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Three Castles Burning

Dec 31, 2021

Dublin has been well served by photographers, men and women who have captured the Hibernian Metropolis in all of its glory and tragedy. A new exhibition tells the story of photography in Ireland from 1839 right up to the present.  

(Thumbnail: Elinor Wiltshire image of Arbour Hill, NLI)


Dec 20, 2021

In 2002, Dr. Ruth McManus published her landmark study Dublin 1910-1940, shaping the city and suburbs. Now, ahead of its twentieth anniversary, it is back on our shelves. Ruth joined me to talk about all things planning and suburbia in a Dublin that was changing rapidly.

Dec 9, 2021

Agnes Bernelle brought the spirit of Berlin to the stage of Dublin. Described in one obituary as "a true Bohemian", she was a guiding light to a generation of Irish performers. Her story passes through Blitz-era London, the development of young Phil Chevron and more besides.

Dec 2, 2021

As we say goodbye to Chapters, TCB looks at some of Dublin's great bookshops of old and more recent times.

How did British copyright law shape our bookshops? What impact did censorship have? How did a theatre end up in the back of Connolly Books?

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Nov 22, 2021

Frank McDonald's The Destruction of Dublin (1985) is one of the most important books ever written on this city. His latest book,  A Little History of the Future of Dublin (Martello Publishing) takes up some of the same battles. What is to be done?