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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

Surrey House and the Rathmines Revolutionaries show art Surrey House and the Rathmines Revolutionaries

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The Leinster Road home of Constance Markievicz was the de-facto headquarters of revolutionary boyscouts Na Fianna Éireann, an Irish nationalist hijacking of the Baden Powell boyscout ideal. In Unionist Rathmines, Surrey House was a centre of nationalism, Suffrage activism and socialism.

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St Valentine and Whitefriar Street Church  show art St Valentine and Whitefriar Street Church

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A short edition of the podcast to mark Valentine's Day and the presence of the relics of Saint Valentine in Whitefriar Street Church. Dublin owes much to Father John Spratt, a man of charity and a social reformer, who is to thank for the presence of the relics here. The story of Valentine's relics is also the story of one of Dublin's great female sculptors, Irene Broe.

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Old Streets and New Communities show art Old Streets and New Communities

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This special edition of the podcast, produced for Dublin Chinese Lunar New Year, explores the Parnell Street and Moore Street areas in the context of how new communities have come to settle there. This area is now fundamentally linked to Chinese and Asian cuisine and culture in Dublin, but also has a surprisingly long history of migration. Is Parnell Street Dublin’s Chinatown, and what does the future hold for Moore Street?

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Patrick Kavanagh's Dublin show art Patrick Kavanagh's Dublin

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Patrick Kavanagh described coming to Dublin as the worst mistake of his life. In truth, the city would shape him as a poet and as a man.  There are traces of Kavanagh to be found in different parts of the city today, but nowhere moreso than in the Dublin 4 neighbourhood he immortalised forever.

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The Poolbeg Stacks show art The Poolbeg Stacks

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2021 marks 50 years since the first of the Poolbeg stacks went up. The Pigeon House/Poolbeg is at the centre of the story of electricity in Dublin. How have these red and white chimneys come to be a symbol of Dublin, and why are other industrial features forgotten by comparison? Most importantly, what does the future hopd for them?

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Take Her Up To Monto show art Take Her Up To Monto

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Where did Monto come from, and how did it last so long? Immortalised as Nighttown by Joyce, Dublin's red light district was a product of more than just the military presence in Dublin. This podcast explores the Monto in reality and memory.

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Storming The Parliament: The 1759 College Green Riot show art Storming The Parliament: The 1759 College Green Riot

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In December 1759, a 'mob' of some three thousand people made their way from the Coombe to College Green. Some of them proceeded to enter the Irish Parliament, demanding that politicians swear an oath and even occupying the throne of the House of Lords. But what influenced them to do it, and what became -or should become of the College Green parliament?

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The Students are Revolting: Dublin and 1968 show art The Students are Revolting: Dublin and 1968

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1968 brings to mind the occupied universities of Paris, or the student protests for Civil Rights reform in the United States. In a year of global student revolt, curious things were happening on Irish campuses. From Maoists in Trinity College to a young Kevin Myers in UCD, many were seeking change. In Paris, the students found an unlikely friend in a Dublin-born film producer too. This is the story of 1968.

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The Burning of the Custom House (with Las Fallon) show art The Burning of the Custom House (with Las Fallon)

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The 25 May 1921 witnessed the Second Battalion of the Dublin Brigade IRA enter the Custom House. The masterpiece of James Gandon, and the home of the Local Government Board, it was set on fire in minutes. But the fire became an inferno only after the fire brigade arrived. How exactly did this happen? Fire brigade historian and author Las Fallon joins me to discuss a remarkable day of collusion between the DFB and the IRA.

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Houses, Markets and Pints of Plain: Lord Iveagh's Dublin show art Houses, Markets and Pints of Plain: Lord Iveagh's Dublin

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Last night, a Christmas tree appeared outside the Iveagh Markets. On one level, it was a long standing tradition (until the late 1980s), but on another it was a sign of hope, that the markets may yet be reborn.

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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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