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Castle and City: Dublin Castle in its Urban Context 1801-1923

April 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


The Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies (USIHS) and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) welcome you to a talk by Dr Joe Curran.

Much has been written about Dublin Castle as a centre of government and repression. Many excellent studies shed light on the politicians, administrators, and spies who were associated with ‘the Castle’. Less has been said about Dublin Castle as an urban institution, yet as a large complex of offices, ceremonial spaces, and military quarters the Castle could not fail to have an impact on the city in which it was located. Focusing on the years between 1801 and 1923, this paper discusses how exploring the relationship between the Castle and Dublin society, sheds new light on both. Dubliners often had something of a love-hate relationship with this multifaceted institution. Individuals who despised Castle administrators sometimes still competed for the contracts and grants that it provided to Dublin’s businesses and institutions. Dublin Castle could be chaotic and contradictory, but this produced opportunities as well as problems for many in the city.


Joe Curran is a Postdoctoral Researcher on Maynooth University’s PARISH (Preserving and Recording Ireland’s Sacred Heritage) Project. Before this he was an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow working on the project ‘An Urban History of Dublin Castle 1801-1923’.


Rose Barton, ‘Guards Parade at Dublin Castle’ (1894) (public domain).




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