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A Rush and a Push and the Land Is Ours

Three Castles Burning

Release Date: 08/23/2021

A City of Bookshops show art A City of Bookshops

Three Castles Burning

As we say goodbye to Chapters, TCB looks at some of Dublin's great bookshops of old and more recent times.

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Frank McDonald: A Fighter For Dublin show art Frank McDonald: A Fighter For Dublin

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Frank McDonald's The Destruction of Dublin (1985) is one of the most important books ever written on this city. His latest book,  A Little History of the Future of Dublin (Martello Publishing) takes up some of the same battles. What is to be done?

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From The Four Courts to The Quiet Man: Ernie O'Malley (Part 2) show art From The Four Courts to The Quiet Man: Ernie O'Malley (Part 2)

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Last week, Cormac O'Malley joined me to talk about his father and his journey to the War of Independence. This week, we talk about the life of Ernie O'Malley from the Civil War through to his great contributions to Bohemian Dublin's art scene, and his marriage to Helen Hooker. Ernie O'Malley: A Life is out now (Merrion Press)

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Bohemian Revolutionary: Ernie O'Malley (Part 1) show art Bohemian Revolutionary: Ernie O'Malley (Part 1)

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Ernie O'Malley's life is the stuff of a big screen film - in a sense it was, as a central inspiration to The Wind That Shakes The Barley. A young medical student at the time of the Rising, he became a key link between the IRA GHQ in Dublin and the army in the field. He was also a key figure in Dublin's bohemian art scene, together with his wife Helen Hooker. My guest is Cormac O'Malley. Ernie O'Malley: A Life is out now from Merrion Press.

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The Hellfire Club: Fact and Folklore show art The Hellfire Club: Fact and Folklore

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Yes, there was a Hellfire Club in eighteenth century Dublin. We know they existed, we know their antics, but what about the ruin in the Dublin mountains? The story of the Hellfire Club is not only the story of history, but also folklore.

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(Episode 100) Eustace Street: A Street of Ideas show art (Episode 100) Eustace Street: A Street of Ideas

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Eustace Street in Temple Bar is a street of ideas. It is a street which produced the first meeting of the United Irishmen,  the street which hosted Frederick Douglass twice during his visit to the city, and the street that plays home to the IFI, a cinema which challenged censorship.

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Merchant's Arch Then and Now show art Merchant's Arch Then and Now

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Merchant's Arch is a part of the story of the golden age - just about - of Dublin planning. From the Wide Streets Commission to the redevelopment of Temple Bar, this Dublin passageway is at the centre of the story of a changing city. So, what to do with it?

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Benches of Reflection show art Benches of Reflection

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This edition of the podcast is dedicated to the memory of historian, singer and trade unionist Manus O'Riordan. 

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Bang Bang Shoots The Buses show art Bang Bang Shoots The Buses

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In 2017, Dubliners came together to mark the final resting place of Thomas Dudley, better known to Dublin as 'Bang Bang'. This podcast, with Daniel Lambert from Phibsboro's Bang Bang Cafe, explores the great love of the city for this never-forgotten character.

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Factory Girls: The Working Lives of Dublin Women show art Factory Girls: The Working Lives of Dublin Women

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Please forgive sound as I'm away from - and between - homes. Recorded from deepest East Berlin.

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