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Three Castles Burning

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...

Nov 21, 2020

On this day a century ago, two men are killed in The Gresham Hotel in Dublin. Just who they were, and why they found themselves on a hitlist that morning, remains something of a mystery today. This podcast is a sequel of sorts to a recent edition on Bloody Sunday.

Nov 20, 2020

This week, an unexpected extra edition of the podcast to celebrate the zoological gardens. Where did Dublin Zoo come from and how has it changed? Our planned show this week, on the Gresham Hotel and Bloody Sunday, will be coming this weekend to mark the centenary of events there.

(Spotify thumbail image by Luke Fallon)

Nov 13, 2020

WARNING: This edition of the podcast contains much bad language.

In 1959, J.P Donleavy brought his masterpiece The Ginger Man to the stage. Richard Harris stepped into the very big boots of Sebastian Dangerfield. In England, the censor was horrified and the public complained, but in Ireland things played out...

Nov 7, 2020

The memory of the First World War would come to shape life in post-independence Dublin in sometimes surprising ways. Each November, there would be violent confrontations on the streets. In time, this situation evolved, as some who had once attacked Armistice Day came to partake in it.

This edition of the podcast is...