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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.

Three Castles Burning Donal Fallon

    • History
    • 4.8 • 514 Ratings

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.

    The Battle of Tallaght: 'Yankee Fenians' and 1867

    The Battle of Tallaght: 'Yankee Fenians' and 1867

    To the Dublin press, the American Civil War veterans in Dublin cut an unusual shape. These ‘Yankee’ characters looked different, but they also behaved differently. Under the direction of Captain Thomas J. Kelly, these men would be centrally important to the Fenian uprising of 1867. While history remembers this as a skirmish on a hill in Tallaght, much more happened in March 1867 than that.

    • 40 min
    'Then Mount Jerome for the Protestants.'

    'Then Mount Jerome for the Protestants.'

    The story of Mount Jerome Cemetery is the story of Victorian Dublin. There, many of the great innovaters of the city are at rest. If Glasnevin brings to mind the Irish revolution, Mount Jerome instead makes us think of the nineteenth century. Still, there is great diversity in who is (and isn't) buied there. This is a story that touches on everyone from Charles Stewart Parnell to the so-called 'General.'
    Thanks to Patrons of the podcast whose support made this research possible.

    • 45 min
    The Divine Mission of Discontent (Jim Larkin Part II)

    The Divine Mission of Discontent (Jim Larkin Part II)

    The labour leader Jim Larkin was international news when he departed Ireland in 1914. In America, Larkin would cross paths with the FBI founder J. Edgar Hoover, landing in prison for 'Criminal Anarchy'. What did all of this mean back in Dublin? My guest is Ronan Burtenshaw, author of a recent piece on Larkin for Jacobin magazine: https://jacobin.com/2024/01/jim-larkin-ireland-labor-150

    • 45 min
    The Rising of the Moon (Jim Larkin Part I)

    The Rising of the Moon (Jim Larkin Part I)

    This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Jim Larkin. In this two-part special, Ronan Burtenshaw (author of a recent piece exploring Larkin for Jacobin magazine) joins me to discuss this important and divisive revolutionary figure. Larkin in Dublin means 1913, but where did he come from? This story brings us from Liverpool Cathedral to the streets of West Belfast.
    Ronan's piece: https://jacobin.com/2024/01/jim-larkin-ireland-labor-150) 

    • 34 min
    Before Mosley: The British Fascisti in Dublin

    Before Mosley: The British Fascisti in Dublin

    Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc is no stranger to this podcast. While his latest book explores 'The Disappeared' (launching this month from Merrion Press), he has also been undertaking a study of the far-right in Ireland historically. Moving beyond the familiar, like the Army Comrades Association ('the Blueshirts'), Pádraig's study begins with some more overlooked groups. Even before Oswald Mosley, the British Fascisti were a force with surprising connections to Dublin, and an active branch in the city.

    • 41 min
    Flying Fists and Union Jacks

    Flying Fists and Union Jacks

    SEASON 3!
    A recent television debate on the Irish language in schools reminded me of a curious story from history. The Language Freedom Movement touches on many widely known figures in 1960s Ireland, including John B. Keane and the broadcaster Gay Byrne. In the Mansion House, a meeting descended into chaos.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
514 Ratings

514 Ratings

Pat Sweetman ,

Brilliant

This podcast is beyond brilliant about my city. It kept me going through the pandemic. The subject matter and stories wildly varies which make it such an excellent podcast. Donal Fallon has written a few books too which are fascinating. Keep up the great work Donal

DHibMet ,

Dublin Stories

Love Three Castles Burning! Has a nice balance between historical fact and interesting story. Fair play

Briangcahill ,

Great listen

Excellent podcast, great listen. Any chance of doing an episode on the old Racetracks of Dublin like Baldoyle/Phoenix Park?

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