Category Archive: History

Jan 28


Larkin statue

(‘Big Jim’ Larkin died was born 150 years ago on the 28th January 1874). What follows is an unedited extract from an essay by Joe Mooney and the late Sarah Lundberg, completed as part of the Alternative Visions Oral History Project. The final essay was one of two they contributed to “100 Years Later: The …

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Sep 24

“No Coward Soul : Jack Nalty (1902-1938)” by Steve Nugent .

No Coward Soul Front

  First published twenty years ago (2003), “No Coward Soul” was the first comprehensive account of the life of Jack Nalty made available. Written by his nephew, Steve Nugent, his research ensured that the full story of his uncle achieved it’s rightful place and was not simply a few references found in accounts of the …

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Sep 20

Jack Nalty – East Wall sports champion (and Republican soldier)

Jack Nalty with Dublin City Harriers third from left front row)

“Jack [Nalty] always gave of his best”   This year marks the 85th anniversary of the death of Jack Nalty , an East Wall man who died at the Battle of the Ebro on 23rd September 1938. A Republican , socialist and trade unionist , Jack had fought in the War of Independence and Civil War …

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Sep 10

“From the Calton to Catalonia” – Interview with playwrights John and Willy Maley

From the Calton

The Sean O’Casey Festival 2023 is delighted to present the Irish premiere of this acclaimed play by John and Willy Maley. Set in the 1930’s during the Spanish Civil War, it is based on the true story of their father James and other family members. The story switches between a fascist prison in Spain and …

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May 12

Liam Lynch centenary event : Tuesday 16th May at the Sean O’Casey Theatre (A film screening, art exhibition and history talk)

Liam Lynch

  Award-winning artist and theatre designer Dolores Lyne is marking the centenary of her grand-uncle Liam Lynch, Chief of Staff of the Anti-Treaty IRA, with an exhibition  inspired by a trove of personal letters written by Liam to his brother Tom, the confidante in whom he felt safe, writing unique letters that covered the most …

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May 10

East Wall & North Strand Festival 1975 to 1978 (Full brochures).


The community festival which took place each year in the late 1970′s are still fondly remembered. The brochures produced at the time were not just timetables of events but included fantastic local history, literature and art. These are a treasure trove of memories for our community, and can be viewed in full or downloaded at …

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Apr 18

“In the Shadows of the Gunmen: Sean O’Casey and the Irish Revolution”


‘In the Shadows of the Gunmen: Sean O’Casey and the Irish Revolution’ Saturday 22nd April @ 2.30pm in Charleville Mall Library: This month marks the 100th anniversary of the premiere of ‘Shadow of a Gunman’ at the Abbey Theatre. This was the first of the famous Dublin Trilogy of plays by Sean O’Casey, and would …

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Feb 09

Brendan Behan centenary – two performances in his memory.


      Brendan Behan was born on the 9th February 1923. He went on to become a great Irish author, song writer and playwright. He presented himself as a larger than life character, while his work was raw and uncompromising and he never abandoned his pure Dublin roots. To mark this centenary, we are …

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Feb 04

Sing a song of Docklands” ( February 2023)

Jan 20

“Executions” – Ulick O’Connor


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