Live, online Dublin history & architecture Zoom talks

last June, largely in response to the Covid crisis and to restrictions on movements and meeting, Dublin Decoded ran our first series of online history and architecture “virtual tour-talks” using the Zoom platform.    The response was hugely positive and very heartening!  We are delighted to now announce a second series.

Over these 4 new talks we’ll look at four more areas of Dublin.  This time our first three talks focus on the fscinating areas of Portobello Tuesday 6th of October; Rathmines (13th Oct); Ballsbridge (20th Oct), and finally our last talk on Tuesday 27th focuses on an area of the historic Liberties, and is on the area from Blackpitts, through Newmarket and Weaver Square, to Cork Street and the Coombe.    In all of these talks walks we will look at the most beautiful and notable architecture in each area, including many fine Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and Modern building (including Dutch Billes in the Liberties, and some Art Deco gems in Rathmines!)  All this architecture and design history will be mingled with unexpected fragments of history; including notes on politics, religion, poverty, philanthropy, literature, history and revolution.   No previous knowledge of Dublin architecture, or history, is required to enjoy these tours however.  All are welcome!

These talks are not virtual tours in the literal sense of a live camera, wandering along the streets.  They are instead highly informative yet accessible discussions,  richly illustrated, dynamic slide-talks:  designed and researched by guide, writer and local historian Arran Henderson of Dublin Decoded tours.  The talks are delivered live – via the medium of a Zoom call.   Attendance is ticketed.  As well as seeing and listening to Arran deliver the material live on Zoom, each talk contains a rich and varied succession of contemporary and archival photographs, of historic maps, old topographical prints and engravings, each image chosen to shed light on aspects of the city’s history and architecture.   You will find that, in each of our chosen areas, there are many, many such layers!

Each talks takes place at 2PM each Tuesday in October (2020).  Tickets go live this week (please see links below).  Tickets are €14, per talk, plus a small booking fee.  It’s also possible to buy a Four-in-One ticket which is slightly discounted and convenient, and which grants access to all four talks.   (Four-in-One ticket holders will receive four separate email invitations, one on the day of each talk, with a link to each Zoom talk).    TTickets should be purchased at least 2 hours before the talk, at a minimum, ideally earlier.   For obvious reasons,  our Four in One tickets are only available until 2 hours before the start of the first talk.

Whenever you purchase tickets, you will receive a simple confirmation email, as soon as your purchase is complete.   Then, on the day of the talk itself however,  all ticket -holders will receive a second, more important email invitation.  This email contains your link to the Zoom talk.   This invitation email will only arrive in your mailbox between 1PM and 1.15PM Irish time, on the day of the talk.   You should press on the link within to join the Zoom call.   Please do so anytime from 1.45PM to 1.55PM Irish time.  As a courtesy to other guests, we ask you to log in lease at least 5 minutes prior to the start time,  so we can begin at 2PM sharp.

Here are the new dates and topics for our October Zoom Talks.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday 6th October, 2PM: Rathmines Zoom Talk, ticket here.

Tuesday 13th October, 2PM: Portobello Zoom Talk, ticket here.

Tuesday 20th October, 2PM: Ballsbridge Zoom Talk, ticket here.

Tuesday 27th October, 2PM: Blackpitts to the Coombe Zoom Talk, ticket here.

OR: Tues 6th to Tues 27th:  purchase the Four-in- one ticket, for all of the same four talks listed above, 2PM every Tuesday in October: Four-in- one ticket, available here.

 

Important Notice on how to access the Zoom Talk. 

In our first Zoom talk, back on Tuesday 2nd June, 51 of our 52 ticket holders successfully managed to join the call.   Please don’t be caller number 53!   Please read the following notes and tips, to ensure a smooth and stress free experience on your Zoom history talk….    

1- When you purchase your ticket or tickets, you will receive a confirmation email for each purchase.  This however is only a confirmation.  It does not contain the links to access the Zoom talks.  The link containing your Zoom invitation is only generated later, on the day of the talk itself.  It will be sent to you in a second, separate email just 45- 60 minutes prior to the talk.

2- Therefore,  if you have purchased a ticket, please check your email just 45 minutes (only)  before the talk commences, on the day of the talk.   Please remember also that the email may not arrive into your Primary email folder.   Please therefore check all email folders, including (on Gmail for example) your “Social”, “Forum” and “Updates” folders please?

3- Please also remember, to refresh your email page every few minutes, in case the link arrives by email while you are looking for it?

4- Once you see the email, please press the link in that email to join our Zoom call, any time up to 1.45PM Irish time (14.44).   The talk proper begins 2pm sharp. We would ask guests to ideally press the email link at least 5 minutes before the start of each call, just to avoid delays for other guests?   Thank you.

5- Etiquette: Once commenced, each talk lasts approx 60 – 75 minutes.  Guests’ computer microphones will be un-muted at the beginning of the talk, but then muted (by the host) for the duration of the talk itself.  Microphones will be un-muted again after the end of the 60 minute talk, for a further 10-20 minutes for a Q&A.  (As a point of etiquette, there is of course no necessity to stay on for this Q&A section, unless you wish to, guests are welcome to leave the call at any time.  No offense will be taken, honestly!    🙂

We hope some of you can join us the ticket links to the remaining talks are all above.

We look forward to seeing you on Zoom!

Arran Henderson   |   Dublin Decoded.

River Talk 5 image Talk 5

10 comments

    1. That’s fantastic to hear Mike. Great to have you on board! By the way, when it comes time to do the Parnell Sq- Broadstone- Grangegorman tour, in week-4, you might even (ahem) recognise some of the photos!
      🙂
      See you online next Tuesday! And thank you for the support.
      -Arran.

  1. The links for each online-talks does not work and could not book the ticket for 2nd of June((( Could you check the links and booking pages, please?

    1. Hi Junona, thank you very much for bringing this to my attention. You were absolutely right, the link for the 5-talk tickets worked, but as you rightly said, the links for individual tickets did not work. I’m very sorry about that inconvenience. We have now corrected the error, and fixed the link. Please click again on the link for the individual talk you wish to book, it should go through to the ticket page now. My apologies, and my thanks again. -Arran Henderson | Dublin Decoded Tours.

      1. Thanks Arran! You fixed it 🙂 And I booked a ticket and I’m happy! Looking forward to see and listen!)

      2. My pleasure! Thanks for letting us know about the broken link. That was an important piece of information! I’m delighted you are joining the talk. Thank you for booking. Great to have you on board!

  2. Hi Arran, I was hoping to book the 5 talks but trying yesterday & today the links for the all in one ticket do not work. The single ticket links do work. Please advise if there is a way of booking for all 5 today or will I just buy a ticket for the first one for now? Thanks.

    1. Hi Karol, we emailed and then rang you there earlier. Great to speak to you in person, and I’m delighted you got booked in for all 5 talks in the end.
      See you on Zoom Tuesday!
      – Arran.

  3. Just joined you today for the first time, Arran. Thanks so much for a great tour of the Capel St. area. I am a historian from the US, wrote a book about the emergence of the modern Irish women’s religious orders, and spent a considerable amount of time doing research in the George’s Hill Presentation convent with the good sisters there. It was pure pleasure to see George’s Hill again, especially the order’s beautiful chapel, and to “walk” the streets I remember so fondly from the late 80s. Looking forward to the final two tours!

    1. Mary, I’m absolutely thrilled you were on the call today, thanks so much for joining us!
      I wish I had known about your experience and expertise here in Dublin, and your book about the convent orders. You are a genuine expert. Unlike today’s speaker! (All I was trying to do of course was give an introduction to the whole area, which is so historically rich, and so layered) But If i had known in advance- and if I had had your permission- then I most certainly would have invited you to speak to the group for a few minutes on the George’s Hill Presentation Convent!
      We had a lot of expertise on that call today, quite a lot of doctors, authors and PhDs. I’m always surprised, if i am quite honest) and always very humbled how many brilliant, clever people we get joining these talks every week (and my walking tours through the years)
      I would love to get more input from the guests. Your own expertise is a really good example/ case in point.
      Next week, I am hoping I can persuade another brilliant guest fro today to speak (next week): a lady who (I THINK) worked as pathologist in a the old morgue in the Sr Brendan’s complex. ( I hope I did not misunderstand and misquote her: but that is my current understanding anyhow)
      Fingers crossed anyway!
      Thanks so much for finding us, and being part of it all.

      very warm wishes from Dublin
      -Arran.

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