Hopkins, Frank  

Rare Old Dublin: Heroes, Hawkers and Hoors


ISBN: 9781860231544 Category:


Pirates executed in St Stephen's Green; Mother Bungy's Sink of Sin in what is now Temple Bar; the Viking thingmote in College Green where human sacrifices took place; hidden holy wells under the city streets: these are just some of the things uncovered by Dubliner Frank Hopkins in this surprising and entertaining book. 


Famous sons and daughters of the city also make an appearance: 


John Pius Boland of the famous milling family, who won two Olympic medals for tennis in 1896, playing in street clothes and leather shoes; Jack Langan, the bare-knuckle boxer of Ballybough; Sir William Cameron, the public health specialist who devised a bounty scheme for captured houseflies in 1913; and the Dolocher, the savage eighteenth-century beast in the form of a pig who turned out to be a man.


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ISBN 9781860231544



About the Author

Frank Hopkins grew up in Ringsend and now lives with his family in Rathfarnham. He contributes a twice-weekly piece on Dublin history and characters to the Evening Herald and is the author of Rare Old Dublin, published in 2002 by Marino Books.