Songs and Stories

There is no doubt that The Liberties holds a special affection for many Dubliners and in fact people from all over Ireland. But why the fascination? And why the allure and aura that seems to surround the area? Many locals will tell you that it’s because they are ‘the real Dubs’; that this is where the story of Dublin started over 1,000 year ago and unfolded. Certainly, The Liberties has an undeniable charm and character, largely focused on the people of the area and their social history and strong sense of community.

Songs and stories and personal histories are all around you on the streets of The Liberties. If you know where to look, you’ll find connections to some of the pivotal moments in Ireland’s history – the rebels and revolutionaries who marked the years of the 19th and 20th centuries. Uncover the layers of past communities such as Huguenots and Quakers who left an indelible legacy on the area. And discover the street characters of yesteryear, many of whom remain fondly remembered.

Raised on Songs and Stories...Heroes of Renown

The Blind Bard of The Liberties

Michael J Moran (ca. 1794 – 1846), popularly known as Zozimus, was an Irish street rhymer and resident of The Liberties.  Popularly known as the “Blind Bard of the Liberties” and the “Last of the Gleemen”. Stony Pockets and Bernard Warfield tell his story (video courtesy of www.storymap.ie).

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