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 Capel Street: Sex Shops, Pawnbrokers and a Revolutionary Library 06/06/2021
Capel Street: Sex Shops, Pawnbrokers and a Revolutionary Library Few streets in Dublin have the history of Capel Street - and now, it seems destined for major change. This podcast explores a street with an architeictural history stretching back to pre-Georgian times, and at the heart of change in more recent decades.
info_outline The Pike: Dublin's Bohemian Theatre 05/31/2021
The Pike: Dublin's Bohemian Theatre With less than sixty seats, the tiny Pike Theatre still brought new life into Irish theatre, and introduced Irish audiences to internaitonal talent. Yet it all lasted less than a decade, thanks to a campaign waged against it by state forces.
info_outline Dublin's Historian: Éamonn MacThomáis 05/22/2021
Dublin's Historian: Éamonn MacThomáis Éamonn MacThomais did much to popularise Dublin's history. Best remembered for his television series, Dublin: A Personal View, he wrote his book Me Jewel And Darlin' Dublin while a guest of the state in Mountjoy Prison. His life story tells us much about republicanism and Dublin in the twentieth century.
info_outline From Dalkey to Vogue 05/16/2021
From Dalkey to Vogue Carmel Snow, from Dalkey, lived a remarkable life. At the helm of both Vogue and Harper's Bazaar at a transformative time in journalism, Snow was a champion of Irish writers and Irish designers. Her name is associated with Dior, Balenciaga and others closer to home like Sybil Connolly.
info_outline When Dublin Rushed North 05/06/2021
When Dublin Rushed North In April and May 1941, Dublin bravely answered the call of Belfast, after bombs reduced much of the city to rubble. It remains an inspiring moment of human heroism, all the more important to remember against the backdrop of the current political situation in the North.
info_outline A Social History of the Bicycle 04/29/2021
A Social History of the Bicycle The bicycle has been at the heart of Irish history in sometimes surprising ways. Sport, revolution and literature have all benefited from its place in our lives. This edition of the podcast is dedicated to the memory of Paddy Cahill.
info_outline Dublin and the road to the Spanish Civil War 04/22/2021
Dublin and the road to the Spanish Civil War A besieged party office on Great Strand Street, a planned ambush from the rooftops of Westmoreland Street, a riot in Glasnevin Cemetery and a march on Leinster House abandoned at the eleventh hour. These events are all part of the story of Dublin and the road to the Spanish Civil War. Historian Fergus Whelan joins me on this edition of the show.
info_outline United's Irishman: Billy Behan and the Beautiful Game 04/15/2021
United's Irishman: Billy Behan and the Beautiful Game Billy Behan came from a family steeped in Dublin's footballing tradition. He went on to become chief scout for Manchester United in Ireland, spotting all from Liam Whelan to Paul McGrath. Over several decades, players he found went on to international acclaim.
info_outline Towards A Healthier City: Parke Neville's Dublin 03/30/2021
Towards A Healthier City: Parke Neville's Dublin Parke Neville was a surveyor and engineer. He transformed Dublin in ways we still see today - the Fruit and Vegetable Market was his idea and design, the Vartry water scheme was his crowning achievement and he even paved our streets. Curiously forgotten now, he remains one of Dublin's greatest servants.
info_outline Strumpet City, Synge Street and Socialism: James Plunkett 03/23/2021
Strumpet City, Synge Street and Socialism: James Plunkett The writer James Plunkett gave us one of the all-time Dublin classics in Strumpet City. He idealised Big Jim Larkin, seeing in him a living representation of a heroic time in the city in which his own father had played a part. Condemned from pulpit and defended by Behan, this is the story of James Plunkett.
info_outline From Nassau Street to the Pagan O'Leary: Dublin and Saint Patrick 03/17/2021
From Nassau Street to the Pagan O'Leary: Dublin and Saint Patrick There are curious traces of Patrick - and his legacy - around Dublin today. A mural painted during the Irish cultural revival in City Hall positions him amidst nationalist struggle, while a well hidden below Trinity College claims strong connections. How much of Saint Patrick - and our idea of him - is imported from the United States?
info_outline Poetry, Protests and Pranksters: The O'Connell Bridge 03/09/2021
Poetry, Protests and Pranksters: The O'Connell Bridge EPISODE 70! Thanks for your support.
info_outline The Rise and Demise of Dublin's Cinemas 03/01/2021
The Rise and Demise of Dublin's Cinemas Cinemas boomed in the Dublin of the 1920s and 1930s, but by the 1960s and 1970s the industry was in massive decline. How did some cinemas make it less than two decades before becoming bingo halls? And how did one Dublin cinema club prosper even against the backdrop of a dying industry?
info_outline Surrey House and the Rathmines Revolutionaries 02/22/2021
Surrey House and the Rathmines Revolutionaries The Leinster Road home of Constance Markievicz was the de-facto headquarters of revolutionary boyscouts Na Fianna Éireann, an Irish nationalist hijacking of the Baden Powell boyscout ideal. In Unionist Rathmines, Surrey House was a centre of nationalism, Suffrage activism and socialism.
info_outline St Valentine and Whitefriar Street Church 02/14/2021
St Valentine and Whitefriar Street Church A short edition of the podcast to mark Valentine's Day and the presence of the relics of Saint Valentine in Whitefriar Street Church. Dublin owes much to Father John Spratt, a man of charity and a social reformer, who is to thank for the presence of the relics here. The story of Valentine's relics is also the story of one of Dublin's great female sculptors, Irene Broe.
info_outline Old Streets and New Communities 02/10/2021
Old Streets and New Communities This special edition of the podcast, produced for Dublin Chinese Lunar New Year, explores the Parnell Street and Moore Street areas in the context of how new communities have come to settle there. This area is now fundamentally linked to Chinese and Asian cuisine and culture in Dublin, but also has a surprisingly long history of migration. Is Parnell Street Dublin’s Chinatown, and what does the future hold for Moore Street?
info_outline Patrick Kavanagh's Dublin 02/02/2021
Patrick Kavanagh's Dublin Patrick Kavanagh described coming to Dublin as the worst mistake of his life. In truth, the city would shape him as a poet and as a man. There are traces of Kavanagh to be found in different parts of the city today, but nowhere moreso than in the Dublin 4 neighbourhood he immortalised forever.
info_outline The Poolbeg Stacks 01/24/2021
The Poolbeg Stacks 2021 marks 50 years since the first of the Poolbeg stacks went up. The Pigeon House/Poolbeg is at the centre of the story of electricity in Dublin. How have these red and white chimneys come to be a symbol of Dublin, and why are other industrial features forgotten by comparison? Most importantly, what does the future hopd for them?
info_outline Take Her Up To Monto 01/19/2021
Take Her Up To Monto Where did Monto come from, and how did it last so long? Immortalised as Nighttown by Joyce, Dublin's red light district was a product of more than just the military presence in Dublin. This podcast explores the Monto in reality and memory.
info_outline Storming The Parliament: The 1759 College Green Riot 01/11/2021
Storming The Parliament: The 1759 College Green Riot In December 1759, a 'mob' of some three thousand people made their way from the Coombe to College Green. Some of them proceeded to enter the Irish Parliament, demanding that politicians swear an oath and even occupying the throne of the House of Lords. But what influenced them to do it, and what became -or should become of the College Green parliament?
info_outline The Students are Revolting: Dublin and 1968 01/05/2021
The Students are Revolting: Dublin and 1968 1968 brings to mind the occupied universities of Paris, or the student protests for Civil Rights reform in the United States. In a year of global student revolt, curious things were happening on Irish campuses. From Maoists in Trinity College to a young Kevin Myers in UCD, many were seeking change. In Paris, the students found an unlikely friend in a Dublin-born film producer too. This is the story of 1968.
info_outline The Burning of the Custom House (with Las Fallon) 12/30/2020
The Burning of the Custom House (with Las Fallon) The 25 May 1921 witnessed the Second Battalion of the Dublin Brigade IRA enter the Custom House. The masterpiece of James Gandon, and the home of the Local Government Board, it was set on fire in minutes. But the fire became an inferno only after the fire brigade arrived. How exactly did this happen? Fire brigade historian and author Las Fallon joins me to discuss a remarkable day of collusion between the DFB and the IRA.
info_outline Houses, Markets and Pints of Plain: Lord Iveagh's Dublin 12/21/2020
Houses, Markets and Pints of Plain: Lord Iveagh's Dublin Last night, a Christmas tree appeared outside the Iveagh Markets. On one level, it was a long standing tradition (until the late 1980s), but on another it was a sign of hope, that the markets may yet be reborn.
info_outline A Few Men Faithful and a Deathless Dream: Kilmainham Gaol (With Gillian O'Brien) 12/14/2020
A Few Men Faithful and a Deathless Dream: Kilmainham Gaol (With Gillian O'Brien) Gillian O'Brien, author of The Darkness Echoing, joins Donal to talk about her new book and Kilmainham Gaol. From 1796 to 1924, Kilmainham was at the heart of Irish history, but how has its meaning shifted through time?
info_outline Christmas in the Hibernian Metropolis 12/06/2020
Christmas in the Hibernian Metropolis A potted history of Christmas in Dublin, from a tense Christmas which saw a policeman chucked into the Liffey to the annual Wrenboy tradition which still happens in parts of Dublin. What was Christmas like in 1920, and what about during the years of the so-called Emergency?
info_outline The Vegetarian Restaurant of the Irish Revolution 11/28/2020
The Vegetarian Restaurant of the Irish Revolution 21 Henry Street, the vegetarian restaurant where the 1916 Proclamation was signed, was later attacked by the IRA in the Civil War, owing to the politics of its owner, Jennie Wyse Power. In its day it fed suffragettes, socialists, Indian students and perhaps the occasional G Man. A future President of Ireland, and a future President of India, both frequented it.
info_outline The Gresham Hotel on Bloody Sunday 11/21/2020
The Gresham Hotel on Bloody Sunday On this day a century ago, two men are killed in The Gresham Hotel in Dublin. Just who they were, and why they found themselves on a hitlist that morning, remains something of a mystery today. This podcast is a sequel of sorts to a recent edition on Bloody Sunday.
info_outline The Zoological Gardens (EXTRA) 11/20/2020
The Zoological Gardens (EXTRA) This week, an unexpected extra edition of the podcast to celebrate the zoological gardens. Where did Dublin Zoo come from and how has it changed? Our planned show this week, on the Gresham Hotel and Bloody Sunday, will be coming this weekend to mark the centenary of events there.