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 A Day of Violence: 21 November 1920 10/21/2020
A Day of Violence: 21 November 1920 On 21 November 1920, more than 30 people were killed or fatally wounded on the streets of Dublin. That is just about all there is total agreement on, even at the remove of a century. In the morning, more than fifteen men were shot dead or fatally wounded, while 14 civilians would die at Croke Park in later violence, and 3 prisoners in Dublin Castle would be dead by the end of the day. This is the story of a day of real violence in the Irish capital, exploring how it happened and how it has been remembered.
info_outline Broken Promises and Broken Windows: The Campaign for Women's Suffrage in Dublin 10/15/2020
Broken Promises and Broken Windows: The Campaign for Women's Suffrage in Dublin This is the story of the Irish Women's Franchise League, and an exploration of the similiarities - and differences - between the suffrage movement here and that on the neighbouring island. This podcast is dedicated to the memory of Margaret MacCurtain.
info_outline The Rise, Demise and Rebirth of Henrietta Street 09/28/2020
The Rise, Demise and Rebirth of Henrietta Street Few streets in Dublin have gone on a journey like Henrietta Street. From Georgian grandeur to tenement decline, this story touches on names as diverse as Luke Gardiner,Mary Wollstonecraft, Uinseann MacEoin and Herbert Simms.
info_outline Special Centenary Edition: The Burning of Balbriggan 09/21/2020
Special Centenary Edition: The Burning of Balbriggan On 20 September 1920, the town of Balbriggan was besieged by Black and Tans. Their misfortune was to be the proximity of the town to Dublin city, and the atrocity would make its way to the House of Commons and the New York Times. This special edition of the podcast - produced quickly to mark the event - explores that day.
info_outline 40 Herbert Park: A Contested Ballsbridge House 09/13/2020
40 Herbert Park: A Contested Ballsbridge House What will happen to the home of The O'Rahilly? The beautiful Edwardian Ballsbridge house, built at the time of the massive World Fair in Hebert Park, is currently causing great debate. Donal Fallon explores The O'Rahilly and his home.
info_outline Frank Harte and the Dublin Tradition 09/07/2020
Frank Harte and the Dublin Tradition Frank Harte, from Dublin's Chapelizod, was the son of a publican who became an architect, but who is best remembered as a collector of songs. From Anonymous to Zozimus, he gathered thousands of songs in his lifetime, and has been acknowledged as a central influence by Lankum and others. This is an introduction to one of Dublin's great voices.
info_outline Just a Lad of Eighteen Summers 08/30/2020
Just a Lad of Eighteen Summers Earlsfort Terrace (UCD) produced its share of radicals in the early twentieth century, from Todd Andrews to Sean MacBride, but there is one student radical remembered above all others: Kevin Barry. Immortalised in a ballad performed by all from Paul Robeson to Leonard Cohen, Barry's death was a major international story. Barry's death was a major international story.
info_outline Talking Ballyfermot, Czechoslovakia and life with Mick O'Reilly 08/24/2020
Talking Ballyfermot, Czechoslovakia and life with Mick O'Reilly Mick O'Reilly's memoir 'From Lucifer to Lazarus: A Life on the Left' is a book about growing up in working class Dublin, and a book about labour and trade unionism in the capital. It is also the story of how a young man became involved in the communist movement, and how that faith was shaken by global events. We talk about some of the characters Mick met along the way, and how Dublin has changed and continues to change.
info_outline Suburbia or Siberia? Dublin's Early Suburbs (1922-1939) 08/17/2020
Suburbia or Siberia? Dublin's Early Suburbs (1922-1939) Dublin's early experiments in suburbia post-independence were drastically different - from the Garden City model of Marino to the expansive Cabra and Crumlin. Some argued the answer lay in good quality housing in the city centre. This is the story of Simms, Suburbia and - Behan joked - Siberia.
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.