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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

History course explores Dublin's unsavoury past

Here's an unusual class that may be of interest to Dublin-based researchers eager to discover what life was like for their ancestors.... really, really like... the ugly, unsavoury stuff, too.

It's presented by historian Donal Fallon, one of the trio behind the award-winning blog Come Here To Me (one of very few blogs I follow), and looks at the late 19th and early 20th century social history of the capital. Called Hidden Dublin: From the Monto to Little Jerusalem, the class examines issues such as the city's history of prostitution, working class childhoods, labour agitation and life in the tenements, and aims to explore the lives of the forgotten and marginalised, including women and children.

Half the course is in the classroom, and the other half is on the streets, with four walking tours of the city and suburbs.

It runs for four Tuesdays and four Saturdays, with the classes being held on Tuesday evenings (7:30pm–9:30pm) at UCD Bellfield Campus, and the walking tours at the weekend from 11am to 1pm.  It starts on 11 February.

The cost is €155.

The course reference code is AE-HN267. You can get further details, and book online, on the UCD Adult Education Department website.