You must make up your own mind with these stories, for as always, the devil is in the detail of a story well told.
Bang Bang roamed the streets of Dublin with a large key shooting anyone who caught his eye, and most people obligingly fired back.
Molly Malone may have been two women born centuries apart, or none at all, and anyway, Dubliners sing her praises at the drop of a glass, whoever she was.
A black pig prowled the streets of Dublin attacking unaccompanied women until a visiting blacksmith was mistaken for a woman walking on her own one wild and windswept night.
The devil himself came to the Hellfire Club in the mountains above Dublin as everyone knows, but why?
Was the female founder of Dr Steeven’s Hospital, the butchers’ hospital, really born with a pig’s head?
On Ireland’s Eye, a bathing wife turns up dead in the water, and her husband is charged with murder.
These and many more accounts of Dubliners and Dublin City fill this book, as told by Brendan Nolan, a professional storyteller who has been listening to and re-telling these tales for decades.
These are the stories of real Dublin, the stories that are passed from generation to generation and which give this city its unique character.
To know Dublin is to know its characters, their stories, and the legends that have grown up around them.