Archive for the History Category

Shelbourne Road: From trams to Beetles

By Dermot Carmody The iconic, and increasingly rare, rear-engined Volkswagen Beetle still catches the eye today if you come across one on the 21st century roads. This, despite the fact that it was based on a 1930s design by Ferdinand […]

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Charlie O’Hagan The Entertainer – part 2

By Gavan Bergin Charlie O’ Hagan played his second international game for Ireland against Wales in Belfast on April 4th 1905. In that match Ireland started poorly, with Wales dominating the early stages. Though Ireland won the ball back quickly […]

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The day that changed Ireland forever

By Eoin Meegan With 2020 only weeks away, Ireland will shortly enter the centenary of a particular day and event that could be said to have changed the course of the War of Independence, tipping the balance in Ireland’s favour:  […]

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The Dodder mystery of 1900

By Dermot Carmody In the early morning of Thursday August 23rd, 1900, the body of a woman was found floating face down in the Dodder between London Bridge and Herbert Bridge (also known as the New Bridge), near the Lansdowne […]

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The story of John Hearn

By Peter McNamara For over 70 years, a question mark hung over the fate of local lad John Hearn. In 1939, he went off to join the merchant navy during the Second World War, aged 19. From that date, up […]

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Charlie O’Hagan The Entertainer

By Gavan Bergin Charlie O’Hagan was born in Buncrana, County Donegal in July 1882. He was raised in the village of Linsfort, where his father ran the local shop. As a boy, Charlie played football and by the time he […]

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Massacre or ancient cemetery? The tale of a gruesome find in Donnybrook

BY Eoin Meegan This is the season for the macabre, when on dark Halloween nights families gather round the fireside to listen to tales of fiendish deeds and spooky goings-on. They don’t get much more eerie than this, the true […]

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An act of remembrance: The Dublin Festival of History 2019

Eoin Meegan The 2019 Dublin Festival of History is upon us. Throughout the month of October a diverse range of cultural, historical and interactive events recalling how we see and interpret the past will take place right across the city. […]

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Goodbye Dublin: The War of Independence in the City

Dermot Carmody The role of Dublin during the War of Independence (1919-1921), and the experiences of her ordinary citizens during that conflict, are the subject of an exhibition at the Dublin City Library and Archive in Pearse Street. The exhibition’s […]

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Bloomsday on the double

Rodney Devitt Sixty-five years ago, a photograph, which was to become a cultural icon, was published in the Irish Times. Five literary gentlemen, John Ryan, Anthony Cronin, Flann O’Brien, Patrick Kavanagh, and Tom Joyce, a cousin of James Joyce, decided […]

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