Category Archive: History

Jul 18

Sarah Lundberg Summer School 2020 presents …

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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Jun 14

“Matt Talbot, James Joyce, and a very different Pint of Plain.”

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Take a walk on the Joyceside of Dublin’s Docklands in a pre-Bloomsday contemplation of two iconic Dubs. They both have their own statue, they both have bridges named after them , and both men had a deep understanding and experience of the darker side of Docklands culture . Hugo McGuinness will deliver a 15 minute …

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Jun 01

“The 1832 cholera pandemic in the North Inner City” – online event

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“Bodies , the Bishop , and Molotov cocktails :The 1832 cholera pandemic in North Inner City”. Illness , death , social-distancing , lockdown and fake news – we’ve been here before ! Join the East Wall History Group on Thursday 4th June @ 8pm for our first ever on-line event , when Hugo McGuinness will …

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Mar 08

The Aintree Grand National and the Dublin Dockland’s Field of Dreams

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“…renowned specimens of horseflesh got their first lessons in Horseology.”   Joe O’Grady passed away in 1960, and it was in that year that ‘M.A.T.’ an Evening Mail Columnist recalled sipping a pint in the Wharf Tavern with him. Joe was a well-known poet, balladeer, and songwriter, and that evening he was lamenting his changing world. …

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Mar 07

Church Organ Restoration fund-raiser : 8th March 2020

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Please support this community led initiative which aims to restore the original church organ to its former glory . ( The full story of the historic organ will be told later in the year , a unique part of the heritage of the North Dock community ).

Feb 02

Up in Smoke – the tragic saga of Virginia House, East Wall Road.

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“The first high-explosive shell of the long promised second battle of Clontarf has landed on the East Wall Road and blown an Irish firm out of existence and 300 Irish workers out of employment …” It was a building many associated with industry in the area – some remember it was Wiggins Teape , older …

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Jan 11

“A DUBLIN TRAGEDY” : The infamous 1908 Fish Street Murder

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It was described as “A SQUALID CRIME” , a grim murder , subsequent court-case and sensationalist newspaper coverage which gripped the public imagination . While the names of the victim and perpetrator have long been forgotten , the murder was so infamous at the time that it led to a street name been changed to …

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Dec 15

“North Wall eye-opener” – a Dockland Pub to remember

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As a new local pub, “The Bottle Boy”,opens at the location of the fondly remembered  “Connors” and “Vallence & McGrath” , we take a look back at the history of this address and the drinking establishments which previously stood there. The origins of a premises at No.81 North Wall Quay is somewhat obscure. In the …

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