Please note that due to demand our our second and final tour date is now also booked out, sorry! We do however strongly recommend people visit the Creating History exhibition at the NGI which closes January 15th (2017) Admission is free. All details on the NGI website Creating History is a superb exhibition and is the… Read More Creating History – our second tour now also booked out, sorry!
Meeting 2.15PM, outside front door Hugh Lane Gallery, (Dublin Municipal Gal) Parnell Square. Tickets should ideally be booked in advance please: here. Grangegorman has been well described as the “Forgotten” quarter of Dublin. Now that’s all set to change. With huge, city shaping transformations afoot, this is a timely moment to explore, discover and discuss… Read More Hugh Lane to Grangegorman, History & Architecture Walk- 2.15pm Tues 30th Aug.
I received an email today from an academic, currently working with the OPW in Dublin Castle, but whose special area of interest and expertise is Irish cultural nationalism and the United Irishmen. The lecture, details below, is at a slightly awkward time perhaps, but on the other hand, this looks like it might be fascinating… Read More a lecture in Dublin Castle, political and visual culture
“Georgian West” a history & architecture walking tour of West-central Dublin, this Wednesday afternoon, 19th August. 2.10pm, with Arran Henderson from Dublin Decoded tours. See below for tour content, and how to join in. Now in the week ahead we turn our eyes West, to the other end of the city centre, as Dublin Decoded… Read More Georgian West, an open walking tour, this Wed 19th August., 2.10pm
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.
Background to the Irish in WWI, and thoughts on Irish servicemen in the First World War. – Forgotten heroes and the truth that does not speak its name. In August and September 1914, John Redmond, leader of the Irish Party and its MPs at Westminster, made speeches, notably at Woodenbridge in County Wicklow and at… Read More The Irish in World War One – Forgotten heroes.
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… Read More North by North West, a walking & talking tour of Dublin, 18th century to medievel, history, architecture, revolution & social history.
The story of The Two cathedrals, Background. There are two bits of background we have to know to understand the twist. First of all, in 1163, the Irish archbishop of Dublin Laurence O’Toole made Christ Church cathedral a Priory Order. This essentially meant Christ Church became a sort of Abbey or Monastery, ruled by Augustan… Read More Story of Saint Patrick Cathedral, Part 3: Anglo-Normans, and the story of the 2 cathedrals.
As an addendum to that last post on the old Library and scrumptious Long Room of Trinity College: a quick respectful nod today, to these lovely sculptural Busts that line the Long Room. Oh, these photos are my own, so if you “borrow” them, no problem for non-commercial purposes but please provide a photo credit, and a… Read More The Pantheon in the Library- the Sculpture Busts of Long Room Trinity College, Dublin