Step back in time with this accessible walking guide to the revolutionary history of Dublin. John Gibney and Donal Fallon have spent years leading historical walking tours through the city, and now guide readers at their own pace through this radical period, bringing it to life in a novel way, from the perspective of the streets and buildings in which it took place.
Beginning in 1912, when Dublin was a city of the British Empire, and finishing in the aftermath of the Civil War in 1923, en route it covers the 1913 Lockout, the impact of the First World War, the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence. These groundbreaking events are set against the backdrop of the city’s multifaceted development. Each walk covers a different area, setting the scene with a rich overview of its social, cultural and architectural context during this era, then taking in well-known landmarks and hidden corners where key events unfolded, from Kilmainham Gaol in the west, through Liberty Hall and Jacob's biscuit factory in the inner city, to Croke Park in the north. Along the way, readers will get to know the diverse cast who shaped Ireland’s revolution, from lesser-known figures like Rosie Hackett, to iconic leaders like Patrick Pearse. Each route follows on from the last, allowing readers to extend their explorations through the city.
Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a born-and-bred Dubliner, follow in the footsteps of the men and women who shaped and witnessed the Irish revolution and see the city as they did.
John Gibney, from Dublin, is DFAT 100 Project Coordinator with the Royal Irish Academy’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy project. He has lectured at TCD and UCD and been a research fellow at the University of Notre Dame and NUI Galway. He worked on the ‘Historical Walking Tours of Dublin’ until 2015 and has written several successful history books.
Donal Fallon, from Dublin, is one of the three contributors to the popular ComeHereToMe history blog and has worked as a walking tour guide in the city. His work has appeared in The Irish Times and History Ireland, and he is a regular contributor to Newstalk and RTÉ Radio. His other books include a biography of Major John MacBride (2015) and a history of the Nelson Pillar (2014).