In 1597 Dublin was ripped apart by a massive explosion that killed over 1% of the city’s population. This podcast looks at the background to the incredible events of March 1597. Set to the backdrop of  The Nine Years War when tensions ran high in Dublin as the English Army used the city as a key logistical base, this episode looks at how Dubliners struggled to survive in a world of massacres and war. This podcast also includes the story of Dublins earliest recorded strike!

The 9 years war is an immensely important conflict in Irish History, far greater in scope than I could do justice in this podcast. If you want to read more check out this article on the

For more on the background on the explosion read Colm Lennons articles

The Great Explosion in Dublin, 1597 Dublin Historical Record, Vol. 42, No. 1 (Dec., 1988), pp. 7-20

Dublin’s Great Explosion of 1597, History IrelandVol. 3, No. 3 (Autumn, 1995), pp. 29-34

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