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For Carrolls Irish Gifts, St Patrick's Day is traditionally when all its Christmases come at once. Thousands of foreign tourists - the retailer's bread and butter - would flock to its stores for leprechaun hats with matching red beards, tricolour nails and eyelashes, and shamrock earrings.
 
Lock everyone up, shut down most businesses and then see what happens. Whatever about the epidemiological impact of the repeated Covid-19 lockdowns, we are also being subjected to an extraordinary real-life economic experiment conducted in real time.
 
A €15,000 bill to replace the septic tank leaking sewerage all over your garden is unlikely to be the first thing that comes to mind when contemplating a move to a rural idyll. Neither is the bill with four zeros attached that you could face to get safe drinking water into your home. Failure to do your homework on the purchase of a countryside home…
 
Q: My wife and I are looking at retrofitting our home to increase our Building Energy Rating (BER). It turns out our local credit union will become an official provider of State grants and will offer a streamlined retrofitting service next month. Should we use the combination of SEAI grant funding and a loan, or should we include some savings we ha…
 
The final episode in a ten part podcast series on a 'History of the Easter Rising in 10 Objects' discusses a 1916 memorial card that was bought on Moore St in 1917.'A History of the Easter Rising in 50 Objects' by John Gibney is available now.Independent.ie/1916 による
 
The ninth in a ten part podcast series on a 'History of the Easter Rising in 10 Objects' discusses biscuits that were given to Kathleen Lynn in prison after her arrest for her part in the Rising.'A History of the Easter Rising in 50 Objects' by John Gibney is available now.Independent.ie/1916 による
 
The eighth in a ten part podcast series on a 'History of the Easter Rising in 10 Objects' discusses a fragment of a wall from 16 Moore Street inscribed by Thomas Clarke.The Volunteers were tired, and lacked food and water, but some of them began to smash through the walls of the houses to permit access along the length of the terrace and hopefully …
 
The seventh in a ten part podcast series on a 'History of the Easter Rising in 10 Objects' discusses books from Marsh's library that were damaged by British gunfire.'A History of the Easter Rising in 50 Objects' by John Gibney is available now.Independent.ie/1916 による
 
The sixth in a ten part podcast series on a 'History of the Easter Rising in 10 Objects' discusses the flag from the 'gunship' Helga which was responsible for part of the artillery fire on Dublin city.'A History of the Easter Rising in 50 Objects' by John Gibney is available now.Photo: NMMIIndependent.ie/1916 による
 
The fifth in a ten part podcast series on a 'History of the Easter Rising in 10 Objects' discusses the awarding of the memorial cup for the defence of Trinity College, Dublin, during the Rising.'A History of the Easter Rising in 50 Objects' by John Gibney is available now.Image: Adams AuctioneersIndependent.ie/1916 による
 
This is an extract of an interview with Fionan Lynch for the Irish Life and Lore 1916 Oral History project.Fionán Lynch was Captain of F Company in the week before the Rising, during a period which he describes as “a week of rumours”. On Good Friday 1916, Fionán Lynch was ordered to go to King Street and Church Street, where he was to be positioned…
 
The fourth of a ten part podcast series on a 'History of the Easter Rising in 10 Objects' discusses the Irish Republic flag that flew alongside the tricolour above the GPO during Easter Week 1916.Why were there two flags and what became of the flag after the rebels surrendered?'A History of the Easter Rising in 50 Objects' by John Gibney is availab…
 
The first radio transmission was sent by the Irish rebels on Easter Monday 1916 declared an Irish Republic to the world.“Irish Republic declared in Dublin today. Irish troops have captured city and are in full possession. Enemy cannot move in city. The whole country rising.”Independent.ie/1916 による
 
The third of a ten part podcast series on a 'History of the Easter Rising in 10 Objects' discusses a poster for the Coliseum Theatre from Easter Monday April 24th 1916.Historian John Gibney discusses how Dubliners were taken completely by surprise when the Rising began and how there was little inkling of what was to come.'A History of the Easter Ri…
 
This is the story of the field hospital at Merrion Square that was hastily set up during the Easter rebellion to cater to the wounded from both sides of the battle.Sir Robert Woods and his wife, Lady Margaret, lived with their family at No. 39 Merrion Square. Sir Robert Woods was an Ear Nose and Throat specialist and a surgeon at Sir Patrick Dun’s …
 
Seán Holahan recalls his father, Paddy Holahan, and his uncle, Garry Holahan. Paddy and Garry Holahan were members of Fianna Éireann and the IRB, and were active in 1916. At Easter 1916, Paddy Holahan was with the Four Courts Garrison under Ned Daly, and his son describes his activities during the week. When Captain Laffan was shot, he became comma…
 
The second of a ten part podcast series on a 'History of the Easter Rising in 10 Objects' discusses the Mosin-Nagant rifle from the Aud.Historian John Gibney discusses the Mosin-Nagant rifle from the Aud with Daire Whelan and asks just how useful the guns would have been if they had been landed and used by the 1916 rebels.'A History of the Easter R…
 
In this first episode of a History of the Easter Rising in 10 Objects, historian John Gibney discusses a programme from the Abbey Theatre production in 1908 of Thomas McDonagh's When the Dawn is Come.John Gibney's 'A History of the Easter Rising in 50 Objects' is available now.Image Credit: Abbey Theatre…
 
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