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100 years of Edge Hardware

A talk by Cormac Moore looking at the history of this local Fairview business as it celebrates 100 years in business in 2017. Started by Elias Edge (Senior) who was born in 1872 the history of this neighborhood hardware shop is also the history of the area. Cormac brings that history to life as he discusses the floods, bombings, escaped lions and further floods which shaped Fairview over the last 100 years. If you want to learn more you might like to check out the following: The bombing of Dublin's North Strand by Kevin C. Kearns. Fortune's wheel : The life and legacy of the Fairview lion tamer. A dvd directed by Joe Lee You can also find historic photographs of Fairview on our digital repository and images of the North Strand Bombing on our online gallery. Recorded at the 2017 Dublin Festival of History. Cormac is part of the Historian in Residence team(Dublin City Council) for the North Central Area. Additional research by Beverly Edge.

32 MIN2018 MAY 25
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100 years of Edge Hardware

‘Reduced to the Utmost Want’: the poor of Dublin in the post-Famine period

Georgina Laragy's talk looks at the various state and charitable provisions made for the poor of Dublin in the post-Famine period exploring the workhouses, the night shelters and the Mansion House Relief Committee who provided for the people of Dublin and beyond during the 'Little Famine' of 1880-1881. Dr Georgina Laragy is Glasnevin Trust Assistant Professor in Public History and Cultural Heritage at Trinity College Dublin. Georgina's main focus is on social history, in particular history of suicide, death and poverty in nineteenth and twentieth century Ireland. She is also interested in the history of institutions, including workhouses, psychiatric hospitals, prisons and Magdalen asylums. The Archives of the Dublin Mansion House Relief Fund 1880 are held at Dublin Cit y Archives. Edmund Dwyer Gray, Lord Mayor of Dublin, set up the Dublin Mansion House Relief Fund on 2 January 1880 for the relief of distress in Ireland. Successive failures of harvests from 1877 – 1879 led to widespread devastation and hunger, historically known as the "little famine" of 1880. The above letter, dated January 19th 1881 from William Dickson to the Mansion House Relief Fund is mentioned by Georgina in her talk. (Click image to enlarge.) Recorded at Dublin City Library and Archive on 12 October 2017 as part of Dublin Festival of History.

35 MIN2018 MAY 15
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‘Reduced to the Utmost Want’: the poor of Dublin in the post-Famine period

Powering the Nation

Visions of the Shannon Scheme and electricity in Ireland with Sorcha O'Brien Sorcha O'Brien talks about her book Powering the Nation, the visual story, not just of the Shannon Hydroelectric Scheme, but of Ireland's introduction to electricity in the early days of the Irish Free State. The ESB was set up to manage the power station and national grid in 1927, which makes it the first Semi-State body in Ireland. Sorcha O’Brien is a design historian with interest in technology and identity in both physical and digital forms. She teaches Design History and Theory to Product and Furniture Design students in Kingston University, UK. She is co-editor of the anthology Love Objects: Emotion, Design and Material Culture and subject editor for the Bloomsbury Encyclopaedia of Design. Powering the Nation: Images of the Shannon Scheme and Electricity in Ireland is published by Irish Academic Press (2017). Powering the Nation is available to borrow from any public library in Ireland. Recorded at Walkinstown Library on 11 October 2017 as part of Dublin Festival of History.

57 MIN2018 MAY 8
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Powering the Nation

The Rise of Éamon de Valera

David McCullagh, historian and broadcaster looks at how De Valera's early life shaped the most influential politician of 20th century Ireland. Eamon de Valera is arguably the most important Irish politician of the twentieth century. He was a leader of the Easter Rising, a prominent supporter the anti-treaty rebels during the Civil War, the founder of Fianna Fáil and laterPresident of Ireland. From the host of RTÉ's Primetime and author of The Reluctant Taoiseach, the widely acclaimed biography of John A. Costello, Rise 1882-1932 is the first volume of a major two-part reassessment of the man who shaped modern Ireland. Recorded at Dublin City Library and Archive on 9 October 2017 as part of Dublin Festival of History.

42 MIN2018 MAY 1
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The Rise of Éamon de Valera

JFK and the summer of 1963

Civil rights, Cold War politics and an Irish homecoming with Cecelia Hartsell Cecelia Hartsell looks at John F Kennedy's troubled summer of 1963 dealing with major issues in the US before he embarked on a joyful homecoming to Ireland. Recorded at Raheny Library on 2 October 2017.

34 MIN2018 APR 24
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JFK and the summer of 1963

Writing the History of 20th Century Europe – Ian Kershaw

Ian Kershaw in conversation with Robert Gerwarth In 1914 a civilization that had blandly assumed itself to be a model for the rest of the world had collapsed into a savagery beyond any comparison. In 1939 Europeans initiated a second conflict that managed to be even worse, a war in which the killing of civilians was central and which culminated in the Holocaust. We are delighted to welcome one of Britain’s greatest historians to discuss what it meant for the Europeans who initiated and lived through such fearful times. Sir Ian Kershaw’s work has chiefly focused on the social history of 20th century Germany. He is regarded by many as one of the world's leading experts on the Third Reich, and is particularly noted for his biographies of Hitler. Robert Gerwarth is Professor of Modern History at UCD. Recorded at The Printworks at Dublin Castle on 1 October 2017.

45 MIN2018 APR 17
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Writing the History of 20th Century Europe – Ian Kershaw

Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Post-War Britain

Clair Wills in conversation with Elaine Sisson The battered and exhausted Britain of 1945 was desperate for workers - to rebuild, to fill the factories, to make the new NHS work. From all over the world, thousands of individuals - including many Irish emigrants - took the plunge. Most assumed they would spend just three or four years in the UK, sending much of their pay back home, but instead large numbers stayed and transformed the country. Clair Wills teaches at Princeton University in the USA. Her books include Dublin 1916: The Siege of the GPO and The Best Are Leaving: Emigration and Post-War Irish Culture. Elaine Sisson is a cultural historian, writer and lecturer at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. Recorded at The Printworks at Dublin Castle on 1 October 2017.

52 MIN2018 APR 10
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Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Post-War Britain

The Last of the Tsars: Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution – Robert Service

Robert Service in conversation with Patrick Geoghegan The Last of the Tsars is a masterful study of Nicholas II, the last Tsar of All the Russias, a man who was almost entirely out of his depth, perhaps even willfully so. It is also a compelling account of the social, economic and political foment in Russia in the aftermath of Alexander Kerensky's February Revolution, the Bolshevik seizure of power in October 1917 and the beginnings of Lenin's Soviet republic. Robert Service is a Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford. He has written biographies of Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin and several other books on Russia past and present. Patrick Geoghegan is Professor of Modern History at Trinity College Dublin. Recorded at The Printworks at Dublin Castle on 1 October 2017.

51 MIN2018 APR 3
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The Last of the Tsars: Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution – Robert Service

Dublin Festival of History Question Time

Chaired by Joe Duffy with Catriona Crowe, Donal Fallon & Jennifer Wellington All of those questions you’ve been dying to ask about twentieth century Irish history – bring ‘em on! Our panel of historians will be pleased to answer any question you care to throw at them. Please submit your question in no more than 50 words by Saturday 30th September to festivalofhistory@dublincity.ie Joe Duffy is the presenter of RTE’s Liveline radio series. He is also the author of the bestselling Children of the Rising. Catriona Crowe is former head of Special Collections at the National Archives of Ireland. In 2016 she presented the RTE documentary Life Before the Rising. Donal Fallon is a Dublin-based historian, writer and co-founder of the popular historical website 'Come Here To Me' and is an Historian in Residence with Dublin City Council. Jennifer Wellington is a lecturer in Modern History at University College Dublin. Recorded at The Printworks at Dublin Castle on 1 October 2017.

58 MIN2018 MAR 27
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Dublin Festival of History Question Time

The Social History of Modern Ireland

Chaired by David Dickson with contributors Sarah-Anne Buckley, Ciaran O’Neill & Patricia Lysaght Covering three centuries of unprecedented demographic and economic changes and setting Irish developments in a wider European and global context, the Cambridge Social History of Modern Ireland makes an invaluable contribution to Irish history and Irish studies. Moderator David Dickson will discuss key topics with three contributors in the areas of childhood, literacy and education, and old age, death and mourning. David Dickson is a Professor of Modern History at Trinity College Dublin, Sarah-Anne Buckley is a lecturer in history at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ciaran O’Neill is an Assistant Professor in Nineteenth-Century History at Trinity College Dublin, Patricia Lysaght is em. Professor of European Ethnology, University College Dublin. Recorded at The Printworks at Dublin Castle on 1 October 2017.

47 MIN2018 MAR 20
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The Social History of Modern Ireland

Latest Episodes

100 years of Edge Hardware

A talk by Cormac Moore looking at the history of this local Fairview business as it celebrates 100 years in business in 2017. Started by Elias Edge (Senior) who was born in 1872 the history of this neighborhood hardware shop is also the history of the area. Cormac brings that history to life as he discusses the floods, bombings, escaped lions and further floods which shaped Fairview over the last 100 years. If you want to learn more you might like to check out the following: The bombing of Dublin's North Strand by Kevin C. Kearns. Fortune's wheel : The life and legacy of the Fairview lion tamer. A dvd directed by Joe Lee You can also find historic photographs of Fairview on our digital repository and images of the North Strand Bombing on our online gallery. Recorded at the 2017 Dublin Festival of History. Cormac is part of the Historian in Residence team(Dublin City Council) for the North Central Area. Additional research by Beverly Edge.

32 MIN2018 MAY 25
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100 years of Edge Hardware

‘Reduced to the Utmost Want’: the poor of Dublin in the post-Famine period

Georgina Laragy's talk looks at the various state and charitable provisions made for the poor of Dublin in the post-Famine period exploring the workhouses, the night shelters and the Mansion House Relief Committee who provided for the people of Dublin and beyond during the 'Little Famine' of 1880-1881. Dr Georgina Laragy is Glasnevin Trust Assistant Professor in Public History and Cultural Heritage at Trinity College Dublin. Georgina's main focus is on social history, in particular history of suicide, death and poverty in nineteenth and twentieth century Ireland. She is also interested in the history of institutions, including workhouses, psychiatric hospitals, prisons and Magdalen asylums. The Archives of the Dublin Mansion House Relief Fund 1880 are held at Dublin Cit y Archives. Edmund Dwyer Gray, Lord Mayor of Dublin, set up the Dublin Mansion House Relief Fund on 2 January 1880 for the relief of distress in Ireland. Successive failures of harvests from 1877 – 1879 led to widespread devastation and hunger, historically known as the "little famine" of 1880. The above letter, dated January 19th 1881 from William Dickson to the Mansion House Relief Fund is mentioned by Georgina in her talk. (Click image to enlarge.) Recorded at Dublin City Library and Archive on 12 October 2017 as part of Dublin Festival of History.

35 MIN2018 MAY 15
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‘Reduced to the Utmost Want’: the poor of Dublin in the post-Famine period

Powering the Nation

Visions of the Shannon Scheme and electricity in Ireland with Sorcha O'Brien Sorcha O'Brien talks about her book Powering the Nation, the visual story, not just of the Shannon Hydroelectric Scheme, but of Ireland's introduction to electricity in the early days of the Irish Free State. The ESB was set up to manage the power station and national grid in 1927, which makes it the first Semi-State body in Ireland. Sorcha O’Brien is a design historian with interest in technology and identity in both physical and digital forms. She teaches Design History and Theory to Product and Furniture Design students in Kingston University, UK. She is co-editor of the anthology Love Objects: Emotion, Design and Material Culture and subject editor for the Bloomsbury Encyclopaedia of Design. Powering the Nation: Images of the Shannon Scheme and Electricity in Ireland is published by Irish Academic Press (2017). Powering the Nation is available to borrow from any public library in Ireland. Recorded at Walkinstown Library on 11 October 2017 as part of Dublin Festival of History.

57 MIN2018 MAY 8
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Powering the Nation

The Rise of Éamon de Valera

David McCullagh, historian and broadcaster looks at how De Valera's early life shaped the most influential politician of 20th century Ireland. Eamon de Valera is arguably the most important Irish politician of the twentieth century. He was a leader of the Easter Rising, a prominent supporter the anti-treaty rebels during the Civil War, the founder of Fianna Fáil and laterPresident of Ireland. From the host of RTÉ's Primetime and author of The Reluctant Taoiseach, the widely acclaimed biography of John A. Costello, Rise 1882-1932 is the first volume of a major two-part reassessment of the man who shaped modern Ireland. Recorded at Dublin City Library and Archive on 9 October 2017 as part of Dublin Festival of History.

42 MIN2018 MAY 1
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The Rise of Éamon de Valera

JFK and the summer of 1963

Civil rights, Cold War politics and an Irish homecoming with Cecelia Hartsell Cecelia Hartsell looks at John F Kennedy's troubled summer of 1963 dealing with major issues in the US before he embarked on a joyful homecoming to Ireland. Recorded at Raheny Library on 2 October 2017.

34 MIN2018 APR 24
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JFK and the summer of 1963

Writing the History of 20th Century Europe – Ian Kershaw

Ian Kershaw in conversation with Robert Gerwarth In 1914 a civilization that had blandly assumed itself to be a model for the rest of the world had collapsed into a savagery beyond any comparison. In 1939 Europeans initiated a second conflict that managed to be even worse, a war in which the killing of civilians was central and which culminated in the Holocaust. We are delighted to welcome one of Britain’s greatest historians to discuss what it meant for the Europeans who initiated and lived through such fearful times. Sir Ian Kershaw’s work has chiefly focused on the social history of 20th century Germany. He is regarded by many as one of the world's leading experts on the Third Reich, and is particularly noted for his biographies of Hitler. Robert Gerwarth is Professor of Modern History at UCD. Recorded at The Printworks at Dublin Castle on 1 October 2017.

45 MIN2018 APR 17
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Writing the History of 20th Century Europe – Ian Kershaw

Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Post-War Britain

Clair Wills in conversation with Elaine Sisson The battered and exhausted Britain of 1945 was desperate for workers - to rebuild, to fill the factories, to make the new NHS work. From all over the world, thousands of individuals - including many Irish emigrants - took the plunge. Most assumed they would spend just three or four years in the UK, sending much of their pay back home, but instead large numbers stayed and transformed the country. Clair Wills teaches at Princeton University in the USA. Her books include Dublin 1916: The Siege of the GPO and The Best Are Leaving: Emigration and Post-War Irish Culture. Elaine Sisson is a cultural historian, writer and lecturer at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. Recorded at The Printworks at Dublin Castle on 1 October 2017.

52 MIN2018 APR 10
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Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Post-War Britain

The Last of the Tsars: Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution – Robert Service

Robert Service in conversation with Patrick Geoghegan The Last of the Tsars is a masterful study of Nicholas II, the last Tsar of All the Russias, a man who was almost entirely out of his depth, perhaps even willfully so. It is also a compelling account of the social, economic and political foment in Russia in the aftermath of Alexander Kerensky's February Revolution, the Bolshevik seizure of power in October 1917 and the beginnings of Lenin's Soviet republic. Robert Service is a Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford. He has written biographies of Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin and several other books on Russia past and present. Patrick Geoghegan is Professor of Modern History at Trinity College Dublin. Recorded at The Printworks at Dublin Castle on 1 October 2017.

51 MIN2018 APR 3
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The Last of the Tsars: Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution – Robert Service

Dublin Festival of History Question Time

Chaired by Joe Duffy with Catriona Crowe, Donal Fallon & Jennifer Wellington All of those questions you’ve been dying to ask about twentieth century Irish history – bring ‘em on! Our panel of historians will be pleased to answer any question you care to throw at them. Please submit your question in no more than 50 words by Saturday 30th September to festivalofhistory@dublincity.ie Joe Duffy is the presenter of RTE’s Liveline radio series. He is also the author of the bestselling Children of the Rising. Catriona Crowe is former head of Special Collections at the National Archives of Ireland. In 2016 she presented the RTE documentary Life Before the Rising. Donal Fallon is a Dublin-based historian, writer and co-founder of the popular historical website 'Come Here To Me' and is an Historian in Residence with Dublin City Council. Jennifer Wellington is a lecturer in Modern History at University College Dublin. Recorded at The Printworks at Dublin Castle on 1 October 2017.

58 MIN2018 MAR 27
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Dublin Festival of History Question Time

The Social History of Modern Ireland

Chaired by David Dickson with contributors Sarah-Anne Buckley, Ciaran O’Neill & Patricia Lysaght Covering three centuries of unprecedented demographic and economic changes and setting Irish developments in a wider European and global context, the Cambridge Social History of Modern Ireland makes an invaluable contribution to Irish history and Irish studies. Moderator David Dickson will discuss key topics with three contributors in the areas of childhood, literacy and education, and old age, death and mourning. David Dickson is a Professor of Modern History at Trinity College Dublin, Sarah-Anne Buckley is a lecturer in history at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ciaran O’Neill is an Assistant Professor in Nineteenth-Century History at Trinity College Dublin, Patricia Lysaght is em. Professor of European Ethnology, University College Dublin. Recorded at The Printworks at Dublin Castle on 1 October 2017.

47 MIN2018 MAR 20
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The Social History of Modern Ireland
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