Local History


Inchicore College: A Commanding Presence

Inchicore College: A Commanding Presence – In this article, Jack Croome tells us why he believes we are ignoring a hidden Inchicore gem Taking up a commanding presence on Emmet Road in Dublin 8, among the city’s rich tapestry of historical landmarks and modern developments lies a hidden... 

Chester Beatty Library – A History

Chester Beatty Library – A History –  In John Healy’s debut article, he chronicles the history of the famous library and museum The Chester Beatty Library and museum ( known simply as the Chester Beatty ) is located in the grounds of Dublin Castle and contains one of the best collections... 

Our Forever Valentine

Our Forever Valentine – You can keep Paris, and forget about Rome. If it’s love you’re after and not just a good time Patrick Ryan explains why dear auld Dublin is actually the most romantic city in the world. St Valentine’s Day. The description isn’t in the title anymore. February... 

Dan Donnelly: Ireland’s First Sports Celebrity

Dan Donnelly: Ireland’s First Sports Celebrity – John tells us about one of Dublin’s most famous boxers Dan Donnelly was born in March 1788 in Townsend Street Dublin and was the ninth child and eldest surviving son from a family of 17 children. His father was a carpenter and Donnelly... 

Dublin’s Little Italy

Dublin’s Little Italy By Jack Gorman Croome Long before Mick Wallace redeveloped Bloom Lane into the unofficially named “Italian Quarter”, Dublin already has it’s own little Italy as it was known. Dublin’s Italian community lived in the area   located between Ship Street, Chancery Lane... 

The Darker Side of Bully’s Acre

  The Darker Side of Bully’s Acre: Grave Robbers and Riotous Behaviour Grave robbers or ‘sack em up’ men. by John Keane Graverobbers, also known as bodysnatchers ‘sack-em-up’ men or ‘resurrectionists’ were busiest in Ireland from the late 17th century to 1832, when the Anatomy Act... 

Bully’s Acre Kilmainham

Bully’s Acre Kilmainham by John Keane – A fascinating history from our newest addition to the FRG Journalist team This cemetery lies within the grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, at the Richmond Gate end of the Royal Hospital directly opposite the historic Kilmainham Gaol. Kilmainham... 

Dublin Gangs From the Liberties Back in the Ye Old Times

Dublin Gangs From the Liberties Back in the Ye Old Times – Craig O Reilly delves into the history of the gangs of Dublin 18th century Dublin was a city exploding in population. It had a Protestant majority, but Catholics were coming to Dublin to seek work. The city was expanding and changing rapidly,... 

Skeletons found at historical Site of St Mary’s Abbey on Capel Street Street

Skeletons found at historical Site of St Mary’s Abbey on Capel Street Street Almost a hundred skeletal remains dating back to ancient medieval times have been uncovered during the architectural phase for a new hotel on Capel Street in Dublin City Centre. The site was purchased by Beannchor hospitality... 

St Catherine’s A History

St Catherine’s A History – Craig O’ Reilly delves into the history to St Catherine’s, scene of Robert Emmet’s grizzly demise. St Catherines is a site in the liberties which is steeped in history. At times it was a centre of power in Dublin, while at other points in time... 

Saint Patrick – A History

Saint Patrick – A History – Saint Patrick – A History – Craig O Reilly tells us a bit about the real man and some of the more obscure myths about him Saint Patrick is a patron Saint of Ireland; a complex figure linked to both the establishment of the Church in this country, and... 

An Account of the Old Kilmainham Mill by Chartered Engineer Philip Brunkard

An Account of the Old Kilmainham Mill by Chartered Engineer Philip Brunkard Philip Brunkard Chartered Engineer My memory recall for works as a trainee engineer for Mssrs Bates Tentering Mill, Rowerstown Lane, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, date circa 1958 – 1959. I was engaged by Mssr Hubbard Brother Limited... 

Looking Back At Dublin Street Criers

Looking Back At Dublin Street Criers – In this article, Craig O Reilly discusses the history of Dublin’s famous street cryers If you were walking through Dublin in the run up to Christmas, you may have seen street vendors selling gifts. You might even have heard them before you had seen... 

Bridges of Dublin

Bridges of Dublin – In this series Craig O Reilly examines the history of some of Dublin’s most famous Liffey crossings O’ Donovan Rossa Bridge The O’ Donovan Rossa Bridge is a stone road bridge joining Winetavern Place to Chancery Place. It is not actually the first bridge built on... 

St James’s Parish: Two Churches, One Graveyard

St James’s Parish: Two Churches, One Graveyard – Another excellent snippet from Sean J Murphy’s excellent A History of St James’s Church and Graveyard, Dublin, From the 12th to 21st Centuries It will be a well-known fact to inhabitants of the area that while St James’s Parish has had... 

The Mushatt Brothers: A Liberties Institution

“Mushatt’s Cream Of Emulsion,” “Black draft”, “Hippo Wine and Squills”; these were just some of the wonder cures people were once lining up for in the Liberties.  This would have been at a chemist shop at 3 Francis Street, run by Louis and Harry Mushatt. They created all kinds of medicines... 

The Gunpowder Explosion of 1597

The Gunpowder Explosion of 1597 – Craig O Reilly recounts this explosive little known story of Dublin  On 11th March 1597, disaster struck the quays of Dublin when 140 barrels of gunpowder exploded bringing terror and destruction. The blast led to the death of about 1/10th of the population... 

St James Church and Graveyard Book Launch!

St James Church and Graveyard Book Launch! – A must for those with an interest in the history of Dublin    Historian Sean J Murphy has launched his new book on the history of St James Church (presently Lyons Distillery) and graveyard from its foundations in the 12th Century straight to its currently... 

Magazine Fort To Be Developed As A Tourist Attraction

Magazine Fort To Be Developed As A Tourist Attraction – Stephen Davis as the news about the new development   “Now’s here’s a proof of Irish sense Here Irish wit is seen When nothing’s left that’s worth defence We built a Magazine” Jonathan Swift It has been announced... 

How James Joyce Was (Nearly) A Famous Singer

How James Joyce Was (Nearly) A Famous Singer – An odd but true tale James Joyce is mainly known for his outstanding achievement as an Irish novelist, less well known is that he dreamed of becoming a tenor. His father was considered a well regarded tenor singer, though he did not take it up as... 
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