The Lamplighters of the Phoenix Park BOOKED OUT James and Frank Flanagan in conversation with Donal Fallon

  • Saturday 11th November @ 2:00 pm
  • Farmleigh House
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    The Phoenix Park is Ireland’s best-known park. Each day, hundreds of people come into the park to work within what is the largest walled park in Europe. Every night, the gas lamps that line the park are lit – a tradition passed down through generations of one family: the Flanagans. Join brothers James and Frank Flanagan in conversation with broadcaster and historian Donal Fallon about their new book The Lamplighters of the Phoenix Park (Hachette Ireland).


    Photo by: Luke Fallon

    Brothers James and Frank Flanagan grew up beside the Phoenix Park in Dublin. They have worked as lamplighters in the Park throughout their lives, carrying on a family tradition since Victorian times.




    Photo by: RTE

    Donal Fallon is the presenter of the Three Castles Burning podcast, which explores the social history of the Irish capital. As a broadcaster he is a regular contributor to Newstalk and RTE television (including Brainstorm, The Way We Were and The Liffey). Formerly Historian in Residence to Dublin City Council, his publications include 14 Henrietta Street: From Tenement to Suburbia (Dublin, 2021) and Three Castles Burning: A History of Dublin in Twelve Streets (Dublin, 2022), winner of the Easons Readers Favourite Book of 2022.