Archive for November, 2010

Nice to see an eviction notice on the front of the Dail. It’s the work of Will St. Leger, who has previously brought us fake dosh featuring the mug of sports journo Bertie Ahern, the excellent ‘Famine and Byrne’ piece and more besides.

“It’s time we evict to lot of them, take back Leinster House and turn it into a hospital.”

On the subject of street artists, this spraypainted message in Ballymun looks great with the words of Damien Dempsey and Maser towering over it. The city is awash with stencils, stickers, slogans and anger.

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Workers Party protest, Belfast 1986. Image from Belfast Telegraph.

And she’s back! On display in Dublin, November 27 2010. Image from Lookleft Magazine Facebook.

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A day at the airport.

I was once on a Nitelink that just stopped on the way home from town because of snow. We hate the stuff, and don’t know how to deal with it. Waking up Saturday morning with a raging hangover (I’m 21 now, horray) I was off to the airport to catch a flight to Catalonia. Looking out the window, I knew I’d be spending more time in the airport than in the sky.

Below are a few things you can do to kill some time in the airport. It makes the whole thing a little more tolerable.

Go look at the angsty barstoolers:
There I am, sitting on my own reading The Phoenix annual when along comes Branno who I’m flying out with. “Head down there, Man United fans are going mad at the Guards!” We pop down for a look, and indeed they are. Green and gold scarves shout at the Guardians of the Peace, demanding that they make the snow feck off and the plane take off. It doesn’t work that way. Entertaining stuff.

Go for a pint: Everyone else has. All over the airport, delayed flight equals scoops. You can’t walk for all the abandoned pint glasses. Pint isn’t bad either.

Head for T2: If you want to go somewhere quiet and have a nap, this is a good bet. Let’s be honest, there’s nobody else there. Worth a look anyway.

Walk straight past the Gardaí: While waiting in a line to have our passport checked, we notice a number of automatic doors all around passport control opening whenever somebody on the far side gets close enough. Jesus H. Christ, how Irish is that?

Get yanks to buy you booze: The Duty Free area is a spectacle. Like dealers, every now and then you witness a native approach someone who looks like they’re heading a bit further than them. Money changes hands, and one can pick up a bottle of rum for next to nothing. Result.

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Thumped’s effort for the Christmas No. 1. Good luck lads. Christmastime In Dublin Town is available to buy from iTunes for 99c right now. Money raised from sales will be donated to a Wet Hostel in Dublin city centre.

Initiated as an experiment in collaboratively creating a killer pop tune for Christmas by Thumped member Shneaky 6pack, this thing sprouted legs and is now hurtling up the iTunes Irish Pop chart. Board members each wrote a line, with each having seen only the preceding line, and when 12 lines were written… well, listen for yourself..

The level of solidarity this project has inspired amongst the members of Irelands most significant fully Independent music website has been staggering ,with people from all corners and genres getting involved to try put the kibosh on the usual muck we are forcefed annually at this time of year.

So, this song might well be muck too – but it’s the PEOPLES muck!

Death to the record Industry… LONG LIVE MUSIC! (oh and MERRY FUCKING CHRISTMAS)

Love, Shneaky 6Pack & the Christmastime in Dublin Town Gang!

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Amazing. Absolutely amazing.

My favourite part is at 1:38 when an Irish citizen knocks out a Fianna Fail politician offering free cheese.

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I’d love to say I took the pictures below but alas, I’m just not that good. They belong to a bloke I’ve only ever known as Janer who I met whilst serving my apprenticeship with the punks. I came across the images when working on another project recently; I’d thought his specialty was gig photography but when I browsed his albums on pix.ie, I came across some stunning pieces of social photography which Janer has kindly given me permission to reproduce here.

Meet Trixie and Duke

The Reader

Amien's Street pint on Stephen's Day

 Its a hard thing to capture Dublin properly, but scrolling through the albums, be they pictures from gigs, reflective moments in pubs or images of Dublin streetscapes, Janer does a good job of it. 

Christy sneaking in a quick pint

Dusk on St. Ignatius' Road

Wednesday Pints


These images were all taken from different albums on Janers PunkRock profile, which can be found here.  Cheers to the lad for letting me stick these up.

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O commemorate me where there is water,
Canal water preferably
Greeny at the heart of summer. Brother…

O commemorate me with no hero courageous
Tomb – just a canal bank seat for the passer-by.

It may come as a surprise, it certainly did to me, that Patrick Kavanagh is commemorated by not one but two seats along Dublin’s Grand Canal.

The one that is known to most Dubliners and tourists is the bench which has a life sized statue of Kavanagh sitting on one side. This was made by the sculpture John Coll and was unveiled in June 1991 by Mary Robinson. It is situated on the north bank of the Grand Canal on Mespil Road.

Photo credit - Andrew B47 (FlickR)

The second statue predates the first by 23 years and was unveiled only a few month’s after the poet’s death. It is a simple ‘wood and granite’ seat that was designed by the artist Michael Farrell (1940 – 2000). A fantastic account of the fundraising and committee work that went into commissioning the seat can be read here. This seat is located on the South Bank at the Lock Gates close to Baggot Street Bridge.

The first and original 1968 bench (The Irish Times 2.2.68)

Every St. Patrick’s day, old friends and fans of Kavanagh gather at this bench to remember his life and read extracts of his work.

The 2007 gathering. (Photo credit - http://kavanaghseat.com/photos.html)

So, there you go. There are in fact two seats dedicated to the memory of Patrick Kavanagh on the Grand Canal. Let’s do our best not to forget the first. (Many thanks to the beautiful Kavanagh Seat website that first brought my attention to the above)

Now for a bonus question. Besides the canal seat, can you tell me where the only other statue to Patrick Kavanagh is in the world? Give up? Disneyland, Florida! I know, hard to believe but it’s true. There’s a statue to him, based on the Grand Canal seat, outside the Irish pub and restaurant, Raglan Road, at Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney in Orlando, Florida.

Disneyland, Florida. "Step inside Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant and you'll feel you've been transported to the Emerald Isles"

The Kavanagh statue outside Raglan Road restaurant, Disneyland. Photo credit - Eric J. Lubbers (FlickR)

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Some reflections on our first birthday….

dfallon: A lot can change in a year. Interestingly, it is exactly a year today since we began this blog. It emerged, as hxci reminded me, out of a conversation in The Flowing Tide. At a History Ireland Hedge School in Phibsboro, a member of the panel refered to Come Here To Me! To me as a “mix of the Communist Party of Ireland and Saint Patrick’s Athletic”. Certainly, both have been known to feature! Much else has too.

The city herself has changed a lot in a year. It’s been an infuriating few months. Dublin, in some ways, has taken a serious fall from grace. Yet the blog is a tribute to Dublin, and not just the back alleys and highstreets of Dublin 1 and 2.

Much thanks goes to others in the blogging community of course. Pue’s Occurrences, the excellent group history blog, invited us to partake in a symposium for example, at a time when we were still a relatively new blog. Others, in particular the Irish Election Literature Blog, have sent on wonderful material that ended up here.

On a personal note, the highlights have been the blogs engagements with what is often reffered to as ‘the real world’. The 1916 And After walking tour I provided in the capital is one example, but others have included an Irish Blog Awards nomination and occasional appearances in printed word publications. Here’s to another year.

hXci: One year on and all has changed, changed utterly. Not necessarily for the good either. As the country has sank deeper into the mire, we’ve done our best on here to provide a balance between history, music, football and social commentary to keep people’s minds off things. And considering we did this fairly off the cuff after having a discussion about it in the Flowing Tide, I don’t think we’ve done a bad job. We’ve come a long way in a year, I think it has taken that for us to find our feet, so hopefully this next year will only get better; it sometimes surprises me the kind of articles that take off and get large numbers of hits or comments, but it’s always a nice surprise.

Getting shortlisted in the Irish Blog Awards  after only being in existence a few short months was certainly one of the highlights of the year, but what really buoys me about this project is the amount of feedback we get on here as well as in the “real world.” We have close enough twice as many comments as we have articles  and if anything, that suggests an interested readership; if we can maintain that, I’ll be happy come 29th November 2011.

Support from the online community, everyone from the diehards on League of Ireland forums like thebohs.com to those on similar blogs like Cedar Lounge Revolution and Pue’s Occurrences has been pretty fantastic, as has the real world support from the likes of History Ireland and down to the people who over pints tell you that they enjoy what we’re doing, a major thanks to all of you.

Who knows what the next year might hold in store, but no doubt, you’ll be getting more of the same on here. All the best!

JCarax As already mentioned, this blog celebrates its first birthday today. We published our first article on the blog on November 29 2009.

The history of the blog goes back a little further than that. I managed to find an old email in my inbox from the 14 September 2009 entitled simply ‘we should start a blog together’ which I had sent out to DFallon and hxci. It’s fantastic to be able to look at the initial discussion about what we should focus on and what we should call the blog. (Some of the other suggestions were OneAndOne.wordpress.com, UpToNinety.wordpress.com and KeepSketch.wordpress.com)

The last year has been a great success and the numbers speak for themselves. 100,000+ views, 500+ posts and 1,000+ comments. The only reason this blog has worked is because of the fantastic interaction between the articles and readers. I probably can speak for the others as well when I say that we value comments a lot more than views.

I don’t feel I’m exaggerating when I say that CHTM! has opened up an online platform, for aspects of Dublin music, politics, history and football, that wasn’t there before. We’ve also worked hard to help upload pamphlets, pictures and music that might have been otherwise forgotten or left gathering dust forever.

Special thanks to Conor (Dublin Opinion), Ciaran (Cedar Lounge Revolution), Antrophe (Soundtracksforthem.com), anarchaeologist, Mark H., my uncles John F. and Donal M. and everyone else who have helped us along the way. Here’s to another 12 months.

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Highly relevant, catchy and almost forgotten single from Galway’s The Illdependents, a recording project of producer ‘Hazo’. This song came from the 1999 Back In The System EP.

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You took what was not yours,
went against your own bible,
you broke your own laws,
just to out do the rivals.

Damien Dempsey, Colony

"Greed is the knife and the scars run deep." Print from the recent Maser/ Damo collaboration at today's demo, as spotted by Comrade O'Carroll

Whilst the lyrics of the Damien Dempsey’s “Colony” refer to imperialist colonisers like England, Portugal and Spain, the above lyrics may just as well refer to our own dear leaders. Poisonous and clueless shower the lot of them.

With one third of CHTM nursing a bad headache from his birthday last night whilst on a plane to the Basque country for some football tourism, it was up to the remaining two thirds to take to the streets today, alongside an estimated 100,000 others. Irish media are using a figure of 50, 000 but I defy that, the ICTU demo last year had 120, 000 and this certainly came close to that. From my viewpoint, it took approximately an hour for the march to stream past before I joined in the left block towards the back. Impressive showing it has to be said. Lets get the same outside the Dáil on budget day.

(kudos to http://www.aaocarroll.org for the pic!)

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Come Here To Me has, in the past, covered the Dublin Fire Brigade strike of 1988 on numerous occasions. Examples would include this copy of Class Struggle from the period, and scans from the magazine of the British Fire Brigade Union (FBU) during the dispute.

Here, we bring you the logo of the new IFESA (Irish Fire And Emergency Services Association) trade union. It is one of the first breaks with SIPTU to emerge out of what many in the union see as its failings to protect and represent its workers in recent times. I don’t doubt there will be more.

Mark Hillard of the Tribune wrote a piece on the new union recently, available here. SIPTU had, rather shamefully, attempted to purge union members who wished to establish a new option. That option is there now.

Best of luck to the IFESA.

Excerpt from letter of general secretary:
It is undoubtedly the case that we are currently operating in the most challenging environment ever for workers and their representatives. However, this too will pass. We must identify our ambitions and aspirations for our members and for the community on the basis of immediate, short term, medium term and long term objectives. We must commit to you, our members, that we will pursue your issues, your claims and your concerns as instructed by you; without fear or favour.

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Remember when we marched TO the Dail?

Some interesting odds and ends today ahead of the demonstration in Dublin tomorrow against the austerity plans and the upcoming budget.

The Garda statement is available to read over here.

Recent experience has shown that while it is possible for thousands of people to assemble and march through the streets of Dublin in a dignified and civilised manner, there are individuals and groups who seek to exploit such events for their own ends. I want to reassure the community that Gardaí are both alert to and prepared for this possibility. While our policing plan is primarily focused on crowd safety, it will also aim to prevent any disruption of tomorrow’s demonstration. In addition we will gather evidence of any unlawful or criminal behaviour which might occur with the intention of bringing those responsible before the courts

ICTU, those not-so-great followers of Connolly, have produced a video calling on people to march. Connolly would have marched us miles away from the Dail it seems.

The Irish Times report on the demonstration gives a good idea of the route and plan.

Those taking part will assemble at 11.30am on Winetavern Street, Dublin and proceed along the north quays to the GPO on O’Connell Street where a rally will take place. There will be a programme of entertainment and speeches for about one hour. The master of ceremonies will be Irish Times columnist Fintan O’Toole and artists such as Christy Moore and Frances Black will perform.

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