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Three Castles Burning

Apr 27, 2020

You know the Londis on the corner of O'Connell Street and Parnell Street, but what about the history of the site? Once upon a time, Thomas J. Clarke's shop stood at 75A Parnell Street. This is the story of a Dublin newsagents which was dripping with sedition.

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Apr 24, 2020

 Dublin is a city famed for her bookshops, but what was in them? Throughout the twentieth century, censorship kept many of the greatest works of literature away from the shelves.

In this podcast, we explore where Irish censorship came from, and ask what it meant for a variety of writers. Who helped to end it, and what...

Apr 20, 2020

Elizabeth Bowen was born in Dublin in 1899. Despite her Irish birth, she is primarily remembered as an Anglo-Irish writer, and for her brilliant accounts of London during the Blitz.

During the years of World War II, or the Emergency as we knew it, she made several trips to Dublin. Her accounts of this trip ended up on...

Apr 17, 2020

In the 1960s Guinness moved equipment, manpower and a foundation stone from the Liberties to Lagos, to open a brewery in Nigeria.

The historic intersections of Ireland and Nigeria are sometimes surprising. Ireland engaged with Nigeria on a Colonial level, but then as one of the few white nations to embrace a newly...

Apr 15, 2020

This show is dedicated to the memory of John Gallagher. Community activist, veteran of the battle to save Wood Quay, product of the Coombe. My thanks to historian Liz Gillis for her contributions.

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