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.
Dublin since the 1970s (with Joseph Brady)
Joseph Brady is a geographer with a special interest in the changing landscape of the city and county of Dublin. A discussion on Dublin since the 1970s brings us through things like smog, the stinking Liffey, the quays and the changing docklands. Some change was good, some wasn't, and some remains on the table.
Brady's new study Dublin from 1970 to 1990: The City Transformed is available now.
Thomas Kinsella from The Ranch
Thomas Kinsella from The Ranch was one of Ireland's great poets, but Dublin - and working class Dublin especially - was at the very heart of his work. This podcast explores what we might call Thomas Kinsella's Dublin, from his home on the border of Inchicore and Ballyfermot to Wood Quay.
The Playboy Riots
"In writing The Playboy of the Western World, as in my other plays, I have used one or two words only that I have not heard among the country people of Ireland, or spoken in my own nursery before I could read the newspapers."
Why did Synge's masterpiece cause such trouble in the Dublin of 1907, and was it really a 'riot' or something else?
The Calm Before The Storm
The story of 24 April 1916 is well told. What about the day before?
In Dublin, the eve of an insurrection was a strange day of rumour, horse racing tips and - in Phibsborough - a kidnap saga.
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Doggerel for a Departed Dublin
This edition of the podcast explores some of the poetry of the late Vincent Caprani. A proud Italo-Irish Dub, Caprani wrote some excellent and memorable poems about the city and its people. He died last October. Contains bad language, but plenty of soul.
Alderman Tom Kelly and The Tenters (with Cathy Scuffil)
Alderman Tom Kelly is one of Dublin's great forgotten heroes. A Councillor who championed housing (even before the houses of the city were collapsing in 1913) he came from Dublin's tenements and insisted on the need to replace them with good quality housing. Part of his legacy is The Tenters, a series of streets in Dublin 8.
Cathy Scuffil is a Historian in Residence to Dublin City Council and an authority on Dublin 8.
Sure miss the streets of Dublin. Fantastic information.
Love this show
I thoroughly Enjoy the variety and quality of the subjects. With every listen I feel that I am walking the streets of Dublin.