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Moscow, Marino, Orwell Road

Three Castles Burning

Release Date: 03/19/2022

Sites of Memory: Gay Dublin show art Sites of Memory: Gay Dublin

Three Castles Burning

 In Temple Bar, a plaque honours the Hirschfeld Centre. At Bow Lane East, an aging sign is all that remains of Incognito, a gay sauna that made it to the front of the international press in the early 1990s for all of the wrong reasons. Then there's Dublin Castle, a site of joy and scandal. These are just some of the many sites of memory that help us tell the story of Gay Dublin. *This episode contains some explicit language.* Support TCB: www.patreon.com/threecastlesburning

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Sylvia Beach and Us show art Sylvia Beach and Us

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In June 1962, Sylvia Beach was in the last months of her life. She unveiled a tower in Sandycove as a museum to James Joyce. Without her, would the world have known the significance of that place? Her little Parisian bookshop will forever be bound to Dublin.

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The Stolpersteine of Donore Avenue show art The Stolpersteine of Donore Avenue

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Last week, a series of commemorative brass plaques were unveiled on Dublin 8's Donore Avenue in honour of six victims of the Holocaust with connections to Dublin. These memorial stones are part of a truly global project honouring the victims of the Holocaust, but marked the first on Irish soil. This edition of the podcast explores the background to this project.    

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Dublin's First Female Councillor show art Dublin's First Female Councillor

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Sarah Cecilia Harrison (1863–1941) lived many lives in one. A Suffragist, a social campaigner, a nationalist and an artist, she was closely aligned with Hugh Lane in the battle for a modern art gallery in London. The first female member of Dublin Corporation, she is the subject of a new study. Editor Margarita Cappock joins me to discuss her importance.

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

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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

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"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

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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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