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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

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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.

    The History of Dublin and Tattoos

    The History of Dublin and Tattoos

    To many, Dublin tattooing brings to mind the name of Johnny Eagle. Yet the earliest tattoo shop in the city predated him by decades. Today, Dublin tattoos are in fashion - from Poolbeg chimneys to pints of stout - but where did it all begin?


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    • 19 min
    Gentlemen Only? The Forty Foot and Swimming in Dublin

    Gentlemen Only? The Forty Foot and Swimming in Dublin

    The Forty Foot, to many, is forever associated with Ulysses. Others associate it with the women's movement of the 1970s, and the battle for full equality between men and women when it came to swimming in Dublin. But why is it called the Forty Foot, and how long are Dubs jumping into Dublin Bay?

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    • 21 min
    The South City Markets and Victorian Dublin (George's Street Arcade)

    The South City Markets and Victorian Dublin (George's Street Arcade)

    To us today, it is the George's Street Arcade.


    Yet to Victorian Dubliners, it was the South City Markets. It opened at a turbulent time for Dublin, as the middle classes continued to move beyond the canals. Its beautiful red brick exterior is so out of place in Dublin now, but why? Thanks to Las Fallon, fire brigade historian, for contributions on the 1892 fire.


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    • 21 min
    The North King Street Massacre (with Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc)

    The North King Street Massacre (with Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc)

    Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc is the author of several studies on the Irish revolution, both local and national, but he is currently working on a study of one of the most controversial aspects of the revolution: The Disappeared.

    Incredibly, this story begins in Dublin's north inner-city. In the later stages of the Rising, sixteen civlians were brutally killed in and around their homes, with six of the bodies deliberately hidden. This was the North King Street Massacre.

    • 27 min
    On Monuments

    On Monuments

    A shorter, extra edition of the podcast focused on the current debate around statues, looking at some of Dublin's more contested memorials but also with some ideas going forward. 

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    • 23 min
    Dublin and the Anti-Slavery Movement

    Dublin and the Anti-Slavery Movement

    The story of the anti-slavery movement in Ireland is the story not only of Frederick Douglass and O'Connell., but decades of activism. This podcast touches on the Hibernian Anti-Slavery Association, the great Equiano who visited Dublin in the 1790s and more besides.

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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
211 Ratings

211 Ratings

Paulz921 ,

Most shared podcast

Easily my most shared podcast. Dónal really brings each subject matter alive and it feels more like eavesdropping on an interesting conversation in a pub than listening to a lecture.

Wud Recommend ,

Two Thumbs Up

Love this podcast. Have learned so much about the city I thought I knew like the back of my hand. 💙

James O G ,

Absolutely brilliant!

Love everything about this podcast. Great variety and full of really interesting history! James

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