Archive for the Local History Category

Dublin Remembers 1916

Dublin Remembers 1916

NewsFour attended the launch for Dublin City Council Public Libraries’ 1916/2016 Centenary Programme ‘Dublin Remembers 1916’ on Wednesday 13th January in Pearse Street Library. ‘Citizens In Conflict: Dublin 1916’ was the inaugural exhibition on the first night, as the DCC […]

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1916: An engrossing book

1916: An engrossing book

Surely no one could have missed that this Easter is the centennial anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916. It is being commemorated everywhere, and why not – the rising was a pivotal event in the development of this country. […]

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William ‘Sacky’ Glen: Born To Defend

William ‘Sacky’ Glen: Born To Defend

William Mathew Glen grew up in Somerset Road, Ringsend and was so good at football that he was playing for Shamrock Rovers when he was only 16, and before he was 20 he made a name for himself with Rovers […]

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The Brugh Padraig Boys’ Club

The Brugh Padraig Boys’ Club

The Brugh Padraig Boys’ Club was opened in 1942 by Archbishop John Charles McQuaid. It was run by the Legion of Mary. It catered for boys aged 14-18. Activities included woodwork, metalwork, arts and crafts, boxing and physical training. Each […]

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Cambridge Boys tribute to Joe Corcoran

Cambridge Boys tribute to Joe Corcoran

The tributes came from every level of football. From the fond memories of players, to the touching words of his friend, Sir Alex Ferguson. Joe Corcoran’s legacy has many strands – as a manager, as Manchester United scout and as […]

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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

The Dublin Dockers Preservation Society (DDPS) hosted three mini events in the CHQ Building on George’s Dock, to mark Heritage Week on August 29th. They included a family history trace, a talk that rehashed some of the old stories from […]

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An Open Letter to Bono and Co.

An Open Letter to Bono and Co.

Dear U2, Recently on Creighton Street I was approached by a young Japanese man and his friend who wanted to know the location of the famous U2 Windmill Lane Studio. I pointed across the road to the building site and […]

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Sandymount’s Smallpox Secret

Sandymount’s Smallpox Secret

Sandymount village has a well-known history of being both a bustling marketplace and a tourist destination for beach-goers. However, even the most knowledgeable local historian may not know about Sandymount’s role in the nascent Irish pharmaceutical industry. Many people may […]

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Joe McDonnell had a Farm… in Sandymount!

Joe McDonnell had a Farm… in Sandymount!

“The yard had been levelled and the cowshed was gone but as soon as I walked in I put it together in my mind and could see everything just as it used to be.” This is the story that had […]

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The Saga of Bonnie and Clyde

The Saga of Bonnie and Clyde

Clyde Champion Barrow and Bonnie Parker were born in Dallas, Texas. Both grew up in abject poverty. Clyde’s family were so poor they all slept under wagons every night until, many years later, Clyde’s father got a tent to house […]

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