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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

The Dublin That Never Was: Abercrombie and Others show art The Dublin That Never Was: Abercrombie and Others

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Through history, many changes to Dublin have been proposed and never realised. These included concreting over the canals, an art gallery on the Liffey and, perhaps most famously, a Temple Bar bus station. This podcast explores the Dublin that could have been.

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Forza Azzurri: A Busy Night in Dublin 7 show art Forza Azzurri: A Busy Night in Dublin 7

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How many eager Dubliners can you fit into Dalymount Park? On 5 February 1985, more than forty thousand of us somehow squeezed in to watch Ireland take on the Azzurri. At a time when Ireland was mad for Italian football - in no small part thanks to a Whitehall boy - the game could have resulted in tragedy.

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It's the End of the War as We Know It (With Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc) show art It's the End of the War as We Know It (With Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc)

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The end of the War of Independence in Dublin was a strange thing: Even on the very day a truce was being negotiated, the IRA was planning a spectacular. But were they capable of doing it? Who was Margaret Keogh, the Cumann na mBan activist killed at the very end of the conflict? And what was different about Dublin in 1921? My guest is Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc, author of a study of the Truce.

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Living With Pride: Christopher Robson's Photography (with Tonie Walsh) show art Living With Pride: Christopher Robson's Photography (with Tonie Walsh)

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Christopher Robson took more than two thousand images of Pride and gay rights activism in Dublin from 1992 onwards, some of which are now on display in the National Photographic Archive. They capture iconic Dublin faces like Thom McGinty - the Diceman - and a city in a time of transition and change. 

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The Press, The Pubs, The Camac: The Dublin of Con Houlihan show art The Press, The Pubs, The Camac: The Dublin of Con Houlihan

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Few writers are as fondly remembered in Dublin as Con Houlihan. Even in his own lifetime, a series of testimonials were erected to him in public houses he frequented. On paper a sportswriter, Con was something much broader. His story touches on things as diverse as the Evening Press, Saint Patrick's Athletic, Welsh miners and Mulligans.

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Lord Carson of Harcourt Street (With Cormac Moore) show art Lord Carson of Harcourt Street (With Cormac Moore)

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Arguably the most influential Dublin-born politician of the modern age was Edward Carson, the unlikely figurehead of Unionism who played no small role in the partition of Ireland. Cormac Moore, author of Birth of The Border, joins me to discuss Carson and Unionism more broadly, at a time when contemporary Unionism seems in freefall.

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Joseph Strick's Ulysses (1967) show art Joseph Strick's Ulysses (1967)

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HAPPY BLOOMSDAY!

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Building Up And Tearing Dublin Down: Housing and the 1960s show art Building Up And Tearing Dublin Down: Housing and the 1960s

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The great hope of 1960s Dublin housing, Ballymun, followed on from the 1963 tenement collapse. As homes collapsed in the city centre, killing four Dubliners, it was a time for new thinking on working class housing. There was activism and anger in the city, but Dublin itself seemed to continue expanding into new suburbia.

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Capel Street: Sex Shops, Pawnbrokers and a Revolutionary Library show art Capel Street: Sex Shops, Pawnbrokers and a Revolutionary Library

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Few streets in Dublin have the history of Capel Street - and now, it seems destined for major change. This podcast explores a street with an architeictural history stretching back to pre-Georgian times, and at the heart of change in more recent decades.

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The Pike: Dublin's Bohemian Theatre show art The Pike: Dublin's Bohemian Theatre

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With less than sixty seats, the tiny Pike Theatre still brought new life into Irish theatre, and introduced Irish audiences to internaitonal talent. Yet it all lasted less than a decade, thanks to a campaign waged against it by state forces. 

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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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