Category Archive: History

Sep 18

“O’Casey in the estate – Ploughing on” / Culture Night 2020 (Available now)

This collection was created for Culture Night 2020. It can be watched as a playlist (above) , which will carry us through the life of Sean O’Casey from childhood through to his last farewell to Dublin. Each contribution can also be enjoyed separately (below) . Join the cast members of the RTE documentary “O’Casey in …

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Sep 18

“Docklands BY Docklanders” – Culture Night 2020 (Available now)

This collection was created for Culture Night 2020 . It can be watched as a playlist (above) , with the pieces appearing in chronological order , from the 18th century to modern day. Each individual contribution can also be enjoyed separately(see links below).   Enjoy a literary tour of the Dublin Docklands . Drawing on …

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Sep 16

Culture Night 2020 : “Docklands BY Docklanders”

Join us on Culture Night for a virtual journey through time and space in the Dublin Docklands. Using extracts from previously published literature which span over two centuries, we will sample the rich tapestry of stories and characters that have given this area its unique flavour. The carefully chosen selection of material range in time …

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Sep 11

“When Hitchcock met O’Casey” free-to-view

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This critically acclaimed documentary is available to view on Youtube for a limited period . Made in conjunction with the East Wall History Group , it sold out its premiere screening at the Dublin International Film Festival . Available until Monday evening , 14th September . Enjoy

Sep 06

Sean O’Casey Festival 2020 – full programme available

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“All the worlds a stage, and most of us are desperately unrehearsed” So said Sean O’Casey, and there are no more appropriate words to describe this very strange year. But in the grand old theatrical tradition – the show must go on. This year’s annual festival will be very different of course, with COVID-19 restrictions …

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Sep 03

“Waterloo, John Rennie , Black Drop Opium and the Docklands dislocated Doorway “.

John Rennie was an innovative Scottish civil engineer , responsible for key works in Britain, Scotland and Dublin , including within the North Docks. His “Doorway into the Docklands” (1813) was never really meant as the tribute to a future victory over the French as is suggested today. However, that victory which would come in …

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Aug 28

The story of Clontarf Island

CONTAGION , CROMWELL AND THE CASE OF THE DISAPPEARING ISLAND : In this talk , Caitriona Ni Cassaithe traces the history of the now disappeared Clontarf Island which was a prominent feature of Dublin Bay right up until the late 1800s. The island served many uses over time and was used as a bathing spot, …

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Jul 18

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Jul 13

“May your song always be sung” : Sarah Lundberg Summer School 2020

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The Sarah Lundberg Summer School 2020 will be an online event , due to COVID-19 restrictions. Each year we remember our friend Sarah (who sadly took her own life in 2014) , when we celebrate her inspirational spirit with an afternoon of talks or performances based on subjects that would have resonated with her and …

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Jun 14

“Kick over the statues” – the rise and fall of Edward Colston

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(Illustration : Banksy) Bristol-born Edward Colston (1636-1721) was a leading profiteer and organiser of the English slave trade in the late seventeenth Century. Predicated upon his philanthropy, during the Victorian era, Colston was reinvented by Bristol’s business elite as a ‘merchant prince’ and ‘moral saint’ effectively becoming the City’s father.  The Countering Colston (CC) campaign …

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