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January Teatime Talk: The 'state o’ chassis' in Sean O’Casey’s tenement world

Teatime Talks

Published 18 December 2020

Join us for our January Teatime Talk

For our first Teatime Talk of 2021, we’re delighted to invite Dublin City Council Historian in Residence for Dublin Central, Dr. Mary Muldowney to give an online talk about Dublin writer Seán O'Casey.

Read on below for more details and to book your place for this free talk.

The 'state o’ chassis' in Seán O’Casey’s tenement world

When: Wednesday 20th January at 7pm

Where: Online via Zoom

The Dublin Trilogy (The Shadow of a Gunman, Juno and the Paycock and The Plough and the Stars), the three plays for which Sean O’Casey is probably best remembered, are all set in tenement buildings during Ireland's revolutionary period. The plays were informed by his personal experience of involvement in the political upheavals of the time, as well as his understanding of the trauma of growing up in poverty, and living and writing in tenement rooms.

Mary Muldowney will discuss the historical background of the plays and Seán O’Casey’s activities during the period in which they were set, particularly his membership of the Irish Citizen Army.

Book your place now.

Dr. Mary Muldowney

Dr. Mary Muldowney is the Dublin City Council Historian in Residence for Dublin Central, including the north city and docklands areas which O’Casey describes so vividly in his autobiographies, Drums Under the Windows and Inishfallen, Fare Thee Well. Mary is the author of books, articles and other writing on a wide range of historical subjects. She is a member of the organising committee of the Irish Labour History Society and the Grangegorman Histories Working Group and regularly presents talks on different aspects of the history of Dublin Central.


How to join us online

The talks will take place online using Zoom, a free online meeting platform. You will need an internet connection and a compatible device (e.g. computer, laptop, iPad, tablet, phone) to access Zoom.

Please note, the Zoom link to the talk is contained in your confirmation email. If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling +353 1 524 0383.

Teatime Talks

Teatime Talks is a series of talks inspired by the history and people of 14 Henrietta Street. By listening and engaging with historians, experts, former tenement residents, local residents and their families, we continue to uncover and record the history of 14 Henrietta Street. Teatime Talks responds to the things we learn, to highlight hidden histories, elaborate on recurring themes and tell the stories of the house and its people.