Easter Rising Commemoration: A Family Affair

This weekend sees the annual commemoration events associated with the anniversary of the 1916 rising. But what is it like when your own family memories and stories are melded with history, with the memories and stories of the nation itself?

For no one is this more true than for the relatives of those who took part in the rising, and particularly for those who are related to the seven leaders, the signatories of the Proclamation itself.

Last year, the 100th anniversary of the Rising, I spoke to one such person, Honor O’Brolcháin (You can listen to the interview in the embedded audio clip).

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Soundhire’s Larry Lynch Talks About Life On The Road With Horslips In The Eary 70s

Update 6/4/18

I just learned that Larry died yesterday. Very sad to see him go. Wonderful man. In small tribute to a real old school Dublin gent, here is the documentary from which the below clip was taken, in its entirety. Thanks a million, Larry.

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Larry Lynch has been hiring out sound equipment to bands from his Soundhire shop in Ranelagh since 1971. In the 1970s he supplied the likes of Thin Lizzy, Horslips and later The Boomtown Rats.

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Grand Old Lady Of Rebel Row

No 9 Belgrave Rd today. The plaque to the left of the door commemorates Dr. Kathleen Lynn who lived in the house from 1903–1955.

No 9 Belgrave Rd today. The plaque to the left of the door commemorates Dr. Kathleen Lynn who lived in the house from 1903–1955.

Period redbrick houses in Dublin 6 are among the most desirable of residences for many. This is due in part to the elegance of their high ceilings, large reception rooms joined with classic double doors, big sash windows and, if you’re lucky, intact mouldings, ceiling roses, stairways and fireplaces. Then there’s the location of the old Victorian suburbs like Rathmines which offer walking distance to the City Centre coupled with the graceful old tree-lined roads and parks of the period. Continue reading