Category Archive: History

Jan 14

WW1 SUBMARINE VICTIMS : HELP FOR DEPENDENTS IN DUBLIN

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“It has been estimated that upwards of 100 persons in the city have been rendered desolate by the disaster” On the 14th December 1917 the SS Hare was torpedoed as traveled from Manchester to Dublin Port , with the loss of 12 lives. Just a fortnight later the SS Adela was similarly targeted as it …

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Jan 07

Centenary of Dublin Port ships lost in U-Boat attacks : Two plaques unveiled

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December 2017  marked the centenary of  U-boat attacks on two well known  Dublin Port ships . Almost half of those who died when the SS Hare and SS Adela were torpedoed came from the Dublin Dockland communities. The tragedies were marked by a number of events, commemorated  by the Adela- Hare Centenary Commemoration Committee. This …

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Dec 27

The final Voyage of the SS Adela – 27th December 1917

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During World War One German U-boat activity in Irish Coastal Waters led to the loss of hundreds of vessels and thousands of lives. Torpedo attacks intensified in 1917 and that year’s Christmas season would be a grim one many families. December saw the sinking of a Dublin Port ship, the SS Hare, on December 14th, …

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Dec 13

The final voyage of the SS Hare – 14th December 1917

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The SS Hare set sail from Manchester to make the journey to Dublin on the evening of Thursday 13th December 1917. It was a familiar route for the steamer, one it had regularly travelled over the previous two decades, with many of the crew being old hands onboard. She was carrying a general cargo of …

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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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