Iceskating in Dublin

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

On January 1st 1850 the pond in Herbert Park, Dublin, was once again frozen and in use as a skating pond. This was not unusual in 19th century Dublin. The Evening Mail of the following day reported that the pond was visited by “a strong muster of idle Dublin blackguards, ragamuffins and vagabonds” determined to ruin the fun of the law abiding skaters. Initially, the rowdies kept to one end of the ice having made a slide. But, in the afternoon the sliders caused mayhem by sliding into the skaters. Some...

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Bloody “Saturday” in Dublin

Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

There will be a re- enactment of a street riot in Dublin this Saturday, Aug 31st. It is part of the 1913 Dublin Lockout commemorations. The re-enactment of a police baton charge on  crowds who had gathered to hear Jim Larkin speak in O’Connell St. on Sunday August 31st 1913. More than 300 people were injured in the ensuing chaos and the event became known in Irish history as Bloody Sunday. There were to be at least 2 more Bloody Sundays in Irish history, each more horrifying than the previous. As well as...

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Leopold Bloom Walking Tour, plaque #7

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

He crossed at Nassau street corner and stood before the window of Yeates and Son pricing the fieldglasses. This is Plaque no. 7 by Robin Buick, following Leopold Bloom’s midday walk. Yeates and Son has long gone. The plaque is outside a Bank of Ireland office at the corner of Nassau and Grafton Streets. This is very apt as Bloom later comments that there’s a little watch up there on the roof of the bank to test those glasses by. The bank he was referring to was the Bank of Ireland on College Green....

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Dublin Tenement Experience

Posted by on Jun 29, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Henrietta Street is a beautiful Georgian Street in the north of Dublin city. However, in the late 19th and early 20th century the buildings, once used by prosperous bankers, solicitors, doctors and others, were used as tenements. The 1911 census  of Ireland shows that 17 families were living in No. 14. 26,000 families were in such buildings of which 20,000 were living in single rooms. During the months of July and August you can get an idea of what life was like for these families. This visitor experience is part...

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Lepolod Bloom Walking Tour: Plaque #6

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

“He crossed under Tommy Moore’s roguish finger. They did right to put him up over a urinal: meeting of the waters” This plaque is on the traffic island between College Street, College Green and Westmoreland Street. It is the easiest of all the plaques to find as it is below the statue of Thomas Moore. One of Moore’s best known poems is about the Vale of Avoca and is titled The Meeting of the Waters. The structure behind the statue is a long closed gents toilets. Assuming Bloom – and...

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