Local History


Knockmaree Linkardstown Burial

For the past few hundred years, Dubliners and non-Dubliners alike have enjoyed strolling through the Phoenix Park, kicking a football around with friends or even deer watching. The Phoenix Park has for many generations been used for the most part as a recreational space. However, evidence for the use... 

Local History Series – A History Of Kilmainham Jail

(Image accredited to Sean Munson – see more of his images here) In the late 1700’s, the old Kilmainham Gaol was situated at the juncture of Brookfield Road and Old Kilmainham. Insanitary conditions, lack of proper nourishment, overcrowding and dampness meant that prisoners acquired gaol fever,... 

The Oghamzone – Ancient Tomb In the Phoenix Park

Phoenix Park Ancient Burial Site. In Ireland Megalithic tombs are given many different names such as Dolmen, Cromlech, the Giant’s Grave and Dermot & Grainne’s Bed. The etymology of the word Dolmen: From French, perhaps changed from the Cornish word ’ tol’ meaning hole and ’ men’ a... 

Where Does It Come From? (Part 3)

TO BE GIVEN THE SACK: Dating back to a time when tradesmen travelled from place to place in search of employment. They carried their tools in a sack, which would be given to the employer, for safe-keeping, until the job was finished. If the employer was dissatisfied with the work, the sack was returned... 

Where Does It Come From? (Part 2)

Going to pot – A reference dating back to the 16th century shows that in pre – fridge times when meat was hardening and no longer edible, it would be chopped into small pieces and cooked in a stew – pot. Thus, someone or something past its best would be described as having “gone to pot”. To... 

The Oghamzone – The Celtic Story

To reach back into the Celtic past and quantify its presence in history is like trying to explain what a painting looks like with only the use of your finger. The broad outline can be ascertained but without the feel and detail of its colours and brush strokes. The Celtic period lasted as an academic... 

Local History Series – The Brazen Head

The Brazen Head is Dublin’s oldest pub, founded in 1198. The present building dates from the 1750’s. The pub was at its height in the mid 17th century, mainly due to the fact that the Father Matthew Bridge, on which the pub is situated, was the main crossing point from north to south Dublin at that... 

Where Does It Come From? (Part 1)

Under The Weather – In olden times when a sailor felt unwell he was sent below decks to recover. The rest and protection from bad weather helped him. Return to health under the decks and “under the weather” Scot Free – Means to have avoided punishment. In 13th century Scandinavia all households... 

The Oghamzone – Aspects of Ireland

Aspects of Ireland From the Ogham Oracle Manuscript: Latin; manu scriptus meaning “written by hand”. The abbreviations for manuscript are MS for manuscript and MSS for manuscripts. In Ireland the history of manuscripts begins in the early medieval period. From 400CE onwards, Celtic Christian monks... 
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