Horrible Outrage on the Dead

After the sad news this week of the St Michan’s vaults break-in comes this story of vault robberies from 1836, its a pity these stories aren’t in the distant past where they belong. We had a memorable visit to St Michan’s vaults a few years ago. Hopefully, they will reopen and the skull of the 800-year-old crusader can be retrieved. You can check out our … Continue reading Horrible Outrage on the Dead

A Sunday in Dublin in 1948

In the Summer of 1948, an English travel writer named John Wood went on a backpacking trip around Ireland. Wood walked most of the 1,000 miles with a few unsolicited lifts and bus trips along the way, he managed to visit seventeen counties in one of the wettest summers on record for the time. He later wrote a travel book called ‘With Rucksack round Ireland‘. … Continue reading A Sunday in Dublin in 1948

Black and white photo of Doris street

Who once lived on this Dublin street ?

I took this photo a few weeks ago when I was out for a lunchtime stroll.  I really like these quaint little red brick terraced houses on Doris street in Ringsend in ‪Dublin‬ 4‬.  Doris street is located in an area called South Lotts, which was reclaimed marshes along the South of the river Liffey in Dublin.  I believe these houses were built-in circa 1905, as I can’t find any … Continue reading Who once lived on this Dublin street ?

Former Great Brunswick Street Carnegie Library

Citizens in Conflict

The Dublin City Library regularly have history exhibitions, Citizens in Conflict exhibition is the latest one.  It’s a 1916 Easter Rising exhibition currently on display at Pearse Street Library in Dublin 2, running until the 25th June 2016. It’s a historic multi-media exhibition which includes eyewitness accounts and sources such as Dublin Fire Brigade logbook. It gives a snapshot of the Rising through the eyes of ordinary … Continue reading Citizens in Conflict

Glasnevin Cemetery Tour Dublin

Where one million Dubliners reside

  We visited Glasnevin cemetery in Dublin recently, we booked tickets for the museum and got the guided tour, if you are visiting Glasnevin, the tour is well worth it and gives you a great history of the cemetery and some of the people buried there, from ordinary Dublin people who died of cholera, the Great Liberator Daniel O’Connell, Charles Stuart Parnell and the Republican … Continue reading Where one million Dubliners reside

10 things to do for Halloween in Dublin

If you’re visiting or living in Dublin and are looking for things to do around Halloween, this post might inspire you, there are lots of different events happening in Dublin to suit a range of tastes and ages. Revenge is a dish best served cold. RTÉ Concert Orchestra usually screen a thriller or horror movie with music played live.  Watch Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 crime … Continue reading 10 things to do for Halloween in Dublin

Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa commemoration

We attended two Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa funeral commemoration services this weekend. Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa was an Irish Fenian, originally from Cork, he established the Phoenix National and Literary Society, which later merged with the Irish Republican Brotherhood.  He was imprisoned by the British and was eventually exiled to America, where he continued to campaign for Irish freedom.  He is most remembered today for his funeral, where Pearse gave a … Continue reading Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa commemoration

Clondalkin Round Tower

Hidden gems around the Round Tower

The west Dublin village of Clondalkin, has a great walking tour with various different historical and heritage points of interest, dating as far back as the 5th century.  We recently did a self-guided walking tour. The Clondalkin walking tour takes about an hour and a half to do and is about 4 Kilometres, if you are short on time, you can also do a shorter version, which only … Continue reading Hidden gems around the Round Tower

entrance to National Museum of Ireland

Iconic Treasures

We headed to the National Museum of Ireland for a guided tour. We find taking tours are far more informative than browsing around ourselves. The museum is located here, beside Leinster House. The tour on Saturday was called the Iconic Treasures tour and featured some of Ireland’s most precious metalwork like the Ardagh Chalice, the Shrine of St. Lachtíns Arm and the Tara brooch. With it … Continue reading Iconic Treasures

Georgian architecture doorway

James Joyce Literary trail

On the Saturday morning of the St Patrick’s weekend, we made our way into town to do the James Joyce literary walking tour.  It’s run by the James Joyce centre which is based in a beautiful Georgian house on North Great Georges Street, which is only a five-minute walk from O’Connell Street in Dublin.  The street where the centre is based, North Great Georges Street, … Continue reading James Joyce Literary trail

6 pubs to visit on St Patrick’s Day

The last few years we’ve headed into town early to watch the St Patrick’s Day parade and then met up with some friends and visited a few pubs for drinks.  These are some of our favourite pubs in Dublin City centre.   Hogans Bar Hogans recently was mentioned on a guide to Dublin, we’ve been going here since 2004, it gets a nice crowd and has … Continue reading 6 pubs to visit on St Patrick’s Day

General Post Office Dublin

1916 Rebellion Walking Tour

We recently did the 1916 rebellion walking tour of Dublin city centre.  It is a walking tour based on the history of the Easter rising and encompasses some of the main streets and buildings that were involved in the battles. The tour meeting point is The International Bar on Wicklow Street in Dublin 2,  we did the tour on a Sunday and it started at 1pm and tickets … Continue reading 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour

Patrick Pearse Museum

Pearse Museum

We visited the Padraig Pearse Museum, located in South Dublin. Pearse established a school for boys in 1908, this school was originally based in Ranelagh, but by 1910, Pearse moved the school called St Enda’s to the 18th century Hermitage house in Rathfarnham.  The school encouraged the Irish language and lessons were taught in Irish and English. “Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam. A country without a … Continue reading Pearse Museum