Meet your tour guide - John Brien, a worker at the Guinness Brewery. The year is 1911. The city is alive with horses and carts, shoeless newspaper boys, screeching rusty wheels, determined street performers and balladeers.
From the mid-1990s until 2007, Dublin knew good times. Before then, there were mostly bad times! Horrendous times! Whiskey and spirit-drinking cursed the nation. This was a Dublin where 50 people shared a toilet and 1/3 of Dublin families lived in a single room. A Dublin where well of over a thousand prostitutes loitered the streets. And right beside one of the gates to the ancient city was an abandoned brewery which a man called Arthur Guinness purchased in 1759.
And the tale of that Dublin is blacker still!
Join John Brien on his way to work from St. Patrick's Cathedral, through the Liberties, to the brewery itself. Listen to him retell of the Dublin you never knew existed:
The characters, like Zozimus, the blind balladeer who was as much a part of Dublin as the river Liffey.
The myths and facts of Guinness. Join us on this Halloween warm up evening special running all week for 2012
MEETING POINT :St Patricks Cathedral (entrance to park on Patrick St)