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23 May 1995
As in Fionn and the Fianna. Mystical leader of band of gurriers
who roamed around ancient Ireland having adventures. Had their
headquarters on Howth Head. Fionns place of birth was unknown until
1992 when his birth certificate turned up in the Rotunda maternity
hospital(the oldest in the world), it was written in Ogham on a two
ton boulder in the back garden.
High King of Ireland who successfully drove the Viking invaders out
of Ireland in the Battle of Clontarf, leaving the Irish free to have
over a hundred years of freedom to fight amongst themselves. The name
Boru actually means tax collector, and kings traditionally
collected tax, which means that the high king was the chief tax collector.
Famous for asking the Norman warrior 'Strongbow' over to Dublin to
sort out a few feuds. When asked later on in his career did he
foresee the consequences of his actions i.e. 800 years of attempted
imperial domination, the near death of the Irish language, Potato
famines, Evictions, Religious strife, Deportations, the Troubles
etc., he replied "No, not really.".
Dean of St. Patricks Cathedral. Wrote "Gullivers Travels", a subtle
exposè of bureaucracy and petty politics in local government. On
receiving poor royalties for this his greatest work, took up script
writing for the cartoon T.V. series "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles",
which was made in Dublin by the Murakami Wolfe animation company.
Gave the word "Quark" to the English language, quite appropriate
since he could be quite strange too. Went to the same school as that
giant of twentieth century Irish literature Terry Wogan.
Any doubt to the Dublin credentials of this Mathematician were
dispelled when after thinking of one particularly good equation
(Quaternions) one day, decided that he should chisel it onto a
bridge over the Royal canal beside "U2 can be a Virgin Prune" and
"Big Tom & the Mainliners". He received the probation act.
Commonly known as father Michael Cleary. Devout Catholic priest who
disagreed with the use of artificial contraception.
Rock star famous for ripping up pictures
of John Travolta live on 'Top of the Pops' when the Boomtown Rats displaced him and O.N.J.
at number one. Something that he won't do again after seeing
'Pulp Fiction'. Went on to win world acclaim for his efforts to get
relief aid for Africa. However can never set foot in Dublin again
after getting Zig and Zag to leave Ray,Dustin and
Zuppy on the Den for his 'Big Breakfast Show' in England.
Blasphemous Dublin rock star who thinks he's bigger than John
Lennon, who was of course bigger (physically) than Jesus Christ.
Famous for inventing Bonospeak, a bizzare language used to confuse
foreigners, e.g. "If you're the C.I.A., or the B.B.C., or Dublin Bus,
or the Bank of Ireland, then treat those people well on Monday morning."
Rare auld Dublin 'character' who used jump onto the old busses and
pretend to shoot everyone, shouting the words "Bang!, Bang!", thus
scaring the shite out of old and young alike. Took early retirement
with the arrival of automatic bus doors.
'The Mad Woman in O'Connell Street'
Not to be confused with 'The Mad Woman with the Wooden Cross'.
Can be found standing on the spot where the Pillar doesn't, usually
singing and dancing in a not very erotic fashion.
Born in Westland Row Dublin, renowned the world over for his
acerbic wit. Some quips that are attributed to him include "If you
don't stop bleedin' lookin' at me bird I'll give ya a dig in the gob"
and the classic "Missus ya have a face like a bag a chisels".
Fulfilled his lifelong ambition by being
buried in the same graveyard as Jim Morrison in Paris.
Not only famous for being miserable, but also was miserable for
being famous, as well as Irish, mortal, and living longer than all
his peers. Would probably have been the worst person to choose as
a best man in the history of weddings.
Our best ever soccer player. Was called 'chippie' because he used to
eat a lot of chips, in fact when Liam went to Juventas many pundits
said it was because the Italians make the best chips in the world.
Had one of the best left foots in the game, unfortunately this was
accompanied by a right foot that was also one of the best left foots
in the game.
Arthur Wellesley a.k.a. The Duke of Wellington
Perhaps best known for having the only colonial monument that wasn't
blown up or taken down after the war of Independance, this Dub went
on to beat Napoleon and become Prime Minister of the U.K. However
Arthur was always loath to mention his city of birth, which may
explain why the 202 foot monolith was left standing in the Phoenix
Christy Brown Disabled writer and painter. Taught himself how to paint and type
using only his right foot. Died tragically by choking on a bone.
His life was dramatised on the big screen, by Dublin film mogal Jim
Sheridan. While the film "My Left Foot" went on to win critical
acclaim and a few Oscars, controversy still rages to this day about
certain artistic licences taken by the director who maintained that
the basic story hadn't changed.
Founder of modern Unionism, born in Harcourt Street. Although
totally committed to the Union with Britain, originally abhorred
the idea of partition. His house is now falling down, but the
government might fix it up as part of the peace process.
Writer, patriot and drinker. Brendan loved cities and described
them as places where it would be unlikely to be bitten by a wild
Garda in the Dublin of the 40's 50's and 60's. Was also keen amateur
boxer, and combined both talents in an attempt to boost community
relations. Always mentioned by older people in conversations about how
people were much happier in the old days, and how it was safe to
walk the streets back then, unless of course Lugs got you.
Never existed in real life, but got eaten by rats in 'Strumpet City'
so deserves a mention. Went on to marry Teasy in Glenroe.
Not a true Dub by any stretch of the imagination, but what the hell.
Unlike Heisenberg, who probably didn't, Schroedinger came to live in
Clontarf during the 'Emergency' (World War II). Helped DeValera set
up the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Liked the place enough
to stay until the late fifties. Had strong vivisectionist tendancies,
half killed his cat with thought experiments.
Poet, I think. Don't know much about him, apart from his impressive name.
Gang leader with an incredible sense of the obscure. Love him or
hate him, everyone has some story about something he did or was
supposed to have done. The cops hated him and harrassed him around
the clock. Was one of the last people (hopefully) to be killed by
Famous for doing the unthinkable, he criticises Jack Charlton. In fact
Eamonn gives out about most people (except Johnny Giles) but some
things are sacred in Ireland. Played football for Millwall and has
a very distinctive voice which is easy to imitate. Ruined everybodys
world cup by not going on T.V. to give out. Come back Eamonn.
One of two only real 'Dubliners' in this list. More famous than the
others in the band because he has a park and a bridge named after him.
Had a lot of red hair and sang like an angel (compared to
Although Phil will go down in history as the man who married the
daughter of the Englishman who presented the British version of
the American game show 'The Price is right'. Others remember him as
the lead singer and bass player with Thin Lizzy, the Irish rock band
that changed the country forever. His ambition was to be the Lord
Although strictly speaking a culchie, being the president means
that you have to live in the Capital. Keeps a light burning
in her window for all the emigrants scattered around the world.
Has promised that if she is elected for a second term, she will
explain what diaspora means.
The Lion in the M.G.M. logo
Yes, believe it or not, born and bred in Dublin 8 in the Zoo in
the Phoenix Park. Although the Lions acting career reached the
dizzy heights of Hollywood, it ended sordidly and abruptly when the
news broke of his involvement in sickening 'Kitty-Porn' films made
in Amsterdam when he was younger. Since starting this page I've
been told that there is a possibility that it may only be the roar
that comes from the Dublin Lion, used with the film of another
(presumably better looking) cat, -only in Hollywood.
Thom McGinty a.k.a. The Diceman
Another honorory Dub. Thom, originally from Scotland, became
famous for walking slowly up and down Grafton street on Saturday
afternoons, while the good natured citizens of the fair city tried
to stab cigarettes out on his forehead in vain attempts to get a
reaction. When Thom died in Feb.'95 his coffin was paraded down
The man who brought the Dublin Gaelic Football of the 70's to
many notible victories over the Kerrymen, and then didn't in
the 80's. Destined to immortality in the chant:
"The Jacks are back,
The Jacks are back,
Let the railway end go barmy,
Has never seen,
The likes of Heffos army."
Turkey and runner up in the last presidential election. Has such
a highly developed sense of humour that only inhabitants of the
city think he's funny, this makes him safe from
Bob Geldof. Has strong personal doubts as to the existance
of County Leitrim.
Another non-Dub. Famous for being mutinied on the Bounty. Get's a
mention here because he commissioned the building of the North Bull
wall, to make the Liffey dig its own deep water channel. However,
this caused a build up of silt on the north side of the wall, which
in turn became Bull Island, where of course thousands of Dubliners
have been conceived in the back seats of cars on a Saturday night.
Apparently the man who brought sex to Ireland (leaving the drugs
and rock & roll for Phil Lynnot to look after). Gay was the man
who introduced the Beatles on their first television
appearance. Now hosts the longest running T.V. chat show in the
world. Returning emigrants can work out when they were last in the
country by the change in his hair colour.
Dublin merchant who brought the exotic delights of the far east
to the city. He sold produce from China, Taiwan, Great Britain
(not the country but the village they renamed). The only man to
go to if you needed small plastic pencil tops, gonks, pencil cases
in the shape of a pencil, etc. When Hector died, they buried him
in a 20 foot torch shaped coffin that could also be used as a soup
I don't know where he started off in life, but this patron saint
of love and romance ended up in Dublin. His body is on permanant
display in Whitefriar street church. In fact if you have never
visited Dublin before, next February the 14th might be the ideal
time to come on a romantic visit, especially if you and your
loved one enjoy gawking at rotting corpses.
The man with a voice that has to be heard to be believed. Still
hammering out tunes with the Dubliners. Personal friend of
Dustin the Turkey, and Shane McGowan, Ronnie still makes number one records,
although rumour on the street has it that his addiction to Johnston
Mooney and O'Brien bread is worsening.
Petite, very beautiful Dublin singer. Also uses her mouth to get
herself into a lot of peoples bad books, still, manages to compensate
for this by making great music. Says that she is only ever attracted
to men that treat her badly (just in case you ever meet her).
Another mythical Irish leader. Some scholars maintain that he is
merely an Irish version of the Arthurian legend. In both versions
the belief is that the leader is not dead, merely sleeping, only to
awaken when their country needs them again.
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