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Kudos to the North Inner City Action Group for their involvement in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign which began on November 25, the International Day Against Violence Against Women, and ends on December 10, International Human Rights Day. These dates “symbolically link violence against women and human rights, and emphasize that such violence is a human rights violation.” (From the 16 Days Facebook.)

Breaking the Silence... Banner on Mountjoy Square railings.

More:  http://www.womensaid.ie/16daysblog/2011/11/10/north-inner-city-domestic-violence-action-group-pu-1/

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1,200+ posts, 3,000+ comments and 360,000+ views later, Come Here To Me! has reached its second anniversary.

credit - Daniel Flower

Here’s a little round up of what I think were our best posts this last year;  the story of Kavanagh’s two Dublin seats, Orson Welles’ Dublin Visit, Squatting, letter-bombs and hunger-strikes: The Case of Robert C. , reviews of A Visual Feast and The Winding Stair, the story of Saint Werburgh’s Church and Dublin Mean Time, hXci’s Christmas pictureswreckage of a WW2 German bomber, the story of 160 Parnell Street and how Fade Street got its name, the history of the The Theatre Royal Hippodrome, Joe Edelstein’s Alarm and Hawkins House

…The seven part series looking at classic Dublin music videos, a look at Liberty Hall, MC Mannix Flynn, a 1934 Anti-Fascist leaflet, hXci’s snaps 1 & 2, the Eagle Tavern plaque, images of Grangegorman Military Cemetery, the story of when Bovril lit up College Green and The Murdering Lane, the Masonic Hall Fire Insurance Policy 1924,  a look at the old Cabman’s Coffee Booth on O’Connell Street, Dublin’s best pranks, the Ranelagh massacre which gave the world its first Black Monday, two Saint Patrick’s Athletic, pictorial history of The Bleeding Horse, Sean Healy’s plaque, Charlie Chaplin’s Larkin link,  Dublin’s burgeoning underground dance scene, Cathal Brugha’s plaque and a seven part graffiti series

credit - Steve-h

… Lynott’s Dublin, The Blades feature in a Nike ad, French views on the Easter Rising, adult shops of Dublin, The Blades singles, forgotten Dublin dance classic, Johnny Eagle; Dublin’s first tattooist, when loyalists bombed O’Connell Street, Dublin’s oldest graffiti, 1942 Tolka Park violence , Dublin Punk & New Wave singles timeline, ICA roll of honour, Richmond Park rock festival 1970, Bik & Damo and finally the ongoing series of Dublin’s best lanes and shortcuts.

Though we haven’t had as many pub crawls as we liked, the ones we had were memorable: (Pubs 72-78)(Pubs 79-83), (Pubs 84-89)

credit: fxgeek

There’s also been some sad stories, the deaths of Peggy Keogh, Peter Lennon, Patrick Galvin, Philip Greene, Alan Devlin and Cathal Shannon, the closing of City Discs, Comet Records, Kingsland restaurant, Sunday Tribune, Lighthouse CinemaBorderline Records and Shebeen Chic, the demolition of  Murphy’s pram shop and the last ever Dancehall Styles.

credit - pallotron

Thanks to all our readers for your comments, constructive criticism and input. Here’s to our third year!

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Dark horse on the wind.

I was sent this video earlier on promoting the Spectacle of Defiance and Hope protest this Saturday. This protest is a particularly interesting one, as it revolves around a broad alliance of community organisations from Dublin, including arts groups and the like, which gives the demo a great youthful and colourful atmosphere.

I was taken aback by the tune in the video, a great cover of Liam Weldon’s ‘Dark Horse On The Wind’. The late Liam Weldon has long been one of my favourite singers, and we’ve posted a feature on Liam (once described as being “As Dublin as the Easter Rising and as Irish as the Limerick Soviet that got clobbered.”) here in the past.

Liam’s original version of the track isn’t online, so I took it upon myself to rectify that. It’s words are as timely as ever, his voice as strong as the first time I heard it. Can anyone name the band covering the track in the Spectacle of Defiance ad?


Above:Liam Weldon- Dark Horse On The Wind.

All those who died for liberty have heard the eagle scream
All the ones who died for liberty have died but for a dream
Oh then rise, rise, rise, dark horse on the wind
For in no nation on earth more broken dreams you’ll find

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It seems that the doors were closed on Thomas Read’s and The Oak, two establishments on the corner of Parliament Street and Dame Street, earlier on today. The reason remains unclear. I’d a feeling something was up earlier when I spotted a few tweets on the subject, but you can’t believe something just because it was on the Tweet machine. If that was all truth Margaret Thatcher has died a dozen times over for example.

Some Tweets

To add to the feeling something was up, when I put the question out there looking for pointers, I heard that one of our own writers was sitting in Brogans pub and among him where the bar staff of the nearby establishments! The story there was that staff learned only a number of hours previously that the establishment would be closed within an hour.

Hopefully tomorrow we can post definite confirmation, and I’ll swing by The Oak during the day. The pub has an excellent history, as featured here in the past in jaycarax’s excellent piece ‘From The RMS Mauretania to Crane Lane.’

After a re-decoration in 1946, the name of the pub was changed to The Oak. Why? The oak panelled interior of the bar was made with wood savalged from the RMS Mauretania, the sister ship of the RMS Lusitania

The two establishments are part of the Thomas Read Group of bars and restaurants, under the control of receiver Martin Ferris of Ferris Associates for the past two years.

Estate agent Morrissey’s has been attempting to sell the premises for two years. Their PDF on the site is available to read here.

So, has The Oak been closed, sold or what is the case? Tomorrow will tell.

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In time, when and if they are released, I will post the other end of season videos from across Dublin.

This is the Shed End Invincibles (SEI) end of year video, as premiered last night in McDowell’s on Emmet Road. I’d forgotten about some of these great days out and moments, and it makes for an enjoyable watch. From respecting the passing of Saints legend Ginger O’Rourke to setting Tolka Park alight, it was a busy one in Inchicore. Thanks to the lads with the skills to put it together, more than I can boast!

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Plugging a decent gig, for a good cause, being organised by an old friend. It’s only a fiver in to hear four great, hardworking Dublin bands – stall it.

D.I.T. ‘Wells for Zoë’ present…

Morning Hush
“Dublin based four piece with a penchant for melodic hooks, catchy tunes and heavy pop music.”

Morning Hush @ Workman's Club. 9 Nov 2011. Photo - Jen.

The Blades Club
“Catchy garage rock … healthy mix of glaring guitars and shaking bass backed by speedy percussion and distinguished vocals”

The Blades Club @ King Kong Club, Pravda. 2010. Photo - Betty D.

My Mind Races
“Four piece instrumental band … together since June 2008″

My Mind Races @ Crawdaddy. April 9 2010. Photo - Ciaran McGowan

Trap Door (formerly Triple Drop)
“A dangerous energy, from where The Clash, The Specials and The Pogues left off, mixed with pumping back beats and dirty bass lines a la Soulwax and LCD Soundsystem”

Triple Drop @ The Mercantile. April 25 2011. Photo - Unknown.

Upstairs, Whelans (25 Wexford St.)
Doors, 8pm
Tickets, €5

All proceeds go to Wells for Zoë; an Irish sustainable development organization helping communities in Malawi accessing clean drinking water and nurturing organic agriculture and education.

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….The notice below was delivered to well-known Dublin gaybar ‘Pantibar’ on Capel Street today. The bar once operated under the name ‘GUBU’. I’ll happily contribute financially towards the construction of the time-machine we all want to shove the bigot who printed it into.

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A fantastic, well made, moving biopics on one of the most important Irish republican socialists of the last fifty years.

From a Dublin perspective, it is worth going along just to see the amazing footage of anti- HBlock demonstrators on O’Connell St. in the early 1980s and the half depressing/half comic footage of republicans throwing chairs at each other at a meeting in the Mansion House called to build irish republican socialist unity. I think this meeting was held in the run up to the formation of the Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP) in late 1974 but am not sure.

Film times at IFI.

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If you cannot wait for Thursday’s launch, you can pick up the book at the following places:

Sound Cellar – 47 Nassau Street.
Freebird Records – 15a Wicklow Street.
Spindizzy Records – Georges Street Arcade.
All City – 7 Crow Street, Temple Bar.
The Gallery Of Photography – Meeting House Square, Temple Bar.
The Winding Stair – 40 Ormond Quay.
Connelly Books – 43 Essex Street, Temple Bar.
Easons – O’Connell Street.

A sample of what to expect:

Page 158 Rockin' at The Magnet Bar, Pearse Street - 1979 Photo from Tony Murray's collection.

Page 163 Young punks outside Advance Records, South Kings Street - 1979 Photo from Brian Palm's collection.

Congrats again Garry. Previously on CHTM!: Where were you? (March 2011) and Jay Carax interviews Garry O’Neill (October 2011)

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It’s great to see Dublin rappers Street Literature, who we’ve featured on the site before, picking up some attention in recent weeks. From gigging with Patrik Fitzgerald to gigging outside of the Central Bank, people are talking about the lads debut album and hunting it down. I said on here before it’s my favourite piece of hip hop to come out of this city in a long time, and one of the best albums I’ve picked up this year. The entire album is available not only to stream but also to download off Soundcloud for free. You can’t fault that, and when you get something free the least you can do is pass it on to someone else. Enjoy if you’ve not been converted yet.

The album is available from here.

Products Of The Environment

Working Class Warrior

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Student Revolt! by Carol Coulter. Click here for PDF

Blast from the past time, and with last weeks USI walkabout in the city centre I thought I’d scan up an article dealing with the Irish student movement from Workers Republic, published by The League for a Workers Republic.

The article was written by Carol Coulter and she writes of the various student groupings active in Irish colleges and univiersites at the time, for example The Internationalists who sprung up at Trinity College Dublin and the Students For Democratic Action which emerged out of University College Dublin.

There is great information on the League for a Workers Republic to be found on Cedar Lounge, while Conor McCabe of Dublin Opinion has written a wonderful piece on The Internationalists including some great scanned publications.

What was the Irish student movement like before Gary Redmond? Read it and see.

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‘One For The Road’

Absolutely brilliant news, in that sadly-missed Dublin institution Road Records is the star of a new upcoming documentary, titled ‘One For The Road’. Opening in 1997, Road lasted an impressive 13 years championing that most beautiful of musical format, the vinyl record. It was an early victim of the crash, and many great independent music shops have sadly followed.

As I posted on here before at the time when the shop closed its doors for good, many of my favourite records in my collection were purchased there. ‘Everything Flows’ from Teenage Fanclub was the last song to get an airing in the shop. Everything does indeed flow, and thankfully it’s another shop with an appreciation for vinyl that occupies the space now with the lads from R.A.G.E at home there.

Mark O’Toole has directed ‘One For The Road’, a tribute to Road, and it will be shown in Whelan’s on December 4th. I look forward to attending. The trailer is below.

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