Veteran Military Historian Joe Collins gives his verdict

Veteran Trade Unionist and Men of Many Parts Des Branigan to be Remembered with Dun Laoghaire Exhibition

Mother Jones is Back – for full details of Programme see

A Forgotten Episode of the 1918 Anti-Conscription Campaign

Local History Group Day – March 24th

John ‘Miley’ Walsh, a founder member of the Dockers Preservation Society, who will be talking about his experiences over more than forty years working on the Docks


Saturday 24 March from 9.45am to 2.30pm in Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

Local History Group Day is a chance to hear current research being undertaken by local history groups and societies throughout the country.

All welcome and booking is not required. Come early to ensure a place.
The schedule for the day is as follows:

    9.45am  – Registration
    10.00am – Welcome and Introduction
    10.05am  – Starting a Local History Group.  James Madigan, Liberties Cultural Association
    10.35am  –  Closure of a Unremunerative Railway Line: Harcourt Street to Bray, 1958. James Scannell, The Old Bray Society
    11.05am  –  The Meeting at Rochestown Avenue, 1884 and related history. Thomas Burke, Local History Alumni Group
    11.35am  –  “Dear Miss B” – a Collection of Edwardian Postcards.  Brian McCabe, Kill History Group
    12.05pm  –  Tea/Coffee
    12.30pm  –  An Irish Country House in Cloyne, Co. Cork. Marie Guillot, Cloyne Literary & Historical Society
    1.05pm – Lesser Known Dubs – The Good, the Bad and the Downright Despicable. Ken Finlay, The Old Dublin Society
    1.35pm – My Experience as a Dublin Docker 1963-2009.John Walsh, Dublin Dock Workers Preservation Society
    2.05pm – – a Resource for Local History Groups.  Jacqueline Hill, NUI Maynooth
    2.20pm – Discussion
    2.30pm – Finish

Please contact (01) 6744999 or if you have any queries. All are welcome!

Location Details: The Conference Room
                          Dublin City Library & Archive
                          138 – 144 Pearse St
Dublin 2


Eugene is standing on the right  


A headstone is to be erected on March 23rd, to mark the grave of Eugene Lynch, one of the forty children killed during the 1916 Rising. He was 8 years and 9 months old when he died ‘from the effects of a bullet wound’, on Friday, April 28th, 1916.

Burial records from Goldenbridge Cemetery (Order 30241) revealed the tragic details. Joe Duffy, author of Children of the Rising, traced the details of Eugene’s death with the late Shane MacThomais as part of his continuing research into the forty children killed in Easter Week 1916. (more…)

Stailc 1913 to be rebroadcast on TG4 – January 31st @ 21:30 and February 3rd @ 19:15


Connolly 150

A full life

  • Connolly 150 is a not?for?profit organisation established to promote public awareness of James Connolly and working class history as we approach the 150th anniversary of James Connolly’s birth in Edinburgh,
  • We seek to raise awareness through research, events, writing, community engagement and organising.
  • We are open to new and imaginative approaches to Connolly’s life and its relationship to working class and immigrant
  • Connolly 150 has developed mutually supportive relationships with similar, existing organisations in Scotland and
  • We have also developed vital and positive relationships with trade unions and community organisations.
  • Connolly 150 is an independent Affiliated to no political party or group.
  • Established with the sole purpose of celebrating the life of James Connolly on the 150thanniversary of his
  • Connolly 150 events are open to all who wish to see James Connolly recognised and celebrated in Edinburgh and

Below is selection of the projects planned by #Connolly150 (more…)

Centenary of U-boat attacks on Dublin Port Ships Maritime tragedies remembered in exhibition at Civic Offices

This month marks the centenary of the sinking of two Dublin Port vessels in separate submarine attacks. An exhibition commemorating these tragedies will be on display at Dublin’s Civic offices for the next fortnight. “Dublin Docklands and the sinking of the S.S. Hare and S.S. Adela 1917” tells the story of how the Great War impacted on Dublin Port , how the Submarine War developed and the terrible consequences for seafarers in the Irish Channel. It also includes information on how the City’s most iconic product, Guinness, was affected and details one of the most prolific U-boat Commanders who operated in Irish Coastal Waters.

The exhibition can be visited by the public at

Dublin City Council

Civic Offices

Wood Quay, Dublin 8

Located on Walkway 1


It will be on display from Monday 18th December until Friday 5th January.


 On the 14th December 1917 the SS Hare was torpedoed as it travelled from Manchester into Dublin. Almost a fortnight later, the SS Adela was torpedoed as it travelled from Dublin to Liverpool. A total of 36 seafarers lost their lives in this grim Christmas season, while 12 others survived the attacks. Both vessels were very well known in Dublin Port; The SS Hare became famous as ‘Larkins Foodship’ during the 1913 Lockout, while the SS Adela was a Tedcastle & McCormack vessel which had sailed this route for over three decades. 

John Jones is the Great Grandson of George Jones who died aboard the SS Adela:

“In 1917 there were over 150 ships sunk in Irish coastal waters as a result of Submarine attacks. These two particular vessels are particularly important due to the heavy loss of life in the relatively small and tight knit communities around Dublin Port. A newspaper report from the time estimated that there were up to one hundred dependents left behind by those who perished on the SS Adela. ”


Hilary Wallner is the Grand-Daughter of Able Seaman Joseph Hopkins of Pigeon House Road who died aboard the SS Hare

 “I am so glad to see, one hundred years after these terrible tragedies that they are being so respectfully remembered by Dublin City Council and the people of Dublin have an opportunity to learn their story.”

Hilary Wallner also spoke of her own family loss:

“It is important to me that my Grandfather, Joseph Hopkins, who died in the attack on the SS Hare, is remembered, but the trauma and hardship his death led to for the surviving family members must also be acknowledged. All the victims of these attacks must be properly commemorated, and we must also be aware of the long term effect on those who survived.



For further information or interviews please contact:

 David Cotter (Co-ordinator Adela-Hare Centenary Commemoration Committee) –0864089611

A number of Family members of victims are also available for interviews, including

Hilary Wallner   086-8656663



Dublin Port Communities and U Boats Attacks 1917-1918

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