Walking along The Dubline.

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Storymap have just released over a dozen new videos of Dublin storytellers, as part of the Dubline project. The Dubline is intended as a historical and cultural route that runs from Trinity College Dublin to Kilmainham. These stories are a great adddition to the stories along the route which were already recorded as part of their broader project of mapping the city. You can see their map of the Dubline stories here.

Beginning down at College Green, Lorcan Collins has contributed this great video on the history of King Billy on College Green. We’ve looked at this statue in the past, quoting from Ireland in Pictures (1898) who wrote that “no statue in the world, perhaps, has been subject to so many vicissitudes.” Lorcan’s story ends with praise for the brilliant Thomas Davis statue, and the meaning of that man to the nation:

Ross Keane from the IFI talks about…

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‘Dublin Tenement Life’

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A brilliant new Facebook page has emerged recently, entitled ‘Dublin Tenement LIFE’. It has posted a remarkable collection of photographs, primarily showing working class life in inner-city Dublin in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Many of the photos have been collected by the North Inner City Folklore Project, and capture important moments in the history of the city.

One particular photograph from the 1940s is very interesting for me though, and a bit touching. A relative realised while browsing the pictures that one of them shows the home of my grandmother at Cornmarket, near to the Liberties. I never met my grandmother, but her home can be seen in this image. We know that they had the two front rooms on the left on the first floor. The ones with the painted windows and curtains. Of course, this is all demolished now, but it’s a great image to…

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King Billy’s still on the wall.

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The week ahead of us sees the twelfth of July upon us once more, with marches across the north of Ireland in honour of King William of Orange and his victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Many Dubliners may be surprised to hear of the huge tapestry commemorating this event that sits in the centre of our city to this day, inside the Bank of Ireland on College Green.

The old Irish Parliament building on College Green remains one of the finest bits of architecture in Dublin, and its place in architectural history is well and truly secured, serving as an influence for the British Museum and U.S Capitol Building among with other buildings internationally. While many know of the doomed statue of King William of Orange that sat outside of this parliament from the early eighteenth century until it was bombed by republicans in 1929, few…

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