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1 of 1 Joe Duffy goes back to the days of early Sinn Féin within the walls of one storied Dublin house.
Joe Duffy goes back to the days of early Sinn Féin within the walls of one storied Dublin house.

History's House: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio 1, 2.00pm

A couple of months ago, Joe Duffy came across an elderly woman, Pauline Cole-O’Kennedy, who had lived in luxury in a house on Mountjoy Square, Dublin in the 1930s. She had never been below stairs in the house because “that’s where the servants were.” Pauline played on rollerskates in the ballroom which is also where the first Dáil met, in secret, as Pauline’s father was a wealthy businessman who was also a Republican. Moreover, the house was a safe house for Sinn Féin leaders in the early '20s and one bedroom was reserved for Arthur Griffith.

The former residence is now a centre for adult learning and the experiences of such adults stands in some contrast with the privileged childhood of Pauline.Terry was thrown out of school at nine for telling a priest he was scaring the class with talk of ‘burning in hell.’ Nadia has just done her Leaving Certificate English so she can do a college course in events management.

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