I nearly called this post “Before the Roads”. That’s because road widening schemes have been one of the biggest enemies of old Dublin. Literally hundreds, thousands, of old historic houses have been pulled down to allow for the huge road schemes. Of nowhere is that loss more acute, more extensive, or sadder than the very… Read More Tour old Dublin – High Street, Christ Church, Wine Tavern & the Irish House.
Wednesday 18th of November, 2.10pm, sees our last public walking tour of the 2015 Dublin Decoded season. It’s a really good one, featuring an one-hour sociable walk of the historic Liberties full of detail and social history, followed by a rare chance to visit the stunning Worth Library- perhaps the most interesting collection of… Read More last Liberties & Library walk: Wed 18th of November, 2.10pm.
In a series of three seperate earlier posts, we’ve looked at the history of Dublin’s cathedral of Saint Patrick’s, from the early Christaina era, in one post, to the Viking ear in another, and finally to the Anglo-Normans, and “the story of the two cathedrals”. It’s all a long, immense, complex web of religious and… Read More Saint Patrick’s History, 4: Richard Boyle, earl of Cork, power, politics and intrigue in Elizabethan & Stuart Ireland.