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

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Release Date: 05/06/2020

The Arrival of Television show art The Arrival of Television

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It is sixty years since the arrival of Irish television. De Valera launched the station into the world, telling viewers that "I must admit that sometimes when I think of television and radio and their immense power I feel somewhat afraid." What did television mean for Dublin?

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“The Monarch of the Liberties and King of the Mob “The Monarch of the Liberties and King of the Mob"

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January is a time for thinking about mental health. Few names are as important in that story in an Irish context as Jonathan Swift, the founder of Saint Patrick's Hospital. Swift transformed the area around his Cathedral, ensuring work and dignity for the people of the Liberties, but the hospital remains the most important part of his legacy.

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On Photography show art On Photography

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Dublin has been well served by photographers, men and women who have captured the Hibernian Metropolis in all of its glory and tragedy. A new exhibition tells the story of photography in Ireland from 1839 right up to the present. 

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Shaping the City and Suburbs (with Ruth McManus) show art Shaping the City and Suburbs (with Ruth McManus)

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In 2002, Dr. Ruth McManus published her landmark study Dublin 1910-1940, shaping the city and suburbs. Now, ahead of its twentieth anniversary, it is back on our shelves. Ruth joined me to talk about all things planning and suburbia in a Dublin that was changing rapidly.

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From Berlin to Dublin: Agnes Bernelle show art From Berlin to Dublin: Agnes Bernelle

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Agnes Bernelle brought the spirit of Berlin to the stage of Dublin. Described in one obituary as "a true Bohemian", she was a guiding light to a generation of Irish performers. Her story passes through Blitz-era London, the development of young Phil Chevron and more besides.

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A City of Bookshops show art A City of Bookshops

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As we say goodbye to Chapters, TCB looks at some of Dublin's great bookshops of old and more recent times.

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Frank McDonald: A Fighter For Dublin show art Frank McDonald: A Fighter For Dublin

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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?

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From The Four Courts to The Quiet Man: Ernie O'Malley (Part 2) show art From The Four Courts to The Quiet Man: Ernie O'Malley (Part 2)

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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 Press)

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Bohemian Revolutionary: Ernie O'Malley (Part 1) show art Bohemian Revolutionary: Ernie O'Malley (Part 1)

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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 scene, together with his wife Helen Hooker. My guest is Cormac O'Malley. Ernie O'Malley: A Life is out now from Merrion Press.

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The Hellfire Club: Fact and Folklore show art The Hellfire Club: Fact and Folklore

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Yes, there was a Hellfire Club in eighteenth century Dublin. We know they existed, we know their antics, but what about the ruin in the Dublin mountains? The story of the Hellfire Club is not only the story of history, but also folklore.

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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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