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It’s a big con job. We have sold the myth of Dublin as a sexy place incredibly well; because it is a dreary little dump most of the time. Roddy Doyle
Dublin university contains the cream of Ireland: Rich and Thick. Samuel Beckett
Dear, dirty Dublin. James Joyce, Dubliners: A Little Cloud
When I die, Dublin will be written in my heart. James Joyce
Madam President, speaking here in Dublin Castle it is impossible to ignore the weight of history, as it was yesterday when you and I laid wreaths at the Garden of Remembrance. Queen Elizabeth II
Dublin 1916: Uniformed and armed rebels of the Irish volunteers and the Irish citizen army under James Connolly stormed into this magnificent building … New documents that we have seen do indicate that the British government had good intelligence on what was about to happen. Document: 11/03/13, BBC Radio 4
Dublin: the capital of Ireland. Nowadays a vibrant city of culture. But behind the bustling facade violent gangland killings have transformed it into the murder capital of Europe. Dublin’s brutal gangland culture evolved from the shadow of the troubles – a bloody civil war that tore apart the north of Ireland. For thirty long years. Out of the chaos emerged a new breed of mobster who copied terrorist techniques and amassed huge fortunes from armed robberies and kidnapping. Others made money from the drugs trade. Britain’s Underworld: Dublin Gangland, National Geographic 2010
Dublin was now facing up to a new unprecedented crisis: the city’s impoverished estates had become awash with drugs, in particular heroin. ibid.
‘Jesus Christ, if I could feel like this every day, I can take on the world. It was very empowering.’ Dublin Narcos s1e1: Ordinary Decent Criminals, addict, Sky Showcase 2023
Larry Dunne was the Al Capone of Dublin from the last seventies to the mid-eighties … He created a huge consumer base. ibid.
‘Heroin started to spread around Dublin like wildfire.’ ibid.
‘Dublin’s sudden heroin epidemic is now threatening the very lifestyle of the city.’ ibid. UK news
‘Then for two and half hours it was euphorious. You are up there with the clouds, or up there with the gods.’ Dublin Narcos s1e2: The Entrepreneurs
‘Ecstasy took over all of a sudden … It was a recipe for disaster.’ ibid.
‘It became bigger and more organised.’ ibid. Dealer
‘The heroin just took over.’ ibid.
Veronica Guerin on Dublin’s new young criminals, high on champagne and cocaine. Dublin Narcos s1e3: The Untouchables, newspaper article
Dublin’s drugs squad has identified a new breed within the established breed of the narcotics hierarchy … Cocaine is held in special affection. ibid.
‘Drugs really took hold of Dublin City in the 1980s.’ ibid.
It was the biggest mass murder in Britain or Ireland. 33 people died: why has nobody ever been charged? First Tuesday: Hidden Hand: The Forgotten Massacre, RTE/Yorkshire TV 1993
Ask about the Dublin and Monaghan bombs of May 1974 and the response will be hazy. It was the worst atrocity of the troubles yet it’s almost been forgotten. ibid.
A terrorist atrocity forgotten by most yet unique among the history of the Anglo-Irish conflict. ibid.
26 were killed in Dublin, 253 injured. ibid.
All eight [suspects] were members of the Ulster Volunteer Force, a loyalist terrorist force. ibid.
‘I didn’t think at the time and I don’t think now that any loyalist group could have done this on their own in 1974.’ ibid. investigating rozzer
In December 1972 two car bombs exploded in Dublin killing two people. ibid.