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Amor and Psyche

A German traveller’s account of a visit he made to Dublin in 1850 reveals much about the politics and economics of being pretty and the life of a poor girl in Victorian Dublin
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Tallaght, before Babel

Fionn Mac Cumhaill was well remembered until quite recently for his many exploits not too far off the route of the 65b from Hawkins Street.
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The Prussians are impressed

The German historian Friedrich Von Raumer, visiting in 1835, had never seen beggars, or popular amusements, quite like Dublin's.
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A Dublin Poem

A no-man's land twixt Norse and Brit, chained to the granite quays.
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Hormones Will Out

Trinity College students in the early twentieth century were denied association with women, so their energies found other outlets.
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Morning Glory Beyond Rathmines

A Dublin poem, of going and returning, from Gerard Smyth.
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Weeping for the Workers

The supreme place given to the national question meant some Dublin politicians had to affect a deep concern for the poor they did not necessarily really feel.
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The Lady in the Dodder

A stroll along the banks of the Dodder recalls a murder committed in 1900, and its reverberations in two of Joyce's works.
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Well Done Please

Like the famous literary character he created, Bram Stoker was a healthy feeder.
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Supping with the Devil

Four generations ago Dublin had a vibrant and numerous working class Protestant community. For some of their middle class co-religionists they were too vibrant.
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Larkin in Dublin

Philip Larkin visited Dublin for a library conference in 1967. He wasn't hugely impressed.
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Dublin Can Be Himmel

A German visitor to Dublin in 1783 was impressed by the city's beautiful location, its bays and mountains, and the thriving trade of its port.
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A Lesson Learned in Leinster Square

A variety of pedlars worked the streets of suburban Dublin more than a hundred years ago, fascinating, and sometimes terrifying, the local children.
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Great Days in Rathmines

A citizen of Rathmines remembers the idyllic days of his childhood in the prosperous suburb around the turn of the twentieth century.
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A Sneakin' Regard

Rich and poor alike in Ireland tended to support constitutional politics, but this did not mean they did not sometimes have sympathy for those arrested for violent acts.
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No Pussyfooting

The city authorities had a short way with mendicants, pests and malingerers back in the days before political correctness gone mad.
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Use Your Head

Sexual harassment is an unpleasant practice and often goes unpunished. But not always.
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CURATES AND COUNTERJUMPERS

A dispute over power in our national sporting organisations brings together Joyce's Citizen, a nationalist MP and son of an immigrant Italian sculptor, and the father of Brendan Bracken, Churchill's wartime minister who hid his Irish origins.
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DEBAUCHERY IN DUBLIN FOUR

A German visitor to Ireland in 1828 found that poverty and an absence of material prospects could not prevent the Irish from having a good time, in their characteristic way.
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THE PRAM WARS

The city authorities in Dublin have waged a long war against casual traders, but not without provoking some spirited resistance.
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