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.
Factory Girls: The Working Lives of Dublin Women
Please forgive sound as I'm away from - and between - homes. Recorded from deepest East Berlin.
I have long been interested in the factory buildings that dot Dublin - Art Deco gems like Kodak and Player Wills especially - but who worked in them? And what should be done with them?
A School For Young Radicals
St Enda's - Scoil Eanna - was a radical new approach to education. With a strong emphasis on art and nature, as well as a keen internationalism in its approach, the school was a key part of the cultural revival in early twentieth century Dublin.
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"Long Live the Rolling Stones!"- Dublin,1965
In 1965, The Rolling Stones toured Ireland twice. On both occasions, they packed them in to Dublin's Adelphi. They were stars in January but superstars by September. Recorded this one at the weekend as a tribute to Charlie Watts,RIP.
A Rush and a Push and the Land Is Ours
Jane Wilde - Speranza - was a nationalist, a champion of the rights of women, a poet and a Dublin socialite. In her lifetime her son Oscar achieved international fame, and her husband infamy at home. She also inspired the title of a Smiths song, and deserves a Dublin memorial
Fig Rolls, Charles Haughey and the Road to IMMA
The Irish Museum of Modern Art is celebrating thirty years in 2021. One of Ireland's finest and most engaging cultural centres, the story of how it came into being is sometimes surprising. This is the story of Gordon Lambert, Charles J. Haughey, and generations of modern artists from Mainie Jellett to Robert Ballagh.
The Great Escapes: George Gilmore, Mountjoy and Dundrum
In November 1925, 19 men were sprung from Mountjoy by George Gilmore, a young maverick Republican. A few short months later, he carried out an even more impressive action - breaking the famous Jack Keogh out of Dundrum Lunatic Asylum.
Only came across this a few weeks ago and am really enjoying it. I have lived in Dublin for nearly 6 years but this has really changed how I look at the city already. It’s presented in a really interesting and accessible way that anyone can enjoy and the bit of humour really adds to it.
I really enjoy listening to Donal’s nuggets of history - delivered with great passion and enthusiasm. Such a terrific podcast!
Love this. Listen every evening...makes me feel like I’m walking around Dublin. Only problem is I’m running out of the back catalogue and have to wait for the new ones! Have learnt more about Dublin here then in ten years living on Synge Street.