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You'll Never Walk Alone: Heffo's Army in the 1970s (with Roy Curtis)

Three Castles Burning

Release Date: 05/06/2020

From Skin-the-Goat to Buckshot Forster: The Phoenix Park Assassinations show art From Skin-the-Goat to Buckshot Forster: The Phoenix Park Assassinations

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The Phoenix Park assassinations of May 1882 shook British politics. All had heard of the Fenians, but who were the Invincibles? Today, a cross in the grass on Chesterfield Avenue marks the location where these events played out - but who put it there?

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Old Songs and New Revivals (with Macdara Yeates) show art Old Songs and New Revivals (with Macdara Yeates)

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Thanks for your patience! This new episode explores the incredible life and influence of Peadar Kearney, a key figure in the Cultural Revival then, and the folk revival now. My guest is Macdara Yeates of 'The Night Before Larry Was Stretched', a monthly singing session in The Cobblestone. He's also co-producing 'One Hundred Years of Brendan Behan'. https://ilfdublin.com/whats-on/one-hundred-years-of-brendan-behan/

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Ragged Trousers and Paint Brushes (with Jimmy Murphy) show art Ragged Trousers and Paint Brushes (with Jimmy Murphy)

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The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists is a book that had a massive impact on British society. Some say it helped win a General Election, George Orwell called it essential reading. In Ireland, it is little known, despite the author coming from Wexford Street. This week, playwright Jimmy Murphy joins me to talk about the impact this book had on his own life and work.

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From the Ormond Market to the Hacienda show art From the Ormond Market to the Hacienda

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The area between Smithfield and Capel Street has historically been known as 'The Markets'. A recent event gave some idea of what this area could be. Today, we're exploring it with a hopeful message for the future.

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Noël Browne and the Archbishop (with Robert Ballagh) show art Noël Browne and the Archbishop (with Robert Ballagh)

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This week marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Archbishop John Charles McQuaid. I visited the studio of acclaimed artist Robert Ballagh, who has just painted the Archbishop. In the 1980s, Ballagh painted Noël Browne, the Minister for Health who clashed with McQuaid. These two works are connected in many ways.

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A Sort of Homecoming show art A Sort of Homecoming

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The story of U2's emergence is connected to the broader story of late 1970s Dublin. From the Project Arts Centre to the explosive visit of The Clash to the unlikely setting of Trinity College Dublin's exam hall, this episode brings you behind the scenes of the recent documentary U2: A Sort of Homecoming. 

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The Beginnings of Dublin Theatre (with Arran Henderson) show art The Beginnings of Dublin Theatre (with Arran Henderson)

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Arran Henderson of Dublin Decoded knows the streets of Dublin inside out. On a walk through streets I always think of as part of a different Dublin story, he showed me how Werburgh Street, Fishamble Street and others were all central to the story of early Dublin theatre. On this journey we meet some interesting characters, from a pioneering nationalist theatre director to the much-feared Lord Deputy of Ireland. Dublin Decoded tour tickets are available from dublindecoded.com (Image: Thomas Wentworth)

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Dublin: A Writer's City (with Chris Morash) show art Dublin: A Writer's City (with Chris Morash)

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One of the most eagerly awaited books about the city in recent years, Dublin: A Writer's City is a triumph. In this edition of the podcast, presented as part of the Young Hearts Run Free series, author Chris Morash brings us on a journey across literary Dublin. (Event poster by Niall McCormack)

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The Bogside and Fu Manchu: Dublin as Somewhere Else show art The Bogside and Fu Manchu: Dublin as Somewhere Else

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This episode of the podcast explores some of the most peculiar films shot in Dublin over many decades. From Fu Manchu to the Bogside, we're looking at times directors turned Dublin into somewhere else.

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The Fame and the Fall show art The Fame and the Fall

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(Reupload, apologies due to podcast hosting gremlins!) Part II of the Brendan Behan centenary special, this journey brings us through some surprising places. From Littlewood's London to strange times in North America, this is the story of the fame and fall of Brendan Behan.

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In 1974, Dublin's gaelic football teamp captivated the capital on their unstoppable march to the All Ireland Final. Suddenly, GAA was cool in the Hibernian Metropolis. The kids descended on the Hill, carrying with them a fan culture they had learned from the neighbouring island - You'll Never Walk Alone was the anthem of choice, sang amidst the homemade banners.

Sports writer Roy Curtis joins Donal to explore Heffo's Army.

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