Many thanks to the friend who sent us this extraordinary re-discovered film footage of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) visiting Ireland back in 1900, that Queen’s last-ever visit to this country. As a recent article on the British Heritage Travel website makes clear, the Museum of Modern Art, or MoMA, says that “in 1939, it received “a… Read More a long lost film, and our Victorian architecture walking tour.
For those who missed it a few weeks back, one last reminder of a second chance to catch our amazing Grangegorman tour, tomorrow Wed 07 June. It starts 2.15 pm, which won’t suit everyone of course. But if you can get free, make every effort to get to buy a ticket (link below) and somehow… Read More dash to catch our Grangegorman walk tomorrow Wed 07 June.
Once again this year I’m delighted and honoured to be leading a number of summer city walking tours for the venerable Irish Georgian Society. When are they? First walk each runs on the first Wednesday afternoon of June, then the first Wednesday of July, then finally of August. All are on a Wednesday, the first… Read More summer Wednesday walks for Irish Georgian Society
Grangegorman has been well described as the “Forgotten” quarter of Dublin, perhaps unsurprising given the often grim history of workhouses, asylums and fever hospitals that cover -and historically define- this area. Accordingly it’s a district many of us barely know. That’s all set to change with huge, city-shaping transformations afoot, massive new infrastructure, new transport… Read More Hugh Lane Gal to Grangegorman historic walking tour Sat 13 May, 11.30am.
A vast amount and variety of events take place in Dublin this year to commemorate the Easter Rising of 1916. Most historical walking tours naturally focus on the GPO building O’Connell Street and it’s area. As every Irish schoolchild knows, the GPO was occupied by the key battalion of Easter Rebels including Pearse, Clarke and… Read More Easter Rebellion 1916 in Dublin 4 | a Dublin Decoded walking tour
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… Read More Palace Street, Graffiti and drop box mystery post box.
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… Read More Dublin Decoded in Financial Times, Irish Indo, & Dublin City radio: 2 walks for Focus Ireland
One of those magic evenings. after a warm sunny day, where even after dark, the heat from the vanished sunstill radiates out of the granite blocks of Dun Laoghaire’s East pier. In fact ‘feeling so light-headed, that in an all time first for this blog, I’ve inserted some music. Ralph Vaughan Williams, beautiful music but… Read More Rock stars.
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.… Read More Great Victorians, Dublin walking tour.
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.