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At home to UCD last Thursday night and I get a phone call half an hour before kick off from a good mate of mine, a through and through Rovers man (I only hold it against him on match days.) I thought there was something wrong, knowing he should be on his way to the Bray game but luckily, no, he just wanted to tell me about the below; spotted on the old Canada Life building on Stephen’s Green, a brilliant piece… Props to the Dunster lad!

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This would actually look amazing... (Image copyleft hXci)

All I really know about Zeppelins is that they have a propensity to explode spectacularly and that there was one in an Indiana Jones film but have to admit, the thoughts of getting one out to a game in UCD would make a normally horrible evening a little more bearable. Plus, “Night Zeppelin” sounds way cooler than “Night Bus.” If only…

Better than it lying idle! (Image copyleft hXci)

Anyways, to whoever put the planning application up, I salute you. You brightened up my evening!

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Tribute to Harry Clarke, stained glass artist (1889-1931)

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Close up of plaque. Notice bulletholes in stonework.

One of the great mysteries of O’Connell Street for me was always the location of this Cathal Brugha plaque I’d seen photographed. Showing an English visiting friend around Fortress Dublin last week, I was surprised to find it right above Burger King. It’s a small plaque and easy to miss, but a great one to a fascinating character.

Brugha’s plaque was once a vanishing one, as this Irish Press report from 1934 notes:

Cathal Brugha, or Charles Burgess as he was first known before changing his name upon joining the Gaelic League, is one of the most celebrated characters of the revolutionary period. Educated at Belvedere and company director at Lalor’s candle factory on Ormond Quay, he famously survived a grand total of 25 injuries sustained in the 1916 rebellion.

It was out of the building marked by the plaque today that Brugha emerged during the Civil War, a leading figure in the Anti Treaty IRA who had refused to surrender, as ordered. The excellent recently released History of Cathal Brugha Barracks noted that Brugha appeared from the doorway of the building, revolver in hand, and was hit by a snipers bullet from the Findlater’s building. I noted here in a previous article on Nurse Linda Kearns that:

Linda Kearns witnessed the wounding of Cathal Brugha, who had refused to surrender to the forces of the new state. She held his severed artery between her fingers as he was driven to hospital, but he would die two days later. Cumann na mBan activists stood guard over Brugha when his body lay in state.

In a great write-up for sadly lost Tribune, Valerie Shanley put it all beautifully when she noted how the revolutionary history of the city is to be found in a very different one today.

fI the events of Dublin’s rebel past were transported to the modern capital, the result would have a Flann O’Brien touch of the surreal. The Irish Volunteers would be ensconced in the Ambassador cinema, which is now a gig venue; the 1916 leaders fleeing the GPO would emerge from the Swarovski crystal shop on Henry Street; and Cathal Brugha would be shot coming out of Burger King on O’Connell Street.

Notice the bullet holes in the stone work around Brugha’s plaque today. Next time you pass Burger King, look up!

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I’ve already done two posts of street art stickers around the city (1), (2) but the third one is a little unusual in that I’ve put it to music and YouTube’d it. These all come from the Shed End Invincibles and other Saint Patrick’s Athletic supporters stickers.

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Well done FAI, take a bow.

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This is an interesting watch, from Senator David Norris. He seems to debunk much of what you’ve probably heard said about his views on the issues. They’re hardly the pressing issues of the day, granted.

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They’ve done it again. Last nights clash between Northern Ireland and Wales at Lansdowne Road reminded me of one of those ‘how many sweets are in this jar?’ competitions. Having been at a League of Ireland match the night before, no effort was made by the FAI to sell tickets to the League of Ireland faithful who found themselves without their standard Friday night kickabout to attend.

A pity. I think it’s safe to say this cup is now relegated to the dustbin of history?

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Its always good to see one of your own do well, so watching this evening’s epic encounter (tongue firmly in cheek) between the FAI and the IFA, I mean the Republic and North of Ireland, it put a smile one my face seeing Stephen Ward make his full international debut. To see him score on his debut made that smile even bigger. An ex-Bohs man scoring on his full international debut,  I feel strangely proud.

This year has seen LOI exports take on granny rule imports for places in the Ireland squad, with Ward, Keith Fahey and Seamus Coleman who plied their trade in our league until recently making the breakthrough on an international level alongside the likes of Lawrence, Cox and Folan. Its just a pity that it seems to take that trip across the water in order to get an international call up. Glenn Crowe, will we see your likes again?

(Apologies for the big “Sportsfile” scrawled across Stephen’s face… It was the only decent pic I could find… Any opinions on who is doing better? The imports or the exports?)

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This Friday sees the Haul For Nepal art auction and gig up in The Sugar Club. It is taking place to benefit the Irish run charity ‘The Umbrella Foundation’ based in Kathmandu.

The event kicks off at 7.30 in The Sugar Club, with a tenner door tax all benefiting the charity. Maser, Will St Leger, Sums and Morgan all have exclusive work up for grabs on the night. They have all featured on this site in the past due to their efforts to make the walls of Dublin a bit less boring.

Followed by a late show with DJs Billy Scurry, Johnny Moy, Liam Dollard, Morgan, Aidan Kelly and DJ Scope. It promises to be a good night for a great cause.

New Maser print for the night, 100 available.

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Great stuff as ever from TradeUnionTV, this video shows the rally in support of events in Spain at the moment. Hundreds of Spanish people living in Dublin, joined by supporters, showed their support for those protesting in the streets and squares of Spain.

When’s our chance?

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Two extremes.

While Sean Stewart’s incredible miss in the Leinster Senior Cup against Athlone seems to have gone viral, even making it to the Metro UK, and getting reuploaded onto YouTube with foreign titles like the version below, his cracking goal on the night has recieved a fair whack of views too. Check these both out:

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It really seemed to be one of those catchphrases in the run up to the visit. The visit would lead to euro notes growing on trees and coins spewing out tourists arses. Well, having had an English tourist sleeping on my couch for the last few days, I can tell you that the QEII visit was far from “great for tourism.” While he got some cracking shots of Dublin City’s landmarks, most were marred with lines of luminous jackets in front. He got little sleep due to the incessant buzz of the Garda helicopter hovering low across the city, awoken early by Garda spotters / snipers taking postion on the roof above our living room window, and found the welcoming atmosphere of Dublin City somewhat dampened by the presence of 8, 000 Gardai, pockets brimming with overtime cash.

I could bore you with stories of how it took me two hours to get from one side of O’Connell Street to the other, or of getting stopped and searched twice within the space of a minute, or of my flatmate being refused entry to our street, but as they say, a picture paints a thousand words. Cheers to, again, English tourist Alex S for all the snaps.

The view from the window.

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