#DublinHistory


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... 

Time Please Ladies and Gentlemen

Time Please Ladies and Gentlemen – Another Dublin institution closes its doors for the last time, Stephen Davis takes a moment, to relate its history The Clock Pub on Thomas Street was more than just a place to have a drink. It was a cosy slice of old Dublin, a hub of live music and sports, and... 

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... 

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... 

Back to the Future: A look at Dublin Cinemas Part Two

Back to the Future: A look at Dublin Cinemas Part Two Back to the Future: A look at Dublin Cinemas Part Two – Shane Adlum presents part 2 of his fascinating look into the world of Dublin cinema! Savoy 16-19 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 The oldest operational cinema in Dublin. Perfectly... 

The Story of Sweny’s Pharmacy

James Joyce, Lemon Soap and the Philosopher’s Stone: The Story of Sweny’s Pharmacy – In this article, our new journalist Craig O’ Reilly talks about a little historical gem, Sweny’s Pharmacy Had you passed Sweny’s pharmacy on Lombard street back in 2009, you might have been forgiven... 

The Freemasons of Molesworth Street

Freemasons of Molesworth Street – In this article, Shane Adlum discusses the Freemasons building on Molesworth Street complete with Pictures from Stephen Davis https://www.flickr.com/photos/fountainresourcegroup/48798050312/in/album-72157711069812446/ Whilst nobody knows the true origin of the... 

The Story of St James’s Fair

The Story of St James’s Fair  – This highly researched article is on the subject of St James Fair, a fascinating read in the habits and rituals of our people in times past. Please take a look!   Sean J Murphy Throughout Europe the annual fair was a very important event in the calendar. The... 

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... 
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