One Pub, Three Writers

It has become cliché to say that Dublin is a town as well known for its literary masters as it is for its pubs, but there is a grain of truth behind every platitude. Dublin has produced more writers of renowned than its small size and history of poverty should warrant, and many of them struggled with the demon drink. The most vaunted period of the Dublin literati was in the post-war period, when a particularly famous set of writers congregated in the snugs of pubs such as the Palace, Grogans and the Long Hall. It was to be McDaid’s of Harry Street, however, that was to become the HQ of Dublin’s literary circle of sometimes friends and frequent enemies: Brendan Behan, Patrick Kavanagh and Flann O’Brien.

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A Warrior and a Slave

At this time Dublin was slowly developing as a slave port, eventually growing to become the largest slave port in Britain and Ireland by the 10th century, with over 1 million slaves believed to have passed on to Scandinavia and down to the slave markets of the Islamic Empire.

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Alexander O'Fhailghigh