Saturday 9th September, meeting Kildare Place, 1.30pm. Southeast Centre Gems: from Kildare Place then via a circuitous walk to No. 6 Harcourt Street. The first two-thirds of this walking tour cover some of my favourite gems and oddities in the south-east quarter of Dublin’s South Georgian Core. Forgotten educational history, and Soviet-style social realism on… Read More South-East Central historic walking tour, & visit No 6 Harcourt St old Sinn Féin HQ
Fancy an amble through the leafy area of Dublin 4, from the RDS, over the Dodder at Ballsbridge and onward to the banks of the Grand Canal? In February 1916, myself and the writer and historian Hugh Oram designed a walking route through this area of Dublin 4. The aim was to commemorate the… Read More 1916 in Ballsbridge & free self-guided walk around D4, by Dublin Decoded.
A History of the Easter Rising in 50 Objects. By John Gibney historian. Some if not most readers may be familiar with Ireland in 100 Objects, a wide ranging history-through artifact book helmed by Fintan O’Tooole. Here in A History of the Easter Rising in 50 Objects, historian John Gibney (who I know, formerly… Read More A History of the Easter Rising in 50 Objects. By John Gibney historian.
The Irish in the First World War, World War I in Ireland Incident and pain, commemoration and controversy. – Dublin in World War I. Every year from 2014-2018 is a First World War centenary year. But times are changing. Now after 100 years we in Ireland, perhaps for the first time properly remember and… Read More The Irish in the First World War, the World War I in Ireland
Reviewed over the next few weeks, books, for you or the History lover in your life. #1 Review #1: The First World War. by Hew Strachan: It will not have escaped your notice in these centenary years of 1914-18, that WWI books are everywhere. Many are readable and interesting, some are excellent. Even in that… Read More The First World War: Hew Strachan.
The nonsense some people talk (with great confidence) about World War One. It was all futile, the troops were lions led by donkeys, the generals were incompetent and it was all for nothing. Really? Myths dispelled and some WWI factual television, lightly reviewed. If you can see 3 columns of text, you may be on… Read More Lies, Myths (and television) about the First World War.
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… Read More Propaganda & Recruitment. WWI Posters.