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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

When Dublin Rushed North show art When Dublin Rushed North

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In April and May 1941, Dublin bravely answered the call of Belfast, after bombs reduced much of the city to rubble. It remains an inspiring moment of human heroism, all the more important to remember against the backdrop of the current political situation in the North.

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A Social History of the Bicycle show art A Social History of the Bicycle

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The bicycle has been at the heart of Irish history in sometimes surprising ways. Sport, revolution and literature have all benefited from its place in our lives. This edition of the podcast is dedicated to the memory of Paddy Cahill.

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Dublin and the road to the Spanish Civil War show art Dublin and the road to the Spanish Civil War

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A besieged party office on Great Strand Street, a planned ambush from the rooftops of Westmoreland Street, a riot in Glasnevin Cemetery and a march on Leinster House abandoned at the eleventh hour. These events are all part of the story of Dublin and the road to the Spanish Civil War. Historian Fergus Whelan joins me on this edition of the show.

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United's Irishman: Billy Behan and the Beautiful Game show art United's Irishman: Billy Behan and the Beautiful Game

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Billy Behan came from a family steeped in Dublin's footballing tradition. He went on to become chief scout for Manchester United in Ireland, spotting all from Liam Whelan to Paul McGrath. Over several decades, players he found went on to international acclaim.

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The Dublin Metropolitan Police show art The Dublin Metropolitan Police

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From the 1830s until 1925, the Dublin Metropolitan Police patrolled the streets of Dublin. From rampaging bulls to political radicals, they were ever-busy. Surprising traces of them remain in Dublin today.

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Towards A Healthier City: Parke Neville's Dublin show art Towards A Healthier City: Parke Neville's Dublin

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Parke Neville was a surveyor and engineer. He transformed Dublin in ways we still see today - the Fruit and Vegetable Market was his idea and design, the Vartry water scheme was his crowning achievement and he even paved our streets. Curiously forgotten now, he remains one of Dublin's greatest servants.

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Strumpet City, Synge Street and Socialism: James Plunkett show art Strumpet City, Synge Street and Socialism: James Plunkett

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The writer James Plunkett gave us one of the all-time Dublin classics in Strumpet City. He idealised Big Jim Larkin, seeing in him a living representation of a heroic time in the city in which his own father had played a part. Condemned from pulpit and defended by Behan, this is the story of James Plunkett.

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From Nassau Street to the Pagan O'Leary: Dublin and Saint Patrick show art From Nassau Street to the Pagan O'Leary: Dublin and Saint Patrick

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There are curious traces of Patrick - and his legacy - around Dublin today. A mural painted during the Irish cultural revival in City Hall positions him amidst nationalist struggle, while a well hidden below Trinity College claims strong connections. How much of Saint Patrick - and our idea of him - is imported from the United States?

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Poetry, Protests and Pranksters: The O'Connell Bridge show art Poetry, Protests and Pranksters: The O'Connell Bridge

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EPISODE 70! Thanks for your support.

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The Rise and Demise of Dublin's Cinemas show art The Rise and Demise of Dublin's Cinemas

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Cinemas boomed in the Dublin of the 1920s and 1930s, but by the 1960s and 1970s the industry was in massive decline. How did some cinemas make it less than two decades before becoming bingo halls? And how did one Dublin cinema club prosper even against the backdrop of a dying industry?

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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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