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 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.
info_outline Poppy Snatching: Armistice Day Confrontations in Dublin 11/07/2020
Poppy Snatching: Armistice Day Confrontations in Dublin The memory of the First World War would come to shape life in post-independence Dublin in sometimes surprising ways. Each November, there would be violent confrontations on the streets. In time, this situation evolved, as some who had once attacked Armistice Day came to partake in it.
info_outline Bram Stoker's Dublin 10/31/2020
Bram Stoker's Dublin A special edition of the podcast, as part of this years digital Bram Stoker Festival, exploring the impact of Dublin city on Dracula's author. The links are sometimes surprising - from the parents of another Irish writer entirely, to the collections of the oldest library in the city. Guest is Frankie Gaffney (Trinity College Dublin) who sets the book in its context before our journey begins.
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?