Donal Fallon is a historian, writer and broadcaster based in Dublin. His work has appeared in History Ireland, Spiked, Jacobin and other outlets. He is editor of the Dublin history blog Come Here To Me (www.comeheretome.com).
Remembering Séamus Ennis, Ireland's Greatest Music Collector
There is perhaps nobody as significant to the story of collecting Ireland’s oral folk tradition as Séamus Ennis, who was born a hundred years ago this May.
Remembering Marjorie Hasler, a Window-Breaking Suffragette
Marjorie Hasler didn’t live to see women vote in a general election for the first time. But she was at the heart of the activism that brought it about.
Donal: A Game for Countrymen?
How could it be that the Irish capital, with its population advantage over the rest of the island, has failed to challenge at the top level of hurling in the same manner that it has come to dominate Gaelic football?
Donal: Olaudah Equiano’s Irish Friends
During his Ireland tour, the author and former slave found “receptive audiences keen to link their own political aspirations to his”.
Eulogy to an Irish Pub
O’Meara’s Irish House wasn’t your normal drinking establishment.
Donal: Rebel Bookseller
Patrick Byrne was a purveyor of incendiary ideas on eighteenth-century Grafton Street.
Donal: It's Time for a Monument for Speranza
A formative influence on Countess Markievicz and her generation, Lady Jane Wilde deserves of a plaque on her family’s former home on Merrion Square.
The Legend of Jackie Carey
More than any other individual, it was the great Jackie Carey – hailing from Dublin’s north side – who turned the Irish public onto British football, writes historian Donal Fallon.
From Huguenots to Bearded Folkies
The hidden histories of Tailors’ Hall.
When the Spanish Flu Struck Dublin
Many Dubliners abandoned public transport and sought sanctuary anywhere they could. In total, the flu claimed more lives than the political violence of the revolutionary period.
The Diversory Anniversary
While some questioned the historical accuracy of celebrating Dublin’s millennium in 1988, at least it proved diverting during a tough time.
Cabra’s Liam Whelan, who played for Manchester United, died in the Munich air disaster nearly 60 years ago.
Beyond State Control
In the 1970s and 1980s, Dublin’s Irish Film Theatre, beyond the censor’s reach, played whatever films it pleased – to the great consternation of some.
Trevor White’s new biography of Alfred Byrne tells the story of “the most popular Dublin-born politician of the twentieth century”, in all his complexity, writes historian Donal Fallon.
Women Must Wait: Pushing the Suffragettes Aside
Next year marks 100 years since women got the vote. During the years of debate that led up to that change, many in Ireland argued that there were far more pressing issues to focus on.
Belfield's Burning: Forty Years of Punk
This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the commercial breakthrough of punk rock in these islands.
Johnny Eagle: the Tale of a Tattoo Legend
There are dozens of tattoo studios around Dublin now, but it wasn’t always thus. Here’s the story of the man who had the industry to himself back in the mid-twentieth century.
Eagles, Harps, and Swallows
There are dozens of tattoo studios around Dublin these days, but it wasn’t always thus. Here’s the story of the man who had the industry to himself back in the mid-twentieth century: Johnny Eagle.
You'll Never Walk Alone
Heffo’s Army was a youth-culture phenomenon of the 1970s, when Dublin youngsters, especially from working-class areas of the city, got into GAA overnight.
A Rebel Preservationist
He was called “A rabid republican cum architect cum town planner of definite convictions cum determined preservationist and exposer of shady planning applications.”
Vegetarians, revolutionaries and G Men: the story of the Irish Farm Produce Company.
From McDaid’s to the Summer of Love: The Mysterious Emmett Grogan
In his monthly column, Donal Fallon of “Come Here to Me!” takes a look at the life of Emmett Grogan, Irish American wild child and original hippy, who visited Dublin in the 1960s.
The Russian Connection
In 1918, a crowd of perhaps 10,000 rallied at the Mansion House in Dublin to herald the birth of the new “Russian Republic”, following the Russian Revolution.