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Three Castles Burning

May 16, 2022

Joseph Brady is a geographer with a special interest in the changing landscape of the city and county of Dublin. A discussion on Dublin since the 1970s brings us through things like smog, the stinking Liffey, the quays and the changing docklands. Some change was good, some wasn't, and some remains on the table.

Brady's...


May 2, 2022

Thomas Kinsella from The Ranch was one of Ireland's great poets, but Dublin - and working class Dublin especially - was at the very heart of his work. This podcast explores what we might call Thomas Kinsella's Dublin, from his home on the border of Inchicore and Ballyfermot to Wood Quay.


Apr 25, 2022

"In writing The Playboy of the Western World, as in my other plays, I have used one or two words only that I have not heard among the country people of Ireland, or spoken in my own nursery before I could read the newspapers."

Why did Synge's masterpiece cause such trouble in the Dublin of 1907, and was it really a...


Apr 18, 2022

The story of 24 April 1916 is well told. What about the day before?

In Dublin, the eve of an insurrection was a strange day of rumour, horse racing tips and - in Phibsborough - a kidnap saga.

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Apr 10, 2022

This edition of the podcast explores some of the poetry of the late Vincent Caprani. A proud Italo-Irish Dub, Caprani wrote some excellent and memorable poems about the city and its people. He died last October. Contains bad language, but plenty of soul.