Category Archive: History

Dec 10

The SS Hare : A tale of solidarity, hope and stout

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The SS Hare was a steamship built in 1886 at Barclay Curle & Co. shipyard in Glasgow for G&J Burns Ltd. In 1899 ownership was transferred to George Lowen of Manchester. In partnership with Dublin business man D.J. Stewart, Lowen had established The Dublin & Manchester Steamship Company In 1897. Stewart was also the owner of the …

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Nov 26

Dublin Port, World War One and U-boat attacks on Merchant ships : 30th November

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Nov 05

“The Life and Times of Alfie Byrne” – as told by Trevor White

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Alfie Byrne was the most popular Dublin-born politician of the 20th Century and the most historic Lord Mayor in the history of the City. Come along and hear the remarkable story of his life and career , as told by Trevor White , author of the recent critically acclaimed biography .   The Sean O’Casey …

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Oct 29

Felo de Se & a Stake through the Heart : The Ballybough Suicide Plot.

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 “…be buried in the usual place in the usual way.” Recent weeks have seen things stirring at the intersection of Clonliffe Road and Ballybough Roads. What was once a derelict piece of waste ground at the site of two advertising posters has now been tastefully landscaped with a pair of benches for weary travelers. The …

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Oct 29

East Wall History Festival 2017

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(Brochure design : Ciarán Swan)

Oct 08

The first of the famous Guinness fleet – torpedoed in 1917

Guinness archivist Eibhlin Roche , with model of SS WM Barkley

On 12th October 1917, the steam ship WM Barkley having set out from Dublin Port just hours earlier was torpedoed just off the Kish lighthouse. Five of the 13 crew members on board were killed, and the others were lucky to survive. Among those to lose their lives was Thomas Murphy of Sheriff Street, who …

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Sep 29

Christopher Wolfe – A North Dock victim of World War One U-boat attack

Christopher Wolfe and his wife , Elizabeth (nee Tully)

“Ah I’m going Liz, the lads will think I’ve swallowed the anchor”  These words were spoken by Christopher Wolfe to his wife on the 27th December 1917 . He left his home at Jane Place (off Seville Place) and that evening set sail on the SS Adela , a Tedcastle & McCormick steamer that had …

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Aug 05

Historical Trees , Fairview Park & the Irish Forestry Society

An almost treeless landscape in Connemara , early 20th Century.

“…turn unsightly districts in town and country into places pleasing to the eye and most conductive to health.” As a campaign to prevent the destruction of a large number of trees along Fairview Strand gains widespread community support , Hugo McGuinness of the East Wall History Group tells the story behind the original planting and …

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Jul 23

Fairview’s Trees – a part of local and National history

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  “…the promising beginnings of a growth that should give ample and graceful decoration to the park of the future.” On the 31st October 1908 , in honour of Arbor Day , The Irish Forestry Society (IFS) organized the planting of six trees along the Fairview Improvements Grounds, which were in the process of being …

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May 24

1917 Submarine victims – Media coverage of appeal for family contacts

Great coverage in the  Southside People

  This year will mark the centenary of two u-boat attacks on Dublin Port ships, which led to a substantial loss of life from the Dublin Dockland communities. On 14th December 1917 the SS Hare was targeted as it travelled from Manchester to Dublin Port, while less than a fortnight later, on the 27th December the SS …

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