site to Mr Arthur... 

Famous Dublin Street Characters Part 3 – Arthur Fields, The Man On The Bridge

He was known locally and fondly by the moniker “man on the bridge”. His real name was Arthur Fields, who with his family came to Dublin to start a new life. As a Jewish family they found it difficult living on the continent in a time of high anti Semitism. Arthur left his home in Kiev, Ukraine in... 

The Glimmer Man’s Tales Part 5 – Lord Norbury (The Hanging Judge & The Cabra Hound)

“Finally on Six One, does Dublin have its own “Hound of the Baskervilles”? There have been a number of strange sightings in Dublin’s Cabra area of a large black dog that is meant to have a supernatural appearance. Local residents claim that they have caught glimpses of the animal roaming around... 

The Hidden Republican History Of John’s Lane Church

This image by Paul Reynolds captures the beautiful John’s Lane Church in the heart of the Liberties, which has long interested me because of its hidden history. PLEASE NOTE: This article was originally published on ComeHereToMe.com. We have republished it under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs... 

Dublin Squares Conference/Open Day – Sept 13th/14th

The Dublin Civic Trust is celebrating the heritage of Dublin’s Squares by hosting a Dublin Square Conference on Friday September the 13th, and a Dublin Garden Square Day on Saturday the 14th of September. DOWNLOAD PROGRAMMES OF EVENTS: Dublin Squares Conference 2013 (Sept 13th) Dublin Garden Squares... 

Famous Dublin Street Characters Part 2 – The Diceman

Photo: Copyright Wally Cassidy 1991, get more info here. We at the Fountain your favourite online newswire recently put an article up titled “Bang Bang” and we hope you enjoyed it. We decided to expand this subject by adding in some more characters that where once part of our street scenes. Using... 

Famous Dublin Street Characters Part 1 – Bang Bang

Thomas Dudley was born here in our wonderful city of Dublin in the year of 1906, to his parents, John and Mary Dudley they had already had a sister daughter Ann. John, by trade was a chimney sweeper and Thomas was born into a Dublin that was slummed with Tenement housing and poverty knocked on nearly... 

The Glimmer Man’s Tales Part 4 – Narcissus Marsh

“…and that concludes the tour, the library will be closing in 10 minutes, so if you want to take some quick last snaps now is the time, I hope you enjoyed your visit and recommend us to your friends, thanks again”, a short applause from the small tour group followed Niamh’s concluding comments.... 

The Glimmer Man’s Tales Part 3 – Darkey Kelly

Rain poured onto Fishamble Street causing gushing Amazons down the curved hill. It was 4.04am, Diarmuid turned his collar up, he was making his way home from a party on Eustace Street. He wondered why he had stayed so late, an hour ago it was dry, why didn’t he leave then? Slipping and sliding and... 

The Quays and Bridges of Dublin City

In 1209, the owners of buildings upon the river Liffey were granted a license from King John, to erect edifices which became known as the “Quays”. There are many references to buildings on the bank of the river, in the parishes of St. Michael and St. Audoen. In the thirteenth century, ships unloaded... 

Dublin Tenement Experience & Museum – Living The Lockout

In 1913 a man by the name of Jim Larkin was appalled by the way some employees were treating the men, so he urged those workers to strike. This strike went on for nearly 6 months, and it had a huge knock on effect for the workers, who had their wages suddenly stopped. There where public meetings, riots... 

The Glimmer Man’s Tales Part 2 – Billy In The Bowl

IMAGE CREDIT: Billy in the bowl, by Fergal Fitzpatrick. “It’s a bit unbelievable in fairness” James began.  “I mean he’s meant to be a superhero and he’s blind, how can he have super powers when he’s feckin disabled? Daredevil the film is nonsense”. “That’s the bit you struggle with? ... 

The Glimmer Man’s Tales Part 1 – A Pig Faced Woman

“He just sits there, if he’d even just stare into his pint…you could deal with that, but no, he looks at you as if ya stole his Confirmation money!”, two young men at the bar began to once again taunt the old man sitting aloof in the corner of the pub. The new pub landlord thought him courteous... 

A Snippet of Dublin History (Part 2)

Dublin has always been renowned for its restaurants and cafes and the early part of the Eighteenth century was no exception. On the eastern side of Essex Bridge, in the vicinity of the Custom House a coffee- house called the Cocoa Tree was located. In the recess between the bridge and the Custom House... 

The Life of Bram Stoker

Abraham Stoker was born on the 8th of November, 1847 at 15, Marino Crescent,Clontarf, one of a family of seven children. His father was a civil servant and his mother, Charlotte, was a writer. He was a sickly child and spent most of the first seven years of his life, bedridden. During this time, his... 
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