The Little Museum of Dublin has brought history to life with 15 short films covering nugget-sized pieces of Ireland’s history. This week’s topic is Lord Horatio Nelson victor of the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 and the subject of Nelson’s Pillar on O’Connell Street which was bombed by the Irish Republican Army in 1966.
This series of stories, "The Little History of Dublin," tells the story of this great city in 15 bite-sized clips. Made with the generous support of Aer Lingus and the Department of Foreign Affairs, the films are now finding a global audience on IrishCentral.
Presented by ‘Professor’ Jamie Harrington – proud young Dub and YouTube sensation – the films cover subjects as diverse as Alfie Byrne, Maureen O’Hara and Switzer’s Department Store.
The Little Museum, voted the number one museum in Dublin on Yelp, is located on St. Stephen’s Green, in a beautiful Georgian building. The collection, created by public donation, reveals the history of the city over more than 100 years, from Queen Victoria’s visit to U2’s global success. Entry to the museum is by guided tour only and most tours sell out.
This week’s clip focuses Lord Nelson, a British flag officer in the Royal Navy. He was noted for his inspirational leadership, superb grasp of strategy, and unconventional tactics, all of which resulted in a number of decisive naval victories, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. Nelson was shot and killed during his final victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
A statue dedicated to the Lord, Nelson’s Pillar, was completed on O’Connell Street in 1808. The statue survived the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence and several decades more until the Irish Republican Army (IRA) allegedly bombed the monument.
Speaking about this series of clips Museum Director Wissame Cherfi explained that “The idea was to create a series of videos that are fun and informative. I’ve always thought that the best way to learn and remember something is to have fun while doing it. We also wanted the films to be accessible to a broad audience, reaching young and old alike.”
“Casting Jamie Harrington as the main character in the films was instinctive,” says Wissame, “as I have worked with Jamie on a couple of projects in the past and I knew he was the right fit. His natural talent allowed us to experiment a lot in terms of directing and creating the right character so that everyone can relate to him.”
“We had great fun making these films and we really hope you'll enjoy watching them – and that you will, hopefully, learn something new about Dublin's rich history.”
For more information visit www.littlemuseum.ie.
Here’s British Movietone footage on the bombing of the statue on O’Connell Street: