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Remembering John Gallagher: The Pride of the Coombe (with Liz Gillis)

Three Castles Burning

Release Date: 04/15/2020

40 Herbert Park: A Contested Ballsbridge House show art 40 Herbert Park: A Contested Ballsbridge House

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What will happen to the home of The O'Rahilly? The beautiful Edwardian Ballsbridge house, built at the time of the massive World Fair in Hebert Park, is currently causing great debate. Donal Fallon explores The O'Rahilly and his home.

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Frank Harte and the Dublin Tradition show art Frank Harte and the Dublin Tradition

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Frank Harte, from Dublin's Chapelizod, was the son of a publican who became an architect, but who is best remembered as a collector of songs. From Anonymous to Zozimus, he gathered thousands of songs in his lifetime, and has been acknowledged as a central influence by Lankum and others. This is an introduction to one of Dublin's great voices.

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Just a Lad of Eighteen Summers show art Just a Lad of Eighteen Summers

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Earlsfort Terrace (UCD) produced its share of radicals in the early twentieth century, from Todd Andrews to Sean MacBride, but there is one student radical remembered above all others: Kevin Barry. Immortalised in a ballad performed by all from Paul Robeson to Leonard Cohen, Barry's death was a major international story. Barry's death was a major international story.

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Talking Ballyfermot, Czechoslovakia and life with Mick O'Reilly show art Talking Ballyfermot, Czechoslovakia and life with Mick O'Reilly

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Mick O'Reilly's memoir 'From Lucifer to Lazarus: A Life on the Left' is a book about growing up in working class Dublin, and a book about labour and trade unionism in the capital. It is also the story of how a young man became involved in the communist movement, and how that faith was shaken by global events. We talk about some of the characters Mick met along the way, and how Dublin has changed and continues to change.

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Suburbia or Siberia? Dublin's Early Suburbs (1922-1939) show art Suburbia or Siberia? Dublin's Early Suburbs (1922-1939)

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Dublin's early experiments in suburbia post-independence were drastically different - from the Garden City model of Marino to the expansive Cabra and Crumlin. Some argued the answer lay in good quality housing in the city centre. This is the story of Simms, Suburbia and - Behan joked - Siberia.

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Aer Finglas: The Early Days of Irish Aviation show art Aer Finglas: The Early Days of Irish Aviation

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Before Ryanair - or even Aer Lingus - there was Iona National Airways. From humble beginnings, and a familiar shed at Cross Guns Bridge, came an aerodrome in Finglas. Some of those who took to the skies would become the earliest pilots with Aer Lingus, while the story involves great names like Lady Heath. This is the story of how Dublin fell in love with the skies.

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Chippers and Catholicism: Dublin's Little Italy show art Chippers and Catholicism: Dublin's Little Italy

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Dublin once boasted a Little Italy, as the area around Chancery Lane hosted one of the most interesting migrant communities to settle in the Hibernian Metropolis. The story of the Italians in Dublin is the story of chippers, of artists, of trade unionists, the Fascisti, soccer and more besides.

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Magic Nights in the Royal (With Conor Doyle) show art Magic Nights in the Royal (With Conor Doyle)

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Dublin's Theatre Royal was a legendary venue, though in its final incarnation it lasted less than three decades. From Paul Robeson to Judy Garland, it witnessed some magic nights. Its story goes to sometimes unexpected places. Conor Doyle, historian of the Theatre Royal, talks us through it.

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Elation Once Again: Dublin and Italia 90 show art Elation Once Again: Dublin and Italia 90

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What is there to say? The sad passing of Jack Charlton is a reminder of magic times in Dublin. This podcast explores some of the Dublin dimensions of the tale, from the traveling support to the amazing homecoming.

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Boers, Ducks and Suffragettes: St Stephen's Green (Part 1) show art Boers, Ducks and Suffragettes: St Stephen's Green (Part 1)

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We all know St Stephen's Green as a place we may go for lunch or a stroll, but the park has a remarkable history - from dueling in the Georgian city to the contested memory of the Boer War in Dublin. It's also one of few places in the city where women are honoured in a significant way. Learn a little more about this great park with Donal Fallon.

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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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