Archive for the Memory Lane Category

Working on Poolbeg Chimneys

Working on Poolbeg Chimneys

Brian Segar was a seaman in The Royal Navy. While in training school at just seventeen, he was the quickest of 200 boys to climb to the top of the mast on ship, so it really is no surprise that […]

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Remembering the Kyleclare

Remembering the Kyleclare

This month marks the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the Irish merchant ship Kyleclare in the Bay of Biscay. The ship left port from Lisbon on February 21st 1943 en route to Dublin. She was captained by Master-Captain A.R. […]

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Geological Survey of Ireland

Geological Survey of Ireland

You probably drive past the old army building at Beggars Bush frequently but aren’t entirely sure what happens behind those stone walls. One of the buildings houses the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) but what exactly does that mean to […]

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Brugh Boys Manchester Reunion

Brugh Boys Manchester Reunion

Fifty years ago, I wrote to the Manchester Evening News in the hopes of developing connections with a youth group there to arrange a series of football matches, both at home and away. I was contacted by a Dubliner living […]

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St. Matthew’s and St. Marys Anglican, Episcopal Parish of Donnybrook & Irishtown

St. Matthew’s and St. Marys Anglican, Episcopal Parish of Donnybrook & Irishtown

St. Matthew’s Church in Irishtown has long played an active role in the Irishtown community. Erected between 1704-06; with a tower added later in 1713, it was at one stage called the Royal Chapel of St. Matthew until 1871 when […]

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Sea Rangers in 1968

Sea Rangers in 1968

A few weeks ago Jim Cooke from Rathfarnham posted in a newspaper clipping of some local girls training to be Sea Scouts. After some investigation in the local libraries we discovered a life behind the picture and an interesting local […]

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Poolbeg Power Station

Poolbeg Power Station

On Saturday October 6th I went on a tour of the Pigeon House precinct as part of Open House Dublin 2012. The tour was guided by Charles Duggan and Grainne Shaffrey and was held to raise awareness of the old […]

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John Hearn Commemorated

John Hearn Commemorated

The life of John Hearn, a merchant seaman from Ringsend, tragically lost at sea in 1940 was commemorated with the presentation of a plaque to his family at Dublin’s Mansion House. A deck boy aboard the merchant ship The Privet, […]

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Dock Lives: John Hawkins

Dock Lives: John Hawkins

“My father had the button,” says John Hawkins while he sits in the confines of St Patrick’s Rowing Club and thinks about how he came to spend his working life as a docker. “If your father was a docker then […]

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Glasnevin Cemetery

Glasnevin Cemetery

Picture, if you will, 19th century Dublin. Death plays a hefty role in working class life. Parents deny their children a comfortable existence so they can bury them in style, inner city churchyards overflow, body snatching is rife and the […]

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