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Three Castles Burning

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?

Nov 14, 2021

Last week, Cormac O'Malley joined me to talk about his father and his journey to the War of Independence. This week, we talk about the life of Ernie O'Malley from the Civil War through to his great contributions to Bohemian Dublin's art scene, and his marriage to Helen Hooker. Ernie O'Malley: A Life is out now (Merrion...

Nov 7, 2021

Ernie O'Malley's life is the stuff of a big screen film - in a sense it was, as a central inspiration to The Wind That Shakes The Barley. A young medical student at the time of the Rising, he became a key link between the IRA GHQ in Dublin and the army in the field. He was also a key figure in Dublin's bohemian art...