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A Hero's Death: Oliver Sheppard's The Death of Cúchulainn

Three Castles Burning

Release Date: 05/14/2020

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This week, an unexpected extra edition of the podcast to celebrate the zoological gardens. Where did Dublin Zoo come from and how has it changed? Our planned show this week, on the Gresham Hotel and Bloody Sunday, will be coming this weekend to mark the centenary of events there.

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Oliver Sheppard's The Death of Cúchulainn sits in the window of the General Post Office. It is my favourite piece of twentieth century art in Dublin. Surprisingly, it predates the Easter Rising, and has even inspired murals in Loyalist Belfast. Inspired by its appearance on the new Fontaines DC LP cover, this edition of the podcast explores Sheppard's masterpiece.

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