Advertisement

Hidden Histories: Chester Beatty

It's 70 years since one of the world's most exciting and remarkable culture collections was born ...

Share this article

12.59 30 Aug 2020


Hidden Histories: Chester Beatty



Share this article

12.59 30 Aug 2020


It's 70 years since one of the world's most exciting and remarkable culture collections was born - not in one of the world's major metropolises, but actually here in Ireland.

We're talking about the Chester Beatty Library, on the grounds of Dublin Castle, set up in 1950.

It's a fascinating story for several reasons - firstly because of how a single collector managed to assemble such an amazing trove of materials - but also because of how an American mining millionaire ended up settling in Ireland and gifting his treasures to the State.

So how exactly did a personal friend of Winston Churchill end up receiving an Irish state funeral after donating such an amazing collection?

To discuss further, Donal Fallon joined Gavan Reilly this week for another episode of Hidden Histories.

Listen and subscribe to On The Record with Gavan Reilly on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify.

    

Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App.

  

You can also listen to Newstalk live on newstalk.com or on Alexa, by adding the Newstalk skill and asking: 'Alexa, play Newstalk'.


Read more about

Chester Beatty Chester Beatty Library Donal Fallon Dublin Castle Hidden Histories Winston Churchill

Related Episodes

FAI fine 'should have been def...

00:06:43

FAI fine 'should have been defended' - Wolfe Tones singer

The Hard Shoulder Highlights

00:06:43


Christmas Away from Home

00:11:47

Christmas Away from Home

The Hard Shoulder Highlights

00:11:47


Dan McDonnell | 'Normal life'...

00:27:54

Dan McDonnell | 'Normal life' in Qatar, who will win the quarter-finals? And was Martin O'Neill right?

OTB Football

00:27:54


'The truth is now out' - US la...

00:09:23

'The truth is now out' - US labs and HSE admit liability in case of Irene Teap

The Hard Shoulder Highlights

00:09:23