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Dublin Dockers Preservation Society Exhibition

The Dublin Dock Workers Preservation Society will host a series of talks on the local history and heritage of the Dublin Docklands. The society is dedicated to preserving the history of Dublin Docklands, to honour those who worked in Dublin Docks and in the surrounding dockland industries.

As part of the St Patrick’s Festival weekend, EPIC and The chq Building present a special free event by the Dublin Dock Workers Preservation Society, with guest speakers Joe Mooney and Ann Matthews, at the Galleria in The chq Building from 3:00 – 5:00pm on 18th of March. Tickets are free but limited to 100 guests. Click here to book via Eventbrite.

The Dublin Dock Workers Preservation Society will also host an exhibition in The chq Building from 10th – 27th March which is free to attend.


Joe Mooney (Dublin Dockworkers Preservation Society & the East Wall History Group) will present his talk WAR & PEACE and the Dublin Docklands. It will take a look at a century and a half of human conflict, highlighting connections with the Dublin Docklands, which will include the local man who fought in the American War of Independence, before returning to Dublin to write a classic memoir.

An American Civil war recruiting office beside the Liffey. The Fenian who raided Britain and planned to lead a revolution, but was betrayed and exiled to Australia where he became a newspaper owner. The local men who lost their lives in submarine attacks in both World Wars, and the extraordinary seaman who testified at the Nazi War crime trials.

The Rich History of the Parish of St. Laurence O’Toole will be presented by the celebrated historian, author, and playwright Ann Matthews. Born and reared in the North Wall her passion for research on a national and local (North Wall) level is truly outstanding. Her books include Renegades, Dissidents, The Irish Citizen Army and The Kimmage Garrison. Her plays include Lockout and Madame de Markievicz on Trial. As a historian Mathews has worked extensively in researching the origins and history of the Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland from the 1920s – 1990s. More recently she completed research on the history of the St. Laurence O’Toole parish in North Wall.

Both talks should provide an eye-opening and insightful account of the rich social history of Dublin’s docklands that has been slowly disappearing in recent years.