Archive for June, 2012
I’d read recently that stink bombs were used during the protests against The Plough and the Stars at the Abbey Theatre in 1926. When researching that, I stumbled upon an interesting incident at one cinema in 1928 were stink bombs were used and seem to have caused a lot of panic. The Mary Street Picture House was the location for an incident that made its way into the national media. The two reports below come from The Irish Times, the first is dated November 27 1928. The sheer panic of the crowd is evident from this report.
Remarkably, the incident appears in the paper again in January 1929, giving some background on the incident and noting that an industrial dispute was underway at the time. The Irish Kinematograph Co. Ltd was seeking £500 compensation as a result of what occurred:
Anyone have anymore information on the Anti – Communist Hall that was based in Thorncastle Street, Ringsend in the mid 1930s?
Grainne McGuinness’ article about local Boxing champion George Howell mentions the hall and the activities surrounding it:
(George) when he was a young man … joined the anti-Communist group, which was the hub of social life at the time. It was on Thorncastle Street in Ringsend, opposite the old school, also known as the stables.
It was run by another local man, Mr. Dolan. You could play pool there, and on Saturday nights, if you had 3d in your pocket, you could attend the weekly dance. They had a professional pianist and sometimes when he didn’t turn up, George would step in and play for the night. He was paid five shillings, a lot of money in those days.
I assume that it was a local branch headquarters of the St Patrick’s Anti-Communist League that was active in the period. Does anyone know of any other similar halls?
A great bit of controversial engagement with the city by Will St. Leger, placing a female torso on the plinth at City Hall to highlight the lack of monuments and memorials to women in the city. We’ve run a long-running series on the statues of Dublin here on Come Here To Me, and I’ve always wondered: “Where is the statue to Hanna Sheehy Skeffington?” “Where is the plaque on the old headquarters of the Irish Womens Workers Union?”.
Thanks to Joe Rodgers for leaving this image on our Facebook page, taken by his grandfather Joe. Joe was 17 years old at the time he captured this defining moment in Irish history, and lived on Essex Quay. One thing I noticed immediately was how little the building which is home to early house pub The Chancery has changed! The Battle of Dublin raged for a week from 28 June to 5 July 1922, beginning with the bombardment of the Four Courts, the symbolic headquarters of the republicans.
In addition to this excellent image, here is one printed in the London Illustrated News following the Battle of Dublin. I scanned it up recently with the intention of posting it here today. Notice the flag flying above the building.
DCTV have uploaded this fantastic audio recording of last nights public meeting in the Ireland Institute on Pearse Street, with historians Brian Hanley and Matt Treacy discussing Republicanism in the 1960s. The meeting was chaired by Tommy Graham of History Ireland magazine, and certainly contained a lot of interesting discussion on the ideology and aspirations of those active in Republican circles in the period. The meeting was attended by a huge crowd, and there were familiar faces from the period in the audience. I’ll leave it to the listener to draw their own conclusions!
Click the link below to hear proceedings:
Edward Carson, the father of modern Irish loyalism, was born at number 4 Harcourt Street and the location is marked today by a small plaque. For many years, Carson’s birthplace sat in a decaying condition and looked likely to be demolished:
While researching something entirely different, I stumbled across this ‘obituary’ to Carson in the pages of the left-wing Republican Congress newspaper in 1935. The Republican Congress emerged out of the left of the republican movement in the period, and many important figures like Frank Ryan, Nora Connolly O’Brien, Peadar O’Donnell and George Gilmore were active participants for varying lengths of time. This piece on Carson’s death ran on the papers front page on October 26 1935. It’s far from complimentary!
Lord Carson is dead- twenty five years too late. No tears will be shed for the maker of partition and the father of sectarian strife.
There was nothing inconsistent in the fact a Dublin lawyer should espouse a sectarian Belfast cause. It was the call of his class that Carson answered when he led the opposition to Home Rule.
In pursuit of personal gain Carson wrecked the unity of the nation. He got his reward- the power and pelf he sought. His dupes had to face disillusionment. Carson lived longer than most expected. But Castlereagh and the Sham Squire have boon company now!