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    • ISBN:9780340961292
    • Publication date:08 Nov 2007

Follow Me Down to Dublin

By Deirdre Purcell

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In Follow Me Down to Dublin, Deirdre Purcell takes to the streets of Dublin to meet those who inhabit her city and who, like her, love it.

In the course of conversation, she learns how her birthplace is viewed and remembered by a host of  Dubliners - from broadcasters to shop workers recalling showband days; by the city's writers, actors, historians and, most tellingly,  her ordinary folk who, with wit and fondness, share far from ordinary reminiscences,



Here are images of the clip-clop of Guinness drays, of thronged and opulent Corpus Christi processions, of penitential but sociable rounds of The Seven Churches on Holy Thursdays, of Jewish tailoring houses, of the gentle self-sufficiency of the Dublin Protestant - and of an intimate, impenetrable lingo spoken and understood only by those in the city's retail trade.



In words and pictures, we learn about the closure of the fabled Frawley's of Thomas Street -  a hugely emotional event for the staff and its heartbroken customers - about the ballroom of romance in the Broadway Café in O'Connell Street, about the blowing up of Nelson's Pillar and the devastating fire in Power's Distillery,  about Moore Street then and now, about the spread of the city into the 'new Dublins' of Finglas, Crumlin and beyond.



Dubliners featured include Dermot Bolger, Catherine Hogan, Peter Sheridan, Ronan Sheehan, Geraldine Plunkett, Aidan Mathews, Pat Liddy, Larry Gogan, Bernard Farrell, Deirdre McQuillan and Kevin Hough, all of whom agree that what makes the city special is the indomitable spirit of the Dubliner.



Follow Me Down to Dublin is a book to be savoured by Dublin's natives, her 'blow-ins', and by all who have enjoyed even a passing acquaintance with Anna Livia and her court.

Biographical Notes

Deirdre Purcell was born and brought up in Dublin, and educated there and in a County Mayo convent. Before turning to the writing of fiction, she lived through an eclectic set of careers, including acting, as a member of the permanent company of Ireland's National Theatre (The Abbey), and journalism for all media - for which she won Ireland's top awards.

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  • ISBN: 9780340992876
  • Publication date: 09 Apr 2009
  • Page count: 256
  • Imprint: Hachette Books Ireland
Fascinating ... entertaining ... filled with wonderful images of the capital in days of yore — RTE Guide
Wonderfully evocative ... wallows in the sights, sounds, smells, customs and characters of a largerly vanished city ... scores of good stories. — Irish Independent
An absorbing book that can be enjoyed by blow-ins just as much as jackeens — Sunday Business Post
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