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Poetry, Protests and Pranksters: The O'Connell Bridge

Three Castles Burning

Release Date: 03/09/2021

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

Three Castles Burning

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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Dublin's Historian: Éamonn MacThomáis show art Dublin's Historian: Éamonn MacThomáis

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Éamonn MacThomais did much to popularise Dublin's history.  Best remembered for his television series, Dublin: A Personal View,  he wrote his book Me Jewel And Darlin' Dublin while a guest of the state in Mountjoy Prison. His life story tells us much about republicanism and Dublin in the twentieth century.

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From Dalkey to Vogue show art From Dalkey to Vogue

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Carmel Snow, from Dalkey, lived a remarkable life. At the helm of both Vogue and Harper's Bazaar at a transformative time in journalism, Snow was a champion of Irish writers and Irish designers. Her name is associated with Dior, Balenciaga and others closer to home like Sybil Connolly.

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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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