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Three Castles Burning

Dec 30, 2020

The 25 May 1921 witnessed the Second Battalion of the Dublin Brigade IRA enter the Custom House. The masterpiece of James Gandon, and the home of the Local Government Board, it was set on fire in minutes. But the fire became an inferno only after the fire brigade arrived. How exactly did this happen? Fire...

Dec 21, 2020

Last night, a Christmas tree appeared outside the Iveagh Markets. On one level, it was a long standing tradition (until the late 1980s), but on another it was a sign of hope, that the markets may yet be reborn.

This year is an important milestone for the Iveagh Trust, and it seems the Iveagh Markets is coming back too....

Dec 14, 2020

Gillian O'Brien, author of The Darkness Echoing, joins Donal to talk about her new book and Kilmainham Gaol. From 1796 to 1924, Kilmainham was at the heart of Irish history, but how has its meaning shifted through time?

Dec 6, 2020

A potted history of Christmas in Dublin, from a tense Christmas which saw a policeman chucked into the Liffey to the annual Wrenboy tradition which still happens in parts of Dublin. What was Christmas like in 1920, and what about during the years of the so-called Emergency?

Nov 28, 2020

21 Henry Street, the vegetarian restaurant where the 1916 Proclamation was signed, was later attacked by the IRA in the Civil War, owing to the politics of its owner, Jennie Wyse Power. In its day it fed suffragettes, socialists, Indian students and perhaps the occasional G Man. A future President of Ireland, and a...