Archive for the History Category

Archie Goodall The cast-iron footballer

By Gavan Bergin Archie Goodall was born in Belfast in 1864 and grew up in Kilmarnock in Scotland. As a boy he learned to play football along with his brother John, who went on to be an England international player. […]

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Is It Time To Resurrect The Ancient Fair of Donnybrook?

By Eoin Meegan The ancient fair at Donnybrook, once an annual event on the village green (now the site of Bective Rangers, Old Wesley, and part of Herbert Park), had earned itself the reputation of being infamous; a place of […]

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Seeking Edgar Aplin: The Singing Chemist

By Geneva Pattison Pigeon House Road was once home to a Mr. Edgar Aplin. He was a chemist by trade with a passion for all things musical. The historical Gresham Hotel seemed like an appropriate setting to interview his granddaughters […]

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WB Yeats funeral footage rediscovered

By David Prendeville Previously undiscovered film of WB Yeats’s funeral has been found. The colour footage has been donated by Alan Aston to the Yeats Society in Sligo. Yeats, who was, of course, born in Sandymount, died in France in […]

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The darker side to Valentine’s Day

By Eoin Meegan With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you may think it’s all about chocolates and roses and, hopefully, for you it will be. However, there is a much darker side to this day. On February 14th in […]

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No.11 Ferry: The dockers’ taxi returns

By Kathrin Kobus The year was 1984 and the opening of the East link Bridge meant the end for the ‘Dockers’ taxi’ – the ferry service crossing the river, 35 years ago. This February the service will resume with the […]

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Elisha Scott: The Black Panther

By Gavan Bergin Elisha Scott was born in 1893 and grew up in the Donegall Road area of Belfast. He was raised in a large, football-mad family. Two of his older brothers played international football for Ireland. Tom Scott was […]

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De Valera Volume 2 Rule 1932-1975

By David Prendeville This exhaustively-researched book covers Éamon De Valera’s life from 1932 to 1975. It follows on from author David McCullagh’s first volume, which covered De Valera from 1882 to 1932. The book is rich in detail and paints […]

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Celebrating the Suffragettes

By Eoin Meegan This year marks the one-hundredth anniversary of women winning the right to vote, an event that has rightly been widely celebrated. To understand how this came about, however, we have to go back to the nineteenth century. […]

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Remembering the Leinster

  By Eoin Meegan This year sees the centenary of the sinking of RMS Leinster, a combined passenger and mail sorting ship that was fatally struck by a torpedo on October 10th 1918. Eclipsed, perhaps, by other events at the […]

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