Category Archive: History

Sep 04

Sean O’Casey Festival 2018 : September 11th – September 21st

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Sean O’Casey is recognized as one of Ireland’s greatest playwrights . He lived for 30 years of his life in East Wall and the North Docks , at Hawthorn Terrace and Abercorn Road. It was here that he lived through an exciting period in Irish history , and witnessed momentous events. But more importantly it …

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Aug 04

Dublin Docklands at War : 1914 to 1918

Troops at Spencer Dock 1914

“The Whole world is in a state of chassis” Dublin Port in a time of War: 1914 to 1918  “…his Majesty’s Government declared to the German Government that a state of war exists between Great Britain and Germany as from 11 p.m. on August 4, 1914.”  With these words Ireland, as part of the United Kingdom …

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Jun 27

East Wall resists evictions in the 1970’s

June 19th 1973

“This is going back to the days of Adam and Eve- it just can’t happen in this day and age” This is a story from the front page of the Evening Press, from just over 45 years ago. The story features details of an attempt to evict seventeen families from Caledon Road. The tenants, some …

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Jun 16

Refusing to fight in World War I: Resistance to military conscription in First World War Britain and Ireland.

Poster for Conscientious Objectors talk

We are familiar with how Irish people responded to the threat of conscription during the First World War , with a mass campaign of resistance which prevented it’s introduction here. This event will look in detail at how the same threat was faced in Britain , by individuals and organisations who showed great courage in …

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Jun 12

“Love Liberty – Hate Slavery”: Dublin’s abolition movement in the 19th century

Richard Allen , Dublin abolitionist

“Tell every man that you do not understand liberty for the white man, and slavery for the black man; that you are for liberty for all, of every color , creed and country” Richard Allen was born in 1803 at Harold’s Cross, which was then a rural area of Dublin. The family were part of …

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May 13

“Ireland and the African slave trade” – Exciting conference at Sean O’Casey Theatre

The abolition of the slave trade

On Saturday the 23rd June the East Wall History Group & the Alternative Visions Oral History Group will host the 2018 Sarah Lundberg Summer School. Each year the event is held in honour of our friend and colleague Sarah Lundberg, an Archivist, Historian and publisher who tragically passed away four years ago. This is a …

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Apr 13

“Coining it” – Paydays and pilfering at the Docklands Bomb factory

Womens Wartime Fund

In 1915 munitions fever struck Ireland as the possibility of high paying jobs of £4-10 per week in English Factories presented themselves, coupled with the announcement that Ireland was to get its own munitions industry with National Shell Factories being established around the country. Similarly, Private Industry took up the challenge in the form of …

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Apr 02

Easter’s past – From the GPO to East Wall in the 1950’s

Who Fears to speak

“…here we are in Caledon Road, a relief but a letdown all the same.  For it was as if our journey back in time had only been an illusion”  Mick Ryan was born in East Wall in the 1940’s. He recently published his first volume of autobiography entitled “My Life in the IRA: The Border …

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Apr 01

Easter 1916: Stories from the North Dock

Peter Carpenter Armband

During the Easter Rising Centenary Year 2016 local history groups in the Docklands were busy ensuring that the anniversary was properly commemorated. The East Wall History Group and the North Docks Peoples Voice Project undertook extensive research, held and participated in a number of talks and walking tours. We also published a booklet and numerous …

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Feb 04

Countess Markiewicz sketch of East Wall resident

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This is a fantastic sketch of East Wall resident Molly Nugent by Countess Markievicz . The Nugent family  lived at Seaview House , positioned at the junction of Seaview Avenue and Church Road , (along with much of the surrounding land) from where they ran a successful and famous horse dealing business. Molly was one …

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