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 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
info_outline Fig Rolls, Charles Haughey and the Road to IMMA 08/15/2021
Fig Rolls, Charles Haughey and the Road to IMMA The Irish Museum of Modern Art is celebrating thirty years in 2021. One of Ireland's finest and most engaging cultural centres, the story of how it came into being is sometimes surprising. This is the story of Gordon Lambert, Charles J. Haughey, and generations of modern artists from Mainie Jellett to Robert Ballagh.
info_outline The Great Escapes: George Gilmore, Mountjoy and Dundrum 08/07/2021
The Great Escapes: George Gilmore, Mountjoy and Dundrum In November 1925, 19 men were sprung from Mountjoy by George Gilmore, a young maverick Republican. A few short months later, he carried out an even more impressive action - breaking the famous Jack Keogh out of Dundrum Lunatic Asylum.
info_outline The Dublin That Never Was: Abercrombie and Others 07/30/2021
The Dublin That Never Was: Abercrombie and Others Through history, many changes to Dublin have been proposed and never realised. These included concreting over the canals, an art gallery on the Liffey and, perhaps most famously, a Temple Bar bus station. This podcast explores the Dublin that could have been.
info_outline Forza Azzurri: A Busy Night in Dublin 7 07/23/2021
Forza Azzurri: A Busy Night in Dublin 7 How many eager Dubliners can you fit into Dalymount Park? On 5 February 1985, more than forty thousand of us somehow squeezed in to watch Ireland take on the Azzurri. At a time when Ireland was mad for Italian football - in no small part thanks to a Whitehall boy - the game could have resulted in tragedy.
info_outline It's the End of the War as We Know It (With Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc) 07/16/2021
It's the End of the War as We Know It (With Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc) The end of the War of Independence in Dublin was a strange thing: Even on the very day a truce was being negotiated, the IRA was planning a spectacular. But were they capable of doing it? Who was Margaret Keogh, the Cumann na mBan activist killed at the very end of the conflict? And what was different about Dublin in 1921? My guest is Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc, author of a study of the Truce.
info_outline Living With Pride: Christopher Robson's Photography (with Tonie Walsh) 07/08/2021
Living With Pride: Christopher Robson's Photography (with Tonie Walsh) Christopher Robson took more than two thousand images of Pride and gay rights activism in Dublin from 1992 onwards, some of which are now on display in the National Photographic Archive. They capture iconic Dublin faces like Thom McGinty - the Diceman - and a city in a time of transition and change.
info_outline The Press, The Pubs, The Camac: The Dublin of Con Houlihan 07/01/2021
The Press, The Pubs, The Camac: The Dublin of Con Houlihan Few writers are as fondly remembered in Dublin as Con Houlihan. Even in his own lifetime, a series of testimonials were erected to him in public houses he frequented. On paper a sportswriter, Con was something much broader. His story touches on things as diverse as the Evening Press, Saint Patrick's Athletic, Welsh miners and Mulligans.
info_outline Lord Carson of Harcourt Street (With Cormac Moore) 06/24/2021
Lord Carson of Harcourt Street (With Cormac Moore) Arguably the most influential Dublin-born politician of the modern age was Edward Carson, the unlikely figurehead of Unionism who played no small role in the partition of Ireland. Cormac Moore, author of Birth of The Border, joins me to discuss Carson and Unionism more broadly, at a time when contemporary Unionism seems in freefall.
info_outline Building Up And Tearing Dublin Down: Housing and the 1960s 06/14/2021
Building Up And Tearing Dublin Down: Housing and the 1960s The great hope of 1960s Dublin housing, Ballymun, followed on from the 1963 tenement collapse. As homes collapsed in the city centre, killing four Dubliners, it was a time for new thinking on working class housing. There was activism and anger in the city, but Dublin itself seemed to continue expanding into new suburbia.
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.