Archive for the Memory Lane Category

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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Olympic Days

Olympic Days

What a great Olympic Games. London certainly came up trumps and our very own team Ireland were magnificent. I first became interested in the Olympics when my mother bought me The History of the 1948 Games in Craddock’s bookshop in […]

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League Legends Recalled

League Legends Recalled

In days gone by, League of Ireland often threw together some great local derbies, Shelbourne and Rovers would be a big one. In our young days in Whelan House (the first flats in Ringsend) we were divided as to who […]

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The Banshee

The Banshee

Sightings of banshees in the Ballsbridge area, reported as recently as September of this year stirred me to write an article about it. The name banshee originates from the Irish word bean sí or woman of the fairy mounds. She’s […]

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Oh baby, baby…

Oh baby, baby...

As far back as records go, Irish women have had more children than their sisters across Europe and today is no different, with Ireland leading the population growth league by a considerable distance. While the number of inhabitants within Europe […]

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Remembering Anthony (Flyer) Flood

Remembering Anthony (Flyer) Flood

First Birthday Away From Home Born 8th October 1941 Birthday wishes we send today, To the Stars in the sky not far away, Let the Stars be your candles, Keep them burning bright, So when we look up to the […]

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Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

November is the month when the British wear a red poppy to commemorate those who sacrificed their lives during wars. The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the signing of the Armistice on 11th November […]

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