Storymap have just released over a dozen new videos of Dublin storytellers, as part of the Dubline project. The Dubline is intended as a historical and cultural route that runs from Trinity College Dublin to Kilmainham. These stories are a great adddition to the stories along the route which were already recorded as part of their broader project of mapping the city. You can see their map of the Dubline stories here.
Beginning down at College Green, Lorcan Collins has contributed this great video on the history of King Billy on College Green. We’ve looked at this statue in the past, quoting from Ireland in Pictures (1898) who wrote that “no statue in the world, perhaps, has been subject to so many vicissitudes.” Lorcan’s story ends with praise for the brilliant Thomas Davis statue, and the meaning of that man to the nation:
Ross Keane from the IFI talks about the history of that institution, including controversies around films which suffered to Ireland’s infamous film censorship such as Natural Born Killers.
My own father has contributed to the series, telling the story of the horrific Whiskey Fire that hit the Liberties in 1875. Horses and pigs running through the streets, dead bodies carried out of wakes and burning tenements all feature. You’ll be amazed to hear how all those who died met their end:
My own earlier contribution to the Storymap series features along the route, in the form of the story of Vonolel, a famous and honoured horse. We’ve posted that here on the site before.