Archive for the History Category

Getting street smart with Logainm: The history of Dublin 4 street and place names

Geneva Pattison The extension of the government-sanctioned travelling distance from two kilometres to five kilometres was a small, but very welcome, improvement to our everyday lives. It’s wonderful to just be outside, although we often find ourselves walking the same […]

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JOHNNY GAVIN: THE GOAL MACHINE

By Gavan Bergin Johnny Gavin was born in 1928 in Limerick. By the time he left school he had become one of the top footballers in Limerick and at the age of 19 he was playing with the League of […]

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News from The Old Dublin Society

A self-portrait of Sarah Cecilia Harrison, reproduced by kind permission of the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin’s first female city councillor, is the front cover illustration for this issue as it relates to one of the articles in it. Articles featured […]

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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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