Category Archive: History

Jan 21

The first Dáil Éireann, the North Dock and Phil Shanahan TD

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“We declare that we desire our country to be ruled in accordance with the principles of Liberty, Equality, and Justice for all, which alone can secure permanence of Government in the willing adhesion of the people.” It was on the 21st January 1919 that the first Dáil Éireann assembled at the Mansion House, Dublin. The …

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Dec 14

“ARE YOU A BUTTON MAN ?” – Saturday 15th December @ EPIC , CHQ

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Dec 09

Rory O’Connor , Jack Nalty and the chess-set fit for heroes

Rory O'Connor remembered

On the 8th December 1922  four republican prisoners were executed by the Free State at Mountjoy Gaol . The evening before one of the men, Rory O’Connor, had been playing chess with his comrades. Upon receiving the news of his sentence , he handed his chess set to fellow prisoner , the North Wall man …

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Nov 12

Civil Rights , Suffragettes and a Deadly flu – History Talks at the Sean O’Casey Theatre

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A series of talks hosted by the East Wall History Group throughout November 2018 . All welcome to these FREE events.   Supported by Dublin City Council  

Nov 11

Songs of the Dublin Docklands and the Great War :

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  This is a selection of songs by Paul O’Brien we are sharing today , a century after the Great War ended . The songs are all based on real people , local men who lost their lives in that terrible conflict . While there are different opinions on how we should remember or commemorate …

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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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