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“The Monarch of the Liberties and King of the Mob"

Three Castles Burning

Release Date: 01/08/2022

Dublin since the 1970s (with Joseph Brady) show art Dublin since the 1970s (with Joseph Brady)

Three Castles Burning

Joseph Brady is a geographer with a special interest in the changing landscape of the city and county of Dublin. A discussion on Dublin since the 1970s brings us through things like smog, the stinking Liffey, the quays and the changing docklands. Some change was good, some wasn't, and some remains on the table. Brady's new study Dublin from 1970 to 1990: The City Transformed is available now.

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Thomas Kinsella from The Ranch show art Thomas Kinsella from The Ranch

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Thomas Kinsella from The Ranch was one of Ireland's great poets, but Dublin - and working class Dublin especially - was at the very heart of his work. This podcast explores what we might call Thomas Kinsella's Dublin, from his home on the border of Inchicore and Ballyfermot to Wood Quay.

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The Playboy Riots show art The Playboy Riots

Three Castles Burning

"In writing The Playboy of the Western World, as in my other plays, I have used one or two words only that I have not heard among the country people of Ireland, or spoken in my own nursery before I could read the newspapers." Why did Synge's masterpiece cause such trouble in the Dublin of 1907, and was it really a 'riot' or something else?

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The Calm Before The Storm show art The Calm Before The Storm

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The story of 24 April 1916 is well told. What about the day before? In Dublin, the eve of an insurrection was a strange day of rumour, horse racing tips and - in Phibsborough - a kidnap saga. TCB is ad free. Support it on Patreon: www.patreon.com/threecastlesburning

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Doggerel for a Departed Dublin show art Doggerel for a Departed Dublin

Three Castles Burning

This edition of the podcast explores some of the poetry of the late Vincent Caprani. A proud Italo-Irish Dub, Caprani wrote some excellent and memorable poems about the city and its people. He died last October. Contains bad language, but plenty of soul.

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Alderman Tom Kelly and The Tenters (with Cathy Scuffil) show art Alderman Tom Kelly and The Tenters (with Cathy Scuffil)

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Alderman Tom Kelly is one of Dublin's great forgotten heroes. A Councillor who championed housing (even before the houses of the city were collapsing in 1913) he came from Dublin's tenements and insisted on the need to replace them with good quality housing. Part of his legacy is The Tenters, a series of streets in Dublin 8. Cathy Scuffil is a Historian in Residence to Dublin City Council and an authority on Dublin 8.

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From Misery Hill to Champions' Avenue show art From Misery Hill to Champions' Avenue

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Dublin is a city and county with some brilliant and downright odd street names, reflecting all from industrial history to the moon landings. This week we're exploring some of the more unusual ones, and looking at some names which have somehow survived major change. (Podcast thumbnail: William Murphy, Flickr)

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Moscow, Marino, Orwell Road show art Moscow, Marino, Orwell Road

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We're back! Series 2, Episode 1. In recent weeks, there has been much talk about the Russian Embassy on Orwell Road. The story of Ireland's connections to the former Soviet Union is a sometimes surprising journey, taking in all from the Lockout to the (alleged) Russian Crown Jewels.

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Harry Kernoff: Capturing Dublin (With Kathryn Milligan) show art Harry Kernoff: Capturing Dublin (With Kathryn Milligan)

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Kathryn Milligan is the author of one of my favourite books on Dublin in recent years, Painting Dublin: 1886-1949. It explores how various artists have depicted the Hibernian Metropolis. We share a great love for Harry Kernoff, and in this episode she shares great insights into the man and the artist.

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The Handover (With Kate O'Malley) show art The Handover (With Kate O'Malley)

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How can we compare the handing over of Dublin Castle with key moments in the history of other nations like India or Barbados? How accurate was the depiction of the transfer of power in Neil Jordan's 1996 classic Michael Collins? Kate O'Malley, co-author of The Handover (with John Gibney) joined me to explore what the handing over of Dublin Castle meant in the context of Empire.

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January is a time for thinking about mental health. Few names are as important in that story in an Irish context as Jonathan Swift, the founder of Saint Patrick's Hospital. Swift transformed the area around his Cathedral, ensuring work and dignity for the people of the Liberties, but the hospital remains the most important part of his legacy.