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Neon Art, Three act structure and seriously, Why Go Bald?

Yesterday saw the conclusion of the little Vikings and Scallops self-guided walking tours, on the sister site Dublin Decoded,  a miniature circumnavigation of the Dame Street, Temple bar west area, concluding with the vicious gargoyle cats and continental chic of tiny Palace St (below)



… then winding up admiring the graffiti, sticker art, and the mystery letter box on Dame Lane West, below.


But as you see above, and as all Dubliners know, Dame Street crosses busy Georges Street, and continues as you see above running east.  Across the river of traffic,  on the side of a building, you can just make out above, the glow of neon light.   See it?

This of course, is the legendary Why Go Bald sign, a venerable and iconic piece of Dublin advertising neon, installed many decades ago as an advert by the Universal Hair Company as a sign for their premises within.

By the early decades of this century it had fallen into a sorry state of disrepair, with lights missing and dead.   But the activism of design historian Lisa Godson and others of the 20th Century Trust brought this wonderful piece of neon art back to life.  They found the original plans and drawings i the company who had first made it, Taylor Signs, an old Dublin firm, and Taylor, to their ever lasting credit, agreed to help and remake the missing sections and the necessary repairs.  Today and for the last 15+ years the sign has been returned to its former, lustrous beauty.  Let’s cross Georges St, and have a closer look.


As you stand and admire the Why Go Bald sign, one of the things that strikes you is that is in fact a piece of narrative, with a neat and tidy Three-Act structure that William Shakespeare himself would have been proud of.   Take exhibit-A, above.  Here is our hero, relatively un-illuminated, quietly minding his own business in fact, with a full head of hair.   Little does he know the horror that is awaiting him.


Yes, that white arc of neon line appears, shockingly revealing the bane of men’s middle-life.  Hair Loss.   His left eyebrow seems to raise up, as if in horror and disbelief, as the implications sink in.  But what can he do?   Can he in fact, do anything?

But wait, help is at hand, fro  the good offices of the Universal hair and scalp clinic just within this very building.


In the Third Act,  as seen above, order, and indeed Hair, has been restored.  A full mane of glorious follicles shines out brightly into the evening sky.  Hair has been restored, confidence has been restored and the world is set right again.

And the sign asks loud and bald, i mean bold, that eternal question, Why Go Bald? 

When i first started writing and researching about Dublin’s architecture and design heritage many years ago, a series called Hidden Dublin, for the first issues of local paper Totally Dublin, this is one of the first items I covered, with photography by Con O’Donnoghue and design by James Kelleher.   Ever since, and in common with many other Dubliners, I love this sign.  Its just one of a million objects and details that make Dublin Dublin, just one of million things we need to protect and cherish, a duty that neither we, nor our representatives, (national or municipal) succeed in doing.  hats off to the 20th century Trust, and everyone keeping an eye out for Dublin.  A city that can not protect itself.

I’ll have a look at uploading the original Hidden Dublin article in the next fee days.  In the meanwhile, thanks for reading.  Feel free to subscribe, comment or share.



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Palace Street, Graffiti and drop box mystery post box.

For those who’ve been following the first 3 short legs of our little central Dublin walking tour, here’s the final short section, complete with pictures of Dublin castle gates, the lovely old 18th century Sick and Indigent Room Keepers Home on Palace Street and a quick look at graffiti but also the new, enigmatic sticker movement sweeping the city.  oh and a mysterious orange post box.  Enjoy.    If you’d rather start at the beginning of the walking tour, please hit here instead.

Either way, enjoy..

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criminals in alleyways, graffiti, doorways & mysteries of Crampton Court

the third part of our little walking tour…

with Viking ships and Gothic churches now behind us (Posts 1 & 2)  we peruse Dublin’s graffiti and sticker culture, venture down alleyways, pass walled up doorways, and admire the glazed bricks & mysteries of Crampton Court.

You can find all the third part of the walk here here..

Or.. for those who’d like to start at the beginning, at the start of the first walk, this is the place to begin.

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Do a Dublin fun history tour or art and help Focus Ireland, dates and ideas.

Now you can help beat the bane of homelessness simply by doing a Dublin Decoded city history walk!  We’re donating from 33% to 100% of our proceeds from each walk to Focus Ireland from now until June, so by doing a Dublin Decoded walk you’ll help us raise vital funds for action, shelter and support for the homeless.
There are 2 ways to do it:

1- Choose one of our scheduled walks off the home page,  or 2-  by putting a group together (friends, classmates, colleagues or book club!) and pre-booking your own Dublin Decoded city walk. Either way, you’ll be putting money straight into the hands of Focus Ireland.

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And of course, you can also help out by re-blogging posts or sharing via social media, for example, using the diabolical tweet machine!  We’ve three different walks listed below for your perusal and delight.

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First up First up, approaching fast,  Sunday , March 30thThe Irish in World War I:   This is a special dedicated  fundraiser with fee is €20 p/p and all proceeds going to Focus Ireland. This walk commemorates the tens of thousands of Irish servicemen who fought in Belgium, France and Gallipoli in 1914-18.  100% of the proceeds of this walk go to Focus Ireland.

Meeting place, Campanile, Front Square, Trinity College, Dublin, at 13.55pm, we’ll also visit St Stephen’s Green, St Patrick’s cathedral and Collins barracks.    Booking advisable. dublindecoded@gmail.com with  “WWI walk Sunday March 30th subject header.


Walk – Great Victorians. Sunday 6th of April, John Ruskin, Pugin, Deane and Woodward, O’Shea Brothers, and more:  Venetian Gothic Revival, Romanesque and Pointed Gothic, marble columns, stone carvings and stunning Byzantine wall paintings.  A walk with the Victorians and their extraordinary art, architecture, aesthetic and moral world view.    33% of proceeds to Focus Ireland.  email the same address above with tour title & date in subject header. ie Great Victorians. Sunday 6th of April.

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Or finally you could make up a group, from your school, office, firm, your friends or your book club, and book your own walk to support Focus Ireland.  an Evening Art Tour and workshop discussion.  National Gallery of Ireland.  How to Read a Painting.  This popular tour, taken by nearly a 400 students and visitors so far, subject of rave reviews on Trip Advisor, is now available from as a sociable Thursday evening event with Dublin Decoded.

It’s a whirlwind but fun, thought-provoking and sociable introduction into the conventions of readings the great art of the past.   Discussions include subject mater, themes, recognizing saints, symbols and iconography, (religious symbolism in art)  Pictures include Italian and French Renaissance works;  17th century Italian baroque, and stunning Dutch interiors by Johannes Vermeer and Gabriel Matsu.  See the rave reviews from dozen of overseas visitors and language students for How to Read a Painting at the National Gallery, on Trip Advisor here.

If you can put a group of 6+ people together, send us a mail to dublindecoded@gmail.com with How to Read a Painting,  and the Thursday evening date of your choice in the subject header line. We’ll give half the proceeds to Focus Ireland.

Further and General information:   Tours for pre-booked groups for other walks can be reserved anytime and dates are flexible.    Just drop us a line at the address above as always please put the name of your preferred tour/tours and your preferred date in subject header.  For pre-booked groups you can choose fro any of the seven tours on our tour menu, (the Dublin Decoded home page)

To keep an eye out for future walks: use our Facebook page for updates; (hit the “Like” button the top right of page to receive updates on these three walks and for news on future walks).

Thank you for reading.   If you wish to help us help Focus Ireland, you can share this or any other walk, article or event from Dublin Decoded/Arran Henderson, using the social media buttons at the foot of each post.   We look forward to welcoming you on tour some time.



Great Victorians, Dublin walking tour.

Great Victorians, our new Dublin Decoded walking tour, is now open for bookings via email. (see blow)  Our theme is Great Victorians.  On this tour we explore the rich legacy of beautiful, often spectacular buildings, with their applied arts, architectural detail and decor, all from the second half of the 19th century, the Victorian era.

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We’ll also look at the extraordinary influence, hard to credit today, that Victorian critic, writer and thinker John Ruskin exerted on 19th century British and Irish architects and designers.

The tour includes art and applied work in shimmering ceramic, columns of richly coloured marble, virtuoso carved stone sculpture, and stunning paintings in a neo-Byzanitine style by a neglected 19th century genius, and much more.   We’ll be looking in fact at the exterior of 3 or 4 and the interior of at least 2, of simply the best buildings and the best decorative and applied art every executed in Ireland

But we’ll also seek to place that work in context.   Because throughout the tour we’ll “decode”, as we always do,  setting aspects of architecture and design into the context of the Ireland and Dublin of the time, and within the distinctive mindset of the Victorian era generally-  political, religious, artistic and intellectual, drawing connections between history and culture and art,  to see how such  culture manifested itself in the built and made visual culture of that extraordinary time.


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Our next Victorians tour is scheduled for the mid summer 2014 but this tour and most of our tour menu always availbable, is always available  by reservation for pre-booked groups.    Simply send an email to  dublinddecoded@gmail.com   with the tour title in email; or in your subject header, (ie Victorians tour)  and say if you have any date preferences or restrictions, plus how many people for.   Thank you.


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We look forward to welcoming you on tour.    If you wish to alert a friend, details of this tour can be shared via the social media buttons below.   If you can’t make this tour but would to stay informed of future tours, the best method is to like and follow the Dublin Decoded Facebook page.  We run 2-5 tours per month and always announce them there.   Descriptions of our full menu of tours (7 in total)  can be found on our website Dublin Decoded (dot com)

Please note we do not communicate directly off via this website so to reserve any tour off that menu, or make inquiries, just send an email to dublindecoded@gmail.com                 When possible, remember to put name of your tour in the email and/or subject header.  Thank you.

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Saturday 22nd March: North by North West, a walking & talking tour of Dublin, 18th century to medievel, history, architecture, revolution & social history.

North by North West, is the newest of Dublin Decoded’s walking & talking tour of Dublin city centre.   As always with Dublin Decoded, we’ll look at and discuss the rich, varied; often surprising historic past, and explore how aspects of that past shape our present and our city today.  There is an upcoming date on Saturday afternoon, 22nd of March, which is now open for booking.   Depending how other things pan out, approx 6-7 places remain, so get in touch soon if you’d like to join us.

This tour starts in the historic centre of Dublin, near college Green and Dublin Castle, with a orientation and discussion of how topography, religious institutions before the the Reformation, and 17th and 18th century patterns of building and planning laws, speculation and development, all influence the city we know today.

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The tour then winds, as the name suggests, in a North-west direction.

The Dublin Decoded philosophy:  Dublin Decoded tours tend to be pretty sociable.  We don’t lecture you.  Rather we guide discussion, inviting you to observe, discuss and engage.  On this tour we’ll see an historic courthouse, some beautiful Victorian terracotta decor, & discover other hidden treasures, a buried medieval Abbey; Dublin’s grandest and finest 18th Century residential street,  a covered over & forgotten harbour, and the last great Dublin building ‘to partake of the sublime”.

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The next scheduled tour takes place on the afternoon of Saturday 22nd of March.  It lasts between 2.5 and 3 hours, and costs €15 per person.  All are welcome but places must be booked in advance, via an email to dublindecoded@gmail.com

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The above date is open to all.  It’s also often possible to arrange special, separate bespoke private tours for pre-booked groups, via the same email, for this walk or any of our other 6 tours.

A similar description of the above tour,  can be seen here, at North by North West.

Keeping an eye out for future Dublin decoded tours?   An overview of all our tours (seven in total)  can be seen on the home page of our website dublindecoded.com.   Just press on the individual tiles/icons,  to enter each tour description.

If you don’t see a date, feel free to suggest one.  Just remember all tours- both week days and weekends- are always afternoons, and also that we don’t communicate through the website, so booking reservations, and/or specific inquiries all made via email to:    dublindecoded@gmail.com           When getting in contact, please don’t forget to say which tour or tours you mean, the number of people, where you’re coming from, and your preferred dates.

If you can’t make any of the current scheduled tours, don’t feel up to organising a group either, but you’d still like to keep an eye out for future scheduled walks & events, the best trick is to subscribe or follow the Dublin Decoded Facebook page,  where each of the upcoming  tours are announced at least twice.  We some times run competitions there with free tour tickets as prizes. Obviously shares (not “Likes”) off this page across Facebook, about our tours, are greatly appreciated.  Do that a few times and we are quite likely to just send you some complimentary tickets!

Oh, as for testimonials, some of the happy customers, in this case from our much-loved How to Read a Painting Tour, reviews here, on a certain well-known Travel Advisory website. Drop us a line sometime.  We look forward to welcoming you along sometime.  Obviously,  if you’re interested in or trying to organise a group, feel free to share this page here via social media buttons below, same if you have friends who may be interested, or just if you feel like helping us out.  Many thanks.

special Evening-time Tour of National Gallery, Dublin, Thursday evening 27th march.

Special Evening-time Tours of National Gallery,  Thursday evenings each month-  the  How to Read a Painting tour,  a discussion workshop that works as a fun introduction to reading subjects and symbols in art.    Read more below,  or see the rave reviews on the Trip Advisor website – (just look for “Dublin Decoded” in the search bar.)

  The next How to Read a Painting Tour takes place Thursday evening 27th March 2014.   €15 p/p.  All welcome but places must be booked, via email to dublindecoded@gmail.com.  Please put “Nat Gal March 27th evening Tour” in the subject bar, and say how many people you are booking for.


This popular workshop – How to Read a Painting-  aims to make the things trained art historians think about, accessible and user-friendly to all.  The tour and tour features lively discussion and explores symbolism and iconography, looks at both religious iconography and secular symbolism and explores in general how artists create meaning in art, using not just tokens and symbols but also everything from light to landscape, from gesture to perspective.

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Open to all but Booking essential, via email,  to dublindecoded@gmail.com   (Clear subject header much appreciated)    Approximately 10-14 places available each tour.

See Dublin Decoded site or the Dublin Decoded Facebook page for up-coming dates as they are announced.

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Afternoon tours also scheduled: Tuesday 18th March and on Tuesday 15th of April)  running at earlier time of 2.10-4.45pm, €15p/p.

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Our blog Dublin Decoded Tours  has details of this tour & all our tours in general description.     But if you would like notice of individual tour  dates for all future History, Art, Architecture, and sociable walking tours of Dublin, these are announced a couple of times each month, on the Dublin Decoded Facebook page.


Propaganda & Recruitment. WWI Posters.

First World War recruitment pictures.  From an exhibition last year at the National Museum at Collins Barracks, Dublin.   All of these posters (bar one, aimed at Irish exiles in the North of England) were used around Ireland during the First World War to drive recruitment.  To mark the approach of the onset of World War I and raise funds for Focus Ireland,  we’re doing a WWI walk 30th March. Meet point is the Campanile in Front Square, Trinity College, at 1.45 pm tomorrow 30th March.   Suggested contribution €15, all proceeds go to Focus Ireland.  Join us there.  Right, back to 1914-18!  Although Ireland this period was of course still a part of the UK, for very specific political reasons, unlike England, Scotland and Wales, it did not have conscription imposed on it.  Hence the need to recruit, and these posters of course.  Despite that lack of compulsion, for all sorts of complex and varied reasons, many many tens of thousands of Irish men were prepared to, indeed did volunteer and serve.  These images sought to encourage that “impulse”.

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00,000 went in the end, dwarfing the numbers who fought, for example in the Easter Rising 1916 or even the Irish War of Independence.   



as you see from the two examples above, some posters sought – through colour, and various emblems and devices- to emphasize the “Irishness” of the individual men, and the regiments,  fighting in Northern France, Flanders, Gallipoli and elsewhere at that awful time.

I have no inside information on this, but we could hazard a guess that these particular type of posters were considered safer and less contentious in those areas of Ireland where people were pretty sick of the English.  A vast majority, around 80% – of Irish people wanted Home Rule at this stage.   (Many had been voting for it and campaigning for it for generations)


Another category of poster (above) acknowledged (even celebrated, albeit in highly simplistic terms)  the distinctive traditions of the disperate parts of Ireland, England, Scotland & Wales.  But at the same time it also sought to emphasize the essential unity and “togetherness” of the parts, standing shoulder to shoulder of course, putting aside “minor” differences,  in order to concentrate on the real business in hand-   fighting the beastly Hun.    This poster above therefore, may have “played” better in (mostly) staunch Belfast, rather than, say, West Cork and Kerry, which were (in general) far more Nationalist in outlook.


Another category of poster (as I see it)  simply sought to appeal to the manly virtue of the reader.  It more or less says:  “Go on, have an adventure; there’s a great scrap on;  don’t be a bloody whimp”  (are you a man or a mouse?  etc…   )    Given our much changed culture and also what we know now about the carnage and horrors of WWI, this might seem daft.  But one should not underestimate the changes in culture and mindset wrought by the last 90 years.  Men, and especially young men, were indeed bred, educated and primed for tremendous risk-taking, sacrifice and the rest.   – Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori…  and all that.

This other poster, just below,  plays on much the same emotions…



Regiments, units and battalions were of course organized and recruited on a regional basis.  I was interested to see this map-poster, above, clearly showing the boundaries for army/regimental purposes in Ireland. The name of nearly all these regiments are still remembered.   Let’s jus take one, albeit very distinguished example,  Anyone who read my post on the Anglican church of Saint Nicholas Of Myra, in Galway, will know its the regimental chapel of the Connaught Rangers.  They fought from Napoleonic times until after WWI.  Just checking their Battle honours even on Wikipedia maks it clear just how integral Irish officers and men were to the British army and (by extension) to British power and British colonialism.  Among others, these battle honours include soldiering in the Peninsula campaign (in Spain, against Napoleon) in Egypt, South America, the Battle of Toulouse, the Indian Mutiny, the Zulu War, aand the first Boer War. A few small detachments were sent to Crimea, where individual troopers may have participated in the Charge of the Light Brigade.

I also see that when they were in Africa some went on the Gordon Relief Expedition, (on camels apparently)   As we know they arrived too late to save poor Gordon.  I also see they also took part in the Dongola Expeditionary Force, as part of Lord Kitchener’s reconquest of the Sudan. Obviously,  later, they fought in that mother of all wars, WWI.                                          Anything for a quiet life, eh?


We mentioned at the head of this piece that all of the posters were plastered around Ireland,bar one.  Here above is the exception.   As you see it is from Tyneside, in other words from Newcastle in the north of England.  I don’t pretend to be an expert but I see that the Tyneside Irish were an infantry brigade raised along the lines of the “Pals Battalions” – in other words from among closely connected communities.   In this case it was from the men in the Newcastle area of Irish extraction.  (there would have been many thousands of Irish origin or Irish extraction, and of course the same story in London, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow and so on)   This particular regiment was all but wiped out, many, many hundreds of them, as part of that epic tragedy known as the Battle of the Somme. (July-November, 1916)   It lost so many men the regiment was effectively disbanded.  One can imagine what this loss did for the Newcastle-Irish community.(or ratherof course, one can not imagine )  Naturally the same obliteration was happening to hundreds of other regiments across the army, of other Pals regiments, other communities, from all regions and nationalities, English, Irish, Welsh and Scots.   The British army, which had originally used the Pals Regiments as a very successful recruitment ploy, abandoned it when it became clear that some communities had lost nearly all their men.

Heard enough?    Okay, here are just two more for you.


Look at this little exhibit above.   Bear in mind that 80% of Irish people were pretty sick of British rule in Ireland, a big majority wanted Home Rule at the very least, and there was a radical but significant minority who demanded nothing less than a full, seperate, independent Irish Republic.     In such an atmosphere, appeals to a hearty “Let’s all be British-together” type-spirit were unlikely to go down well.   And the army knew it.  But they also knew the majority of Irish people were devout Catholics.   So, what better than a picture of Catholic church or cathedral in Catholic Flanders, “desecrated” by the filthy Godless Hun?    There were also plenty of lurid reports in the newspapers,  about the hun raping Belgian and French nuns.  Also-  (I seem to recall form school history)  news reports of them impaling people on their bayonets (orphans, kittens and puppies as well probably) to go along with this sort of poster.   This sort of propaganda very often had the desired effect.  It drove recruitment.   Most of it was nonsense.  Or lies in fact.  However, the Germans did, definitively, commit atrocities in Belgium and France, including shooting unarmed civilians.

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So many soldiers were killed that the army had to keep up their recruiting drive.  Most British people still belived in the War, although they were weary and sick of it, and sickened by the loses.  There was more skepticism in Ireland, which was naturally more distinct, and more politicised, even radically politicised, than other parts of the British Isles.   But there was another factor, tragically, that kept Irishmen volunteering, and that was simple economic necessity.  Ireland was far less industrially developed than other parts of the British Isles.  (Partly, it has to be said, as a result of English trade laws imposed in the 17th and 18th century)  Fighting could mean you died in a cold, muddy field, trapped on some barbed wire while the germans shot you to pieces with their machine guns.  But at least it was a job, with room and board….

Nonetheless, there was a huge amount of skepticism about the war effort, and who it would ultimately benefit.   The more radical strain of Irish nationalists, in particular, worked hard to dissuade men from joining up.   The clumsy, brutal and inept British response to the 1916 Dublin Easter Rising, (executing all the signatories of the declaration of Independence and several others, bombarding the city centre with heavy artillery, and the murder of the unarmed pacifist Sheehy-Skeffington, by a mad army captain)  all played right into the hands of more extreme “physical force” Nationalists..  Ireland saw the war of Independence a year or so after WWI.   Ireland (or 26 counties of it) shook free of Britain, gaining de facto independence, barely 3 years after the tragic global events of 1914-18.

Here is our last poster below.   Or rather,  here are two posters, nearly the same.    Play spot-the-difference.  As you’ll see,  the one on the right was doctored at the time,  to make a political point.   I’m not sure i agree with the people who doctored it.  The First World War was an immense tragedy o sacrifice and horor, but it was not a waste in the sense of being “meaningless, or “futile or “all for nothing”  Maybe it was a war worth fighting after all.  But then again,  I don’t know.  It’s all extremely complicated, to say the least.  But I hope you found this post of interest. Feel free to leave a comment.   Alternatively, there’s a World War One Walk, tomorrow, Sunday 30th March 2014, to raise money for the homeless charity Focus Ireland.  Meet point  the Campanile in Front Square Trinity College, at 13.45 (1.45 pm)   Suggested contribution €15, all proceeds go to Focus Ireland.  Join us there.

Copy-write Note:  all the above posters and images are from, and courtesy of,  the Irish army Museum at Collins Barracks, (the National Museum) in Dublin.  They may not be further reproduced or used in any commercial manner without prior written consent from that body. 

There is a further series of related images (WWI  recruitment posters) to be seen on the excellent Trinity library website, just follow this link.

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New self-guided tour, walking route, Scallops and Vikings.

As regular readers know I’ve starting offering occasional walking tours of Dublin’s art, architecture and history the last few months.  (details and a menu of tours can be found on the home page of Dublin Decoded, (just press on a tile/icon there to see details of individual Dublin walks and tours).

But for those who don’t feel the need of a guide, (and why would you!) here as a present,  is a small new self-guided tour, historic walking route in Dublin, around Dame St, and the quieter, western end of the Temple Bar area,   The tour, called called Scallops and Vikings,  is in two pieces so far.   The second leg of the walk is there too, and of course it can be linked to from the first.  One more final section to follow in a couple of days, but plenty of Dublin details to get your teeth into there already.


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Propaganda & Recruitment. WWI Posters.

Originally posted on Arran Q Henderson:

First World War recruitment pictures.  From an exhibition last year at the National Museum at Collins Barracks, Dublin.   All of these posters (bar one, aimed at Irish exiles in the North of England) were used around Ireland during the First World War to drive recruitment.  To mark the approach of the onset of World War I and raise funds for Focus Ireland,  we’re doing a WWI walk 30th March. Meet point is the Campanile in Front Square, Trinity College, at 1.45 pm tomorrow 30th March.   Suggested contribution €15, all proceeds go to Focus Ireland.  Join us there.  Right, back to 1914-18!  Although Ireland this period was of course still a part of the UK, for very specific political reasons, unlike England, Scotland and Wales, it did not have conscription imposed on it.  Hence the need to recruit, and these posters of course.  Despite that lack of compulsion, for all sorts of…

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Dublin Decoded in Financial Times, Irish Indo, & Dublin City radio: 2 walks for Focus Ireland

We are in the media.  or the meeja, as Irish politicians like to call it.

It was very exciting for Dublin Decoded to get a mention recently in the excellent Simon Kuper piece in the weekend magazine of the Financial Times! on Saint Patrick’s day weekend.  We believe we’re also getting a snippet in the Irish Independent this Saturday, (just in time for this Sunday’s WWI walk, see below)

Following the success of our North by North West walk last weekend, despite some inclement weather, the North by North West walk was a huge success, and with two more walks fast approaching, with much of the money going to Focus Ireland, its nice to get a mention.

this Friday we’re contributing to the Dublin Explorer programme, talking about Victorian buildings around Trinity College with the excellent Denis Goodbody, 9 days prior to our Great Victorians walking tour,  Sunday 6th of April.  For anyone who’d like to tune into Denis’ show and hear this writer attempt to explain the magnificence and genius of Deane and Woodward and others, it’s at 3.30 pm this Friday 28th March, on Dublin city FM 103.2 FM.    The Victorians walk itself takes place on Sunday 6th of April, meeting 13.55.  We  meet 13.55 (1.55 pm) by the Campanile of Front Square in Trinity College, Sunday 6th April.   €15 p/p.  Everyone is welcome but booking is both advisable and much appreciated.  please email dublindecoded@gmail.com  with the words “Victorians Sunday 6 April” in the subject header.  One third of proceeds go to Focus Ireland.

But there’s another walk before then.  Our First World War Walk takes place very soon:  this coming Sunday, 30th March.  Meet point and time are the same, only the date and route is different 13.55 (1.55 pm) at the Campanile of Front Square in Trinity College, Sunday 30th March. Again, everyone is welcome but advisable and much appreciated.  please email dublindecoded@gmail.com  with “WWI walk Sunday 30th March” in the subject header.  Fee @15 or €20 optional if you wish to donate more, as all the proceeds of this walk go to Focus Ireland   So please join us if you can.  You can also help by sharing this piece,  using the social meeja buttons below.

Finally, if anyone’s feeling crazy, impulsive and popular, and you can organise your own group of friends, colleagues or book club to do your own pre-booked group Dublin Decoded tour.   You can choose any of the 7 options off the tour menu at Dublin Decoded, get in touch with date and numbers,  and we’ll accommodate you and give 50% of the proceeds to Focus Ireland.   How about that?   Tour options and contact details are all over the Dublin Decoded site.



Brendan Behan – Jonesborough Ambush – John Mitchel


Conor’s daily Today in Irish History blog, an excellent resource, pithy and informative all at once.

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1875: Death of Irish Nationalist John Mitchel

John MItchel - Irish Nationalist

Mitchel wrote for The Nation and was founder of The United Irishman newspaper which openly preached rebellion against England returns to Ireland. Convicted of treason in 1848, Mitchel was sentenced to fourteen years transportation in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania.) In 1853, he escaped to America, where he published his Jail Journal.

While in America, he was editor of the Richmond Examiner and was a strong advocate of Confederate rights. He was imprisoned for several months after the Civil War ended. His return to Ireland, evoked huge enthusiasm amongst an Irish population devastated by the Famine and emigration.


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