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 Dublin since the 1970s (with Joseph Brady) 05/16/2022
Dublin since the 1970s (with Joseph Brady) 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.
info_outline Thomas Kinsella from The Ranch 05/02/2022
Thomas Kinsella from The Ranch 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.
info_outline The Playboy Riots 04/25/2022
The Playboy Riots "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?
info_outline The Calm Before The Storm 04/18/2022
The Calm Before The Storm 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
info_outline Doggerel for a Departed Dublin 04/10/2022
Doggerel for a Departed Dublin 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.
info_outline Alderman Tom Kelly and The Tenters (with Cathy Scuffil) 04/02/2022
Alderman Tom Kelly and The Tenters (with Cathy Scuffil) 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.
info_outline From Misery Hill to Champions' Avenue 03/26/2022
From Misery Hill to Champions' Avenue 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)
info_outline Moscow, Marino, Orwell Road 03/19/2022
Moscow, Marino, Orwell Road 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.
info_outline Harry Kernoff: Capturing Dublin (With Kathryn Milligan) 02/17/2022
Harry Kernoff: Capturing Dublin (With Kathryn Milligan) 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.
info_outline The Handover (With Kate O'Malley) 02/08/2022
The Handover (With Kate O'Malley) 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.
info_outline Kathleen Clarke: A Very Different Lord Mayor 02/01/2022
Kathleen Clarke: A Very Different Lord Mayor This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the passing of Dublin's first female Lord Mayor, Kathleen Clarke. A founding member of Fianna Fáil, her time in the Mansion House brought her into serious confrontation with the party. She transformed the symbols of the city and paved the way for the nine other women who have followed her.
info_outline Seizing The Rotunda 01/24/2022
Seizing The Rotunda A red flag over the Rotunda, and a manifesto which demanded employment. The 1922 protest of the unemployed led by World War One veteran and writer Liam O'Flaherty grabbed plenty of headlines in Ireland and internationally. A century on, this is the story of what some called 'The Rotunda Soviet'.
info_outline The Arrival of Television 01/16/2022
The Arrival of Television It is sixty years since the arrival of Irish television. De Valera launched the station into the world, telling viewers that "I must admit that sometimes when I think of television and radio and their immense power I feel somewhat afraid." What did television mean for Dublin?
info_outline “The Monarch of the Liberties and King of the Mob" 01/08/2022
“The Monarch of the Liberties and King of the Mob" 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.
info_outline Shaping the City and Suburbs (with Ruth McManus) 12/20/2021
Shaping the City and Suburbs (with Ruth McManus) In 2002, Dr. Ruth McManus published her landmark study Dublin 1910-1940, shaping the city and suburbs. Now, ahead of its twentieth anniversary, it is back on our shelves. Ruth joined me to talk about all things planning and suburbia in a Dublin that was changing rapidly.
info_outline From Berlin to Dublin: Agnes Bernelle 12/09/2021
From Berlin to Dublin: Agnes Bernelle Agnes Bernelle brought the spirit of Berlin to the stage of Dublin. Described in one obituary as "a true Bohemian", she was a guiding light to a generation of Irish performers. Her story passes through Blitz-era London, the development of young Phil Chevron and more besides.
info_outline Frank McDonald: A Fighter For Dublin 11/22/2021
Frank McDonald: A Fighter For Dublin 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?
info_outline From The Four Courts to The Quiet Man: Ernie O'Malley (Part 2) 11/14/2021
From The Four Courts to The Quiet Man: Ernie O'Malley (Part 2) 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)
info_outline Bohemian Revolutionary: Ernie O'Malley (Part 1) 11/07/2021
Bohemian Revolutionary: Ernie O'Malley (Part 1) 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.
info_outline The Hellfire Club: Fact and Folklore 10/31/2021
The Hellfire Club: Fact and Folklore 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.
info_outline (Episode 100) Eustace Street: A Street of Ideas 10/23/2021
(Episode 100) Eustace Street: A Street of Ideas 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.
info_outline Merchant's Arch Then and Now 10/13/2021
Merchant's Arch Then and Now 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?
info_outline Bang Bang Shoots The Buses 09/24/2021
Bang Bang Shoots The Buses 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.
info_outline A School For Young Radicals 09/06/2021
A School For Young Radicals St Enda's - Scoil Eanna - was a radical new approach to education. With a strong emphasis on art and nature, as well as a keen internationalism in its approach, the school was a key part of the cultural revival in early twentieth century Dublin.
info_outline "Long Live the Rolling Stones!"- Dublin,1965 08/30/2021
"Long Live the Rolling Stones!"- Dublin,1965 In 1965, The Rolling Stones toured Ireland twice. On both occasions, they packed them in to Dublin's Adelphi. They were stars in January but superstars by September. Recorded this one at the weekend as a tribute to Charlie Watts,RIP.
info_outline A Rush and a Push and the Land Is Ours 08/23/2021
A Rush and a Push and the Land Is Ours Jane Wilde - Speranza - was a nationalist, a champion of the rights of women, a poet and a Dublin socialite. In her lifetime her son Oscar achieved international fame, and her husband infamy at home. She also inspired the title of a Smiths song, and deserves a Dublin memorial