Rob Goodbody talk on Frederick Douglass & Richard Allen
Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery in Maryland and became a significant figure in the cause against slavery. In 1845 he visited Ireland on a lecture tour and spent four months in Dublin, Waterford, Cork, and Belfast. He worked closely with Daniel O’Connell when in Ireland, though a great deal of the organisation of his visit was undertaken by Irish Quakers. These included Richard Allen, who was born in Harold’s Cross and was one of the high-profile activists against slavery from the 1820s onward.
Rob Goodbody is a historic building consultant and a local historian. Among his publications are A Suitable Channel – Quaker Relief in the Great Famine, and the Royal Irish Academy’s Irish Historic Towns Atlas – Dublin 1756-1847.
The State of Dark: Judith Mok in conversation with John Horne
Thursday 13 May 2021 at 7.30pm
In association with (and streamed from) the Irish Jewish Museum, Portobello. Judith will talk about her forthcoming memoir about family memory and the Holocaust. With readings.
This event will be broadcast live from the Irish Jewish Museum. Questions may be submitted on line to the speakers which they will address at the end of the presentation.
Judith Mok was born in Holland, and raised in France. She now lives in Portobello with her partner Michael O’Loughlin, the poet, who has generously agreed to contribute to the poetry evening at the Festival again this year. Judith is truly multi-talented. She was admitted to the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, one of the best music schools in the world, at just 14. By the time she graduated at 20 as a singer, she had already published her first book. Judith became an award winning soprano, performing in some of the most prestigious opera houses, including the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam where she performed a gala concert as a wedding present for the Dutch King, HRH Willem Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima in 2002. Judith has published a number of novels and poetry collections. Judith also works as a voice coach, teaching vocal techniques to performers including Dermot Kennedy, Kodaline, Glen Hansard, Grace Jones and Thom Yorke (Radiohead). She has collaborated with world-class producers, such as Dr Dre.
Judith’s most recent book The State of Dark is a memoir about her close family, parents and grandparents. Her father Maurits was the leading Dutch poet and her grandfather brought the composer Gustav Mahler to Amsterdam to have his symphonies played by the Concertgebouw Orchestra. The book also addresses the destruction of an enlightened Jewish culture. 164 members of Judith’s extended family, including her grandparents, were murdered in the concentration camps in World War II:
John Horne is an historian who is recognized internationally as one of the leading experts on World War I. He joined the History Department of Trinity College Dublin in 1977, and remains there as Fellow emeritus. John directed the Centre for War Studies, of which he was co-founder in 2007, until summer 2016. He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. In addition to carrying on research, writing and speaking on aspects of European history, John has contributed to radio and television programmes in Belgium, France, Ireland, the UK and the USA. He has also participated in several historical documentaries for television in Belgium, Ireland, the UK and the USA. Most recently, he provided the lead reflection in the second of the series of seminars organised by President Higgins for Macnamh 100 to mark the Decade of Commemorations. John’s paper entitled “Ireland at the Crossroad, 1920-21. Nation, Empire, Partition” can be accessed on the President’s website at this link:
The Story of the Poddle – Cathy Scuffil
The little River Poddle has a big story to tell. The story is in place names, parish boundaries, street layouts, songs and the river. Join our Historian in Residence-Cathy Scuffil as she brings you on a journey with the Poddle from its source to the River Liffey.
Join Zoom Meeting on Monday the 10th of May at 8 pm
Meeting ID: 862 6389 8656
Poddle Walk 1975 – Gerard O’Kelly
The River Poddle, one of the fifty or so rivers of Dublin, and the source, from a pool on its course, of the name “Dublin”, rises in Fettercairn, today part of Tallaght, and eventually flows into the Liffey. The Poddle flows from Tallaght through Templeogue and local suburbs, before passing under the south city centre.
Nowadays much of the lower course of the Poddle is in a culvert under city streets but it has caused flooding on occasions over the years. In the late 1800s, for example, this lead to changes within St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The confluence of the Poddle with the Liffey, through a grated opening in the Liffey walls, is visible at low tide, at Wellington Quay. Formerly the Poddle formed a large pool, the Dubh Linn, or black pool, a place now the site of the Coach house and Castle Gardens of Dublin Castle. This may have been the origin of Dublin’s name.
In 1592, Red Hugh O’Donnell and Art O’Neill escaped from Dublin Castle via a drain into the Poddle, which runs under the Castle from Ship Street gate to the Chapel Royal and the Undercroft. The Poddle was later used to provide a water defence for the south wall of the castle. The river formed an early supply of water to the city, as the Liffey was tidal where they met. By the 13th century the water supply was inadequate and a deal was made in 1244 with the Priory of St. Thomas to divert water from the Dodder to the Poddle to increase the water flow. This connection still exists.
Filmed & directed by Gerard O’Kelly 1975
Growing Up in Harold’s Cross – Steve Wall & Mark Tierney
Mark’s great-great-grandfather first came to Harold’s cross in the early 1800s and somebody from the family has lived in the house ever since. Steve Wall will talk about what Harold’s cross means to him and his family. They bought the current house from Steve’s grandparents.
Interview by Brian Hutton
Where were the Liberties – with Eoin Bairéad?
Where exactly were ’the Liberties’?. It has for long been a badge of honour of the ’true’ Dubliner that they and ’all belonging to them’ came from ’the Liberties’. Many would have a good idea what was meant by a ’Liberty’, but a grasp of the geographical extent of these famous districts is not at all as extensive, or as accurate. Eoin Bairéad will try to clarify things a little.
Pop up Gaeltacht
Wed 12th of May at 9.00 pm
Do you want an opportunity to speak a little Irish? Join the members of Glór Mológa for an evening of “caint agus craic” and see how it goes.
MART Gallery & Studios
Mart Studios, Harold’s Cross: Let’s visit a studio member
Have you wondered what is happening behind the brightly coloured walls of the Mart.ie studios of Greenmount, Harolds Cross? Its time to meet the artists! The finale of this series includes a group show, “From me to you”, with a painting by local artist Sheila Flaherty.
Paula McGloin, and close with the Rathmines Mart group-show, “From me to you”.
Conservation & Heritage – Retrofit Older Homes
Loving our older homes into the next century while neither freezing or destroying the planet!
Dublin City Council’s Conservation Department will give us some expert insights into preserving the best of our older homes in the face of climate change and rising costs. Learn about their work around the city and how they can help us protect Harold’s Cross and environs sensibly for future generations.
UPCOMING PHOTOWALK AND EXHIBITION 2022 WATCH THIS SPACE… Local photographer Esther Moliné will be organizing a photowalk around Harold’s Cross as soon as it is possible, watch this space! More information will be published here when the time is right, hopefully later this year! For next year’s Festival there will be an exhibition of the photographs taken during this photowalk. See Esther’s website.