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Old Dublin in Photos 1930 – 1970

Old Dublin in Photos 1940 – 1970 In this article, we take a peak at the National Library of Ireland’s collection of photographs of Dublin truly in the rare auld times.  Have a look. The following photos are courtesy of  National Library of Ireland on The Commons   Gings on Dame Street   Outside... 

The Earl of Meath’s Liberty

The Earl of Meath’s Liberty – in this article, Ross Murray presents the history of Earl of Meath’s Liberty.  The arrival of the Hughnauts and the beginning of industry in Dublin’s Oldest Quarter.  Walking down Cork Street towards the Coombe  and the City Center you... 

On The Ground

                                    Moore Street is Dublin’s oldest food market. About 2 weeks ago, protesters and residents took over the buildings on Moore Street. The site became a hive of activity when protesters locked themselves in and the builders out.... 

Händel’s Messiah First Performed in Dublin 8

Händel’s Messiah First Performed in Dublin 8 Dublin 8 is a place with many secrets and one of the biggest kept secrets I have come across recently must be Georg Friedrich Händel performing the Messiah for the first time on the 13th of April 1742, in The Great Music Hall of the old tavern, called... 

The Oldest House In Dublin

The Oldest House In Dublin One ordinary looking house in Dublin 8 may have passed well turn out to be a lot more special than it looks. Number 130 Thomas Street may not be an address that rings many bells. It’s sandwiched between Agnes Browns public house and Massey’s funeral home and lies two doors... 

The History of the Guinness Storehouse

Arthur Guinness was born in Celbridge, Co Kildare in 1725. His mother Elizabeth Read was born in Oughterard. His father, Richard Guinness was the Land Steward to the Archbishop of Cashel Most Rev. Arthur Price. Richard was responsible for the brewing of beer for the estate’s workers. Arthur helped... 

Dublinia – Viking Dublin Experience

Dublinia – Viking Dublin Experience Dublinia is an historical exhibition of Viking Dublin situated beside Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin 8.  It is one of the city’s more popular tourist attractions. It takes one back to the sights and smells of Viking period Dublin.  You will learn about the... 

St Patrick’s Cathedral: The Tour

Last week was National Heritage Week and I thought it be a good idea to go to some of the events that are being held in our own Dublin 8. St Patrick’s Cathedral is a very good place to start, as it is right on the border of Dublin 8. As part of Heritage Week the Cathedral is giving free tours. It... 

Path to the Centenary: Dublin History Festival

Path to the Centenary: Dublin History Festival This year Dublin will be celebrating its third annual Dublin Festival of History. There will be of course greater emphasis on 1916 Rising on the lead up to next year’s Centenary. With little more than seven months to go many artists, performers and history... 

Lord Mayor’s Coach Goes On Display

Lord Mayor’s Coach Goes On Display This year, the Mansion House is celebrating the 300th Anniversary of its deed of sale. The Mansion House belonged to landowner, merchant and developer, Joshua Dawson, who built the house in 1710 and sold it to the Dublin Corporation in 1715 for use as the residence... 

The History of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham

The History of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham The Royal Hospital Kilmainham was based on a design of the 17th century Les Invalides building in Paris.  James Butler of Kilkenny Castle founded the Hospital. James Butler was the Duke of Ormonde and Viceroy to King Charles the Second.  The foundation... 

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,... 

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... 

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... 

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 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... 
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