Three Castles Burning is a social history podcast, dedicated to the story of the Irish capital. Dublin is a city of many stories, Three Castles Burning tells some of the more forgotten ones.
United's Irishman: Billy Behan and the Beautiful Game
Billy Behan came from a family steeped in Dublin's footballing tradition. He went on to become chief scout for Manchester United in Ireland, spotting all from Liam Whelan to Paul McGrath. Over several decades, players he found went on to international acclaim.
The Dublin Metropolitan Police
From the 1830s until 1925, the Dublin Metropolitan Police patrolled the streets of Dublin. From rampaging bulls to political radicals, they were ever-busy. Surprising traces of them remain in Dublin today.
Towards A Healthier City: Parke Neville's Dublin
Parke Neville was a surveyor and engineer. He transformed Dublin in ways we still see today - the Fruit and Vegetable Market was his idea and design, the Vartry water scheme was his crowning achievement and he even paved our streets. Curiously forgotten now, he remains one of Dublin's greatest servants.
Strumpet City, Synge Street and Socialism: James Plunkett
The writer James Plunkett gave us one of the all-time Dublin classics in Strumpet City. He idealised Big Jim Larkin, seeing in him a living representation of a heroic time in the city in which his own father had played a part. Condemned from pulpit and defended by Behan, this is the story of James Plunkett.
From Nassau Street to the Pagan O'Leary: Dublin and Saint Patrick
There are curious traces of Patrick - and his legacy - around Dublin today. A mural painted during the Irish cultural revival in City Hall positions him amidst nationalist struggle, while a well hidden below Trinity College claims strong connections. How much of Saint Patrick - and our idea of him - is imported from the United States?
Poetry, Protests and Pranksters: The O'Connell Bridge
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The O'Connell Bridge has a surprising history - from James Gandon to Father Pat Noise. It has long been a place of protest and a place of commerce. This podcast explores the bridge and its many characters.
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I don’t even know how I got here: I just suddenly had a tab open with this podcast in it. Maybe someone on twitter recommended it. Anyway I haven’t been to Dublin in almost 20 years but I absolutely love this podcast. Do yourself a favour.
This is one of the most interesting podcasts I’ve discovered in years. The historian presents brilliantly. Clear, concise and articulate, his depth of local knowledge about 20th Century Dublin City and it’s art, culture, customs, monuments, taverns, architecture and pastimes is unsurpassed in the media landscape today. Tremendous way to pass a half hour. For students of the city, this is a must. 👍
My father sent me a link and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed learning some new facts about the city where I was born and bred. Listening on the commute in Perth, Western Australia. Thanks Donal.