Some information on a wonderful walking tour of the Liberties this Monday, as part of the Liberties Festival 2010.
The area known to Dubliners as the Liberties is one with no shortage of history. It holds a special place in the hearts of the Dublin working class, being home to the Guinness Brewery which has provided employment to so many families in this city over the course of generations. The Liberties is also the spot where Robert Emmet was executed in 1803, yet it was to play a role in the rebellion of 1798 before that. The importance of the area in the history of insurrectionary Dublin does not stop with those early rebellions either.
This area of Dublin is of interest to those of us particularly keen on the history of the 1916 Rising for example, with fierce fighting taking place at outposts like the South Dublin Union and the Mendicity Institute during the Rising. Like many parts of Dublin, this area is home to many plaques, and should be home to many more. It is the history of great events and great characters, but also a history of the mass body of community,for example in the street trading of the area. I, like many Dubliners, have family connections to the area through its Brewery and the Cornmarket Area.
This Monday, as part of the Liberties festival, historian Liz Gillis will be providing a Walking Tour of this fascinating area of Dublin.
The tour departs from Saint Catherine’s Church on Meath Street at 11AM.
It promises to be a most enjoyable tour, some of you may have encountered the host if you’ve visited Kilmainham Jail in recent times, where she works as a guide. Like Kilmainham, this area is central to our understanding of Dublin history. Liz is also an acknowledged expert in the period of Irish history we cover most on this site, the revolutionary years of the early twentieth century.
Here’s a brief scene from the wonderful ‘The Liberties’, available to view on Youtube from Areaman Productions. I always smile watching this.