Local History


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... 

The Phoenix Park

Everyone as a child has fond memories of having a good time in the Phoenix Park with their family. When I was a child my da used to bring myself and my brother to this place and we would spend hours running up the steps at the Monument. How could such a wonderful park be in the middle of Dublin? How... 

A Snippet of Dublin History (Part 1)

RAM LANE: A narrow passage, leading from High Street to Cook Street, was known in the beginning of the fifteenth century, as Le Ram Lane. The free school of the city of Dublin was erected in this area, which then became known as the “School-house lane”. In 1613, John Laffan, a young gentleman from... 

The Oghamzone – The Cathach

The Cathach of St. Columba is one of the oldest known Irish manuscripts (Dublin, Royal Irish Academy). The Cathach which means the “Battler” gets its name from literally being carried into battle. Its historic content however seems older than the manuscript itself – it having been dated... 

The Oghamzone – The Book Of Lismore

Book of Lismore was originally known as the Book of McCarthy Reagh, of Cairbre in County Cork (Leabhar Mac Cárthaigh Riabhaigh). At present the manuscript resides at Chatsworth House, England, the Derbyshire seat of the Duke of Devonshire and Cavendish. Its contemporary name derives from its discovery... 

The Military Museum

One day last week I had some time on my hands, I had me camera in me bag, I walked around to St James hospital and took the Luas over to the military museum. It’s free in and the Luas passes it and has a stop just outside it. I was surprised not to see it wasn’t full of freebie customers, but there... 
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