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Dublin in 1974….

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWUferyKCww&w=420&h=315] with permission of  willmcq This footage is a drive through Dublin city centre in 1974. The most striking difference is the streetscape which has been transformed in the last 40 odd years....
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5 Great Film Clips from Irish History

Imagine how our understanding of the Norman invasion of Ireland might change if we had footage of Strongbow entering Dublin in 1170 or what we might think of Brian Boru if we had footage...
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5 Controversial Dublin Monuments

5.The Time in the Slime (the river Liffey) Back in the late 1990’s when Ireland’s economy started to grow for the first time in centuries the government, instead of building schools and hospitals, decided...
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Christmas day in Clifden Workhouse 1847

I was researching the Great Irish Famine (1845-51) when I came across this bleak report written in Clifden workhouse on Christmas day 1847. The situation in Ireland was desperate by 1847 when famine related...
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Top 5 Celebrity Jailbirds in Irish history

Never mind X factor or any of that rubbish, here’s 5 people (or groups of people) who are actually worth talking about….. Although not all are recognisable today these were all celebrity jailbirds in...
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1741: The Year of Slaughter

1741, “The Year of Slaughter” (Bliadhain an Air) was one of the most tragic events in post-medieval Irish history. Although this famine has been overshadowed by the famine of 1845-1851 it was  equally destructive....
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Top 5 Irish people who almost changed history

Top 5 Irish people who almost changed history. The individual stories behind an Irish assassin, a revolutionary, an explorer,  a dictators mistress and a scientist who almost changed history. 5. Violet Gibson. …..almost assassinated...
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