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Three Castles Burning

Jun 16, 2021


In the 1960s, American director Joseph Strick did what many felt was impossible - he brought Ulysses to screen. There was a fistfight at the Cannes Film Festival, segregated audiences in New Zealand and  complaints from the League of Decency at home.

Jun 14, 2021

The great hope of 1960s Dublin housing, Ballymun, followed on from the 1963 tenement collapse. As homes collapsed in the city centre, killing four Dubliners, it was a time for new thinking on working class housing. There was activism and anger in the city, but Dublin itself seemed to continue expanding into new suburbia.

Jun 6, 2021

Few streets in Dublin have the history of Capel Street - and now, it seems destined for major change. This podcast explores a street with an architeictural history stretching back to pre-Georgian times, and at the heart of change in more recent decades.

May 31, 2021

With less than sixty seats, the tiny Pike Theatre still brought new life into Irish theatre, and introduced Irish audiences to internaitonal talent. Yet it all lasted less than a decade, thanks to a campaign waged against it by state forces. 

May 22, 2021

Éamonn MacThomais did much to popularise Dublin's history.  Best remembered for his television series, Dublin: A Personal View,  he wrote his book Me Jewel And Darlin' Dublin while a guest of the state in Mountjoy Prison. His life story tells us much about republicanism and Dublin in the twentieth century.