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‘Hidden Dublin: From the Monto to Little Jerusalem’

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Last year, myself and Dr. Irial Glynn put together a course with the Adult Education Department of U.C.D, looking at the hidden history of Dublin, and focused on social history and forgotten people from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It looked at issues like working class childhood in the city, Dublin’s history of prostitution, labour agitation in the capital and the tenement city.

It was a great experience, and we talked about it on RTE Radio One’s The History Show with Myles Dungan last year. You can listen to that feature here:

Irial has since moved on to academic pastures new, but I’m happy and excited to say the course is going ahead this February. Half the course is in class, and the other half is on the streets, with four walking tours of…

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6 comments on “‘Hidden Dublin: From the Monto to Little Jerusalem’

  1. an lorcánach

    excellent short course alright, sionnach: bit pricey unfortunately :/


    • Go raibh maith agat for reposting, very much appreciated.
      an lorcánach, that’s beyond my control and set by the college, I do try and do as much stuff as possible for free or cheaply over the years with tours and the odd lecture etc, times are tough indeed.

      After the lectures are over I’ll get the slides up online.


      • Munsterman

        Excellent – look forward to seeing the slides on-line.
        In fairness, it sounds good value for money, especially when you consider the amount of work that must go into preparing such a Course.

        Well done and keep up the excellent work.


      • an lorcánach

        thanks very much for that and i appreciate what another commentator, stating course’s good value for money and also look forward to slides: there is a wider issue though (not withstanding the importance of local history): having studied history in both maynooth college and ucd and reared on early morning open university programming, my worry is that there is an almost ideological refusal among college teachers in this state – specifically publicly funded sector – in accepting their obligations to give free lectures to the public: bear in mind that in the Dublin institute of advanced studies, lecturers are obligated to give free lectures to the public — I just don’t think that listening to Diarmuid Ferriter on Thursday mornings on pat kenny’s Newstalk show after 11am is good enough! -:)


        • In fairness Dermot is from the team behind the excellent website Come Here To Me! which has done more over the last five years to popularise the cultural history of our capital city than any other resource, academic or print. I certainly agree about the frequent lack of engagement by those in the academic profession with the general public in Ireland, particularly in the areas of history and language. There is some indifference amongst a number of scholars to ordinary people and their interests. It is all about their peers and a closed club of historians, linguists, etc. One of the founding objectives of the School of Celtic Studies was to disseminate information amongst the general public in relation to its core remit through lectures, seminars, courses and affordable publications. Considering that the periodical “Celtica” costs a hefty €40 I can’t see too many people rushing out to order a copy. More information is made available these days by amateur online enthusiasts than professional university academics. As I can testify to 😉


          • an lorcánach

            absolutely true, sionnach, fantastic resource and you’re dead right of course — you hit though also on a serious issue as well (tied in with costs and priorities): over this decade of “commemorations”, where Irish publishers will make a fortune selling biographies and histories of Irish revolutionaries, I suggest ordinary readers and collectors take hard look at where mercier, four courts and Irish academic press send their books for printing – this isn’t just about jobs or brazen hypocracy, but a sharp slap in the face to past sacrifices and the republican principles of shared values for the common good: this is why I won’t buy new editions from Gill & Macmillan (who incidentally have a policy of not publishing adult Irish language books) @


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