Category Archive: Dublin Dockworkers Preservation society

Aug 29

“Poor Tommy worked on the Railway” : The London and North Western Railway, North Wall and the Great War

LNWR Hotel 1886

Along North Wall Quay, situated between the modern developments at Spencer Dock and the shell of what was to be the Anglo-Irish Bank HQ are two somewhat incongruous red brick buildings. These are the former Hotel and Railway Station of the London and North Western Railway Company, an employer of over 90,000 men and women …

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Aug 14

The Great North Wall Railway Robbery of 1915.

LNWR North Wall station , early 20th Century

One hundred years ago . It was midnight, as Saturday the 14th August became Sunday the 15th August 1915, when six armed and masked men forced their way into the rail depot at North Wall. Determined and precise, they left a short time later, taking with them four large crates. The men were not apprehended …

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Aug 01

John Flood: Fenian leader, Australian citizen and East Wall smuggler

John Flood in Mountjoy

“If loving my country through my whole life should make me wretched, I am wretched indeed…I am ready, my lords, for my sentence”   These were the words spoken by Dublin man John Flood on the 21st May 1867 as he was found guilty of ‘treason felony’ and sentenced to 15 years transportation to Australia. …

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May 09

Did your Granny make bombs in World War One? The story of the Dublin Dockyard War Munitions Factory.

The Dublin Dockyard War Munitions Factory

Between 1915 and 1919 the Dublin Dockyard War Munitions Factory operated in Dublin Port. It was established by the Scottish born John Smellie, who was already operating the Dublin Dockyard Company since 1902, his ambitious attempt to establish a ship building industry in the City. Smellie has left a lasting legacy on the local community …

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Apr 19

“DID YOUR GRANNY MAKE BOMBS FOR THE WAR” – Talk on Docklands munitions factory in World War One .

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Aug 28

“FAIRFIELD MEMORIES” – CD launch at The Ferryman

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“FAIRFIELD MEMORIES ” is the latest CD from Paul O’Brien , and will be launched  this Saturday (30th August) at the Dublin Dockworkers Preservation Society heritage event at The Ferryman, Sir John Rogersons Quay, 8.30pm). Paul will be well known to many of you , not just as ‘the local lad with the guitar’ but …

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Aug 04

Sarah Lundberg R.I.P.

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Sarah Lundberg , a member of the East Wall History Group , and  active on other community initiatives , sadly passed away last month . Her death came as a great shock to the community and she will be sadly missed . The East Wall History Group will present a full tribute to Sarah during …

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Jan 24

“Reinterpreting 1913″ – Three part radio series

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A new three part series  ”Reinterpreting 1913″  will begin tomorrow night on NearFM,  broadcasting on the station each Friday (24th, 31st January and 7th February) at 6pm.You can listen to it on NearFM which is on 90.3FM  broadcasting across the North East of Dublin. It can also be streamed internationally live from near.ie/webcam. The poster for the series includes a wonderful image of Dublin Port , …

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Sep 24

Successful Culture Night event in the Sean O’Casey Community Centre

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Successful Culture Night event in the Sean O’Casey Community Centre Last Friday, 20th September was Culture Night 2013, and the Sean O’Casey Community Centre hosted a hugely successful programme of events on the theme of ‘working class’ culture. Here is a full report on an evening which included Dublin tenements, Dockers and 1913 photo exhibits …

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May 30

Dockworkers history at River fest – June Bank holiday

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Dockworkers history at River fest – June Bank holiday    Recent meeting of the Dublin Dockworkers Preservation Society at the Sean O’Casey Community centre .

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