Three Castles Burning
Three Castles Burning is a social history podcast, dedicated to the story of the Irish capital. Dublin is a city of many stories, Three Castles Burning tells some of the more forgotten ones.
info_outline Aer Finglas: The Early Days of Irish Aviation 08/08/2020
Aer Finglas: The Early Days of Irish Aviation Before Ryanair - or even Aer Lingus - there was Iona National Airways. From humble beginnings, and a familiar shed at Cross Guns Bridge, came an aerodrome in Finglas. Some of those who took to the skies would become the earliest pilots with Aer Lingus, while the story involves great names like Lady Heath. This is the story of how Dublin fell in love with the skies.
info_outline Chippers and Catholicism: Dublin's Little Italy 08/02/2020
Chippers and Catholicism: Dublin's Little Italy Dublin once boasted a Little Italy, as the area around Chancery Lane hosted one of the most interesting migrant communities to settle in the Hibernian Metropolis. The story of the Italians in Dublin is the story of chippers, of artists, of trade unionists, the Fascisti, soccer and more besides.
info_outline Magic Nights in the Royal (With Conor Doyle) 07/25/2020
Magic Nights in the Royal (With Conor Doyle) Dublin's Theatre Royal was a legendary venue, though in its final incarnation it lasted less than three decades. From Paul Robeson to Judy Garland, it witnessed some magic nights. Its story goes to sometimes unexpected places. Conor Doyle, historian of the Theatre Royal, talks us through it.
info_outline Elation Once Again: Dublin and Italia 90 07/18/2020
Elation Once Again: Dublin and Italia 90 What is there to say? The sad passing of Jack Charlton is a reminder of magic times in Dublin. This podcast explores some of the Dublin dimensions of the tale, from the traveling support to the amazing homecoming.
info_outline Boers, Ducks and Suffragettes: St Stephen's Green (Part 1) 07/14/2020
Boers, Ducks and Suffragettes: St Stephen's Green (Part 1) We all know St Stephen's Green as a place we may go for lunch or a stroll, but the park has a remarkable history - from dueling in the Georgian city to the contested memory of the Boer War in Dublin. It's also one of few places in the city where women are honoured in a significant way. Learn a little more about this great park with Donal Fallon.
info_outline The History of Dublin and Tattoos 07/06/2020
The History of Dublin and Tattoos To many, Dublin tattooing brings to mind the name of Johnny Eagle. Yet the earliest tattoo shop in the city predated him by decades. Today, Dublin tattoos are in fashion - from Poolbeg chimneys to pints of stout - but where did it all begin?
info_outline Gentlemen Only? The Forty Foot and Swimming in Dublin 06/28/2020
Gentlemen Only? The Forty Foot and Swimming in Dublin The Forty Foot, to many, is forever associated with Ulysses. Others associate it with the women's movement of the 1970s, and the battle for full equality between men and women when it came to swimming in Dublin. But why is it called the Forty Foot, and how long are Dubs jumping into Dublin Bay?
info_outline The South City Markets and Victorian Dublin (George's Street Arcade) 06/23/2020
The South City Markets and Victorian Dublin (George's Street Arcade) To us today, it is the George's Street Arcade.
info_outline The North King Street Massacre (with Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc) 06/20/2020
The North King Street Massacre (with Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc) Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc is the author of several studies on the Irish revolution, both local and national, but he is currently working on a study of one of the most controversial aspects of the revolution: The Disappeared.
info_outline Dublin and the Anti-Slavery Movement 06/11/2020
Dublin and the Anti-Slavery Movement The story of the anti-slavery movement in Ireland is the story not only of Frederick Douglass and O'Connell., but decades of activism. This podcast touches on the Hibernian Anti-Slavery Association, the great Equiano who visited Dublin in the 1790s and more besides.
info_outline The Palace Bar, Fleet Street 06/05/2020
The Palace Bar, Fleet Street The Palace on Fleet Street has remained much the same through the decades, despite the streets around it being transformed several times over. The pub is forever associated with names like Flann O'Brien, R.M Smylie and Harry Kernoff, but what was it about this pub that attracted such literary minds- and where were the women? Donal is joined by Willie Ahern of The Palace.
info_outline Dublin's Great in 88: Invention and Celebration 05/30/2020
Dublin's Great in 88: Invention and Celebration For many, the 1988 Millenium is little more than a milk bottle in the press, but the year had a transformative effect on the capital. From Molly Malone to new public parks, much was added to the city, but how much truth was in it all?
info_outline The Legend of Arkle: Pat Taaffe, bottled Guinness and Tolka Park 05/25/2020
The Legend of Arkle: Pat Taaffe, bottled Guinness and Tolka Park It is fifty years this week since the death of Arkle, considered the greatest race horse of them all.
info_outline Luke Kelly in England (With Ronan Burtenshaw) 05/21/2020
Luke Kelly in England (With Ronan Burtenshaw) It is impossible to understand Luke Kelly without having a grasp of the British folk revival. Many of the songs that made Luke a household name with The Dubliners were learned in the folk clubs of England, while Luke also moved in radical political circles that shaped his worldview, like the Young Communist League. Ronan Burtenshaw (editor of Tribune Magazine and author of an article on Luke's radicalism) joins us.
info_outline A Hero's Death: Oliver Sheppard's The Death of Cúchulainn 05/14/2020
A Hero's Death: Oliver Sheppard's The Death of Cúchulainn 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.
info_outline A City Of Protestant Radicals? Dublin and the United Irishmen (with Fergus Whelan) 05/11/2020
A City Of Protestant Radicals? Dublin and the United Irishmen (with Fergus Whelan) The story of the Society of United Irishmen in Dublin is a story of subversion and a story of dissent. Historian Fergus Whelan, author of a new biography of United Irish leader William Drennan, joins TCB to discuss the their origins, their ideology and to answer a central question: How shaped were they by Protestantism and Protestant identity?
info_outline Goodbye to Bewley's? Opera Cake, James Joyce and the Diceman 05/07/2020
Goodbye to Bewley's? Opera Cake, James Joyce and the Diceman And so a Dublin giant falls, with the closure of Bewley's. This extra edition of the podcast explores the incredible history of Bewley's, in the context of other Dublin coffee houses through the ages. Ludwig Wittgenstein, James Joyce, the Irish Women's Liberation Movement and more besides in this one.
info_outline You'll Never Walk Alone: Heffo's Army in the 1970s (with Roy Curtis) 05/06/2020
You'll Never Walk Alone: Heffo's Army in the 1970s (with Roy Curtis) In 1974, Dublin's gaelic football teamp captivated the capital on their unstoppable march to the All Ireland Final. Suddenly, GAA was cool. The kids descended on the Hill, carrying with them a fan culture they had learned from the neighbouring island - You'll Never Walk Alone was the anthem of choice, sang amidst the homemade banners.
info_outline Baseball in the Hibernian Metropolis (With Peter Kavanagh) 05/01/2020
Baseball in the Hibernian Metropolis (With Peter Kavanagh) Is there a history of baseball in Ireland? There is, and its a remarkable story. From twenty thousand people in Croke Park to O'Malley Fields in Clondalkin, this podcast brings us on a journey acros the Atlantic and back again. Guest is Peter Kavanagh.
info_outline Tom Clarke's revolutionary newsagents 04/27/2020
Tom Clarke's revolutionary newsagents You know the Londis on the corner of O'Connell Street and Parnell Street, but what about the history of the site? Once upon a time, Thomas J. Clarke's shop stood at 75A Parnell Street. This is the story of a Dublin newsagents which was dripping with sedition.
info_outline Brendan Behan, Norah Hoult and others tales of censorship (featuring Censored podcast) 04/24/2020
Brendan Behan, Norah Hoult and others tales of censorship (featuring Censored podcast) Dublin is a city famed for her bookshops, but what was in them? Throughout the twentieth century, censorship kept many of the greatest works of literature away from the shelves.
info_outline Remembering John Gallagher: The Pride of the Coombe (with Liz Gillis) 04/15/2020
Remembering John Gallagher: The Pride of the Coombe (with Liz Gillis) This show is dedicated to the memory of John Gallagher. Community activist, veteran of the battle to save Wood Quay, product of the Coombe. My thanks to historian Liz Gillis for her contributions.
info_outline The Burning of the British Embassy (Guest: Brian Hanley) 04/07/2020
The Burning of the British Embassy (Guest: Brian Hanley) It is almost fifty years since the burning of the British Embassy on Merrion Square, following Bloody Sunday. Just how did Dublin - and the Republic more broadly - respond to the events in Derry, and what was different less than a decade later, at the time of the 'Battle of Ballsbridge' in 1981?
info_outline EXTRA: The Day Dublin Stopped Completely 04/04/2020
EXTRA: The Day Dublin Stopped Completely A bonus for listeners stuck indoors due to the current crisis, where we all should be, and a thank you for your continued support. April marks the centenary of the greatest General Strike in Irish history (13 April 1920), when the country came to a total standstill demanding the release of prisoners from Mountjoy. It's a great story involving the RAF, the Punchestown races, the Labour Party and a lot more. Next proper edition this Wednesday coming with Dr Brian Hanley.
info_outline Original Pirate Material: Dublin Pirate Radio 1916-1979 04/01/2020
Original Pirate Material: Dublin Pirate Radio 1916-1979 Has it come to this? Pirate radio in Ireland has a long history, but it has tended to focus on the so-called super pirates of the 1980s. What about the journey to that point? This story brings us from rebels to giggling schoolboys, and from Irish language activists to IRA pirate stations in Rathmines bedsits.
info_outline Dublin's Little Jerusalem 03/25/2020
Dublin's Little Jerusalem The area around Portobello, the South Circular Road and Clanbrassil Street was once Little Jerusalem, the beating heart of Jewish Dublin. But why did they settle there, what brought them to Ireland and "what have the Jews ever done for us."