Archive for the History Category

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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George Noble Plunkett

Dermot Carmody A hundred years ago, Count George Noble Plunkett led the TDs into the first Dáil in the Mansion House. He had won the election in Roscommon largely because of his son, Joseph Mary Plunkett (Joe), a signatory of […]

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Surgeons, Starlets and Suffragettes at Ringsend Library

By Dermot Carmody NewsFour attended a talk given on Wednesday July 3rd by Maeve Casserly, Historian In Residence for Southeast Dublin, about notable women associated with the area from mainly 20th century history. Maeve’s talk was entitled Surgeons, Starlets and […]

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Shakespeare in the Dail? The Holinshed Chronicles and other treasures

Geneva Pattison This year, the Oireachtas Library displayed the oldest book in its collection The Holinshed Chronicles, for the entirety of May. Originally housed in the library of the Chief Secretary of Dublin Castle, The Holinshed Chronicles of England, Scotland […]

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Mrs Carter’s eventful Irish visit

Dermot Carmody In 1977 ‘Miss Lillian’ Carter, mother of the then recently-elected President of the USA, Jimmy Carter, made an eight-day visit to Dublin as part of a Friendship Force visit by a group of around 250 people from Des […]

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