Archive for January, 2012

Great line up, great cause ( the Gypsies Trust.)

Line-up: Clash Jam Wallop, The Lee Harveys, Found On The Floor and Complan. €10, 8pm doors.


Poster by Tommy Rash

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From The Irish Times, December 18 1961. A fine base for Lord Gough, but no sign of the man himself.

We’ve looked at plaques in considerable detail on the site, and one thing I really want to get around to in time is the statues of Dublin. ‘All the fellas between Charles Stewart Parnell and Daniel O’Connell’, with the exception of William Smith O’Brien, have gone unexamined. How many Dubliners can name all the statues on O’Connell Street?

We looked briefly too at the loyalist bombing of the Daniel O’Connell statue in 1969, and jaycarax had a fascinating photographic history of Henry Grattan’s statue, the Trinity graduate facing his Alma Mater at College Green.

Of the statues no longer with us, Lord Gough’s has always been particularly interesting to me for a few reasons. Like Victoria, he is a Dublin statue which has ended up many miles from home, though not vanished quite as far as herself (she’s in Australia, for anyone who doesn’t know). The statue was the site of Winston Churchill’s earliest childhood memory, and it is a statue that was in and out of the newspapers for a long time prior to its ultimate removal from the Phoenix Park. It also inspired my favourite Dublin poem, which for a long time was falsely attributed to Brendan Behan, for example even in Ulick O’Connor’s biography of the man, but was in fact the work of quintessential Dub Vincent Caprani. The statue is the work of the great John Henry Foley, responsible also for Daniel O’Connell’s statue at the top of O’Connell Street and the Trinity duo of Burke and Goldsmith among others.

John Henry Foley

Winston Churchill recalled in his autobiographical work My Early Life 1874-1904, that his earliest memories from childhood were set here in Dublin. Asking “when does one first begin to remember?” he went on the write about the unveiling of John Henry Foley’s equestrian statue to imperial war hero Lord Gough at the Phoenix Park in Dublin in 1878. Churchill spent some of his earliest years in Dublin where his Grandfather had been appointed Viceroy and employed Churchill’s father as his private secretary. Churchill’s earliest memory was of his grandfather unveiling the doomed statue.

A great black crowd, scarlet soldiers on horse-back, strings pulling away a brown shiny sheet, the Old Duke, the formidable grandpa, talking loudly to the crowd. I recall even a phrase he used: ‘And with a withering volley he shattered the enemy’s line.’ I quite understood that he was speaking about war and fighting and that a volley meant what the black-coated soldiers (riflemen) used to do with loud bangs so often in the Phoenix Park where I was taken for morning walks.


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Free State Nova.

Glad to see that Dundalk’s finest Jinx Lennon is coming back to the capital in February, with a gig on Thursday the 16th at Bewleys Cafe Theatre. I’ve not been to a gig in the venue yet believe it or not so I’m looking forward to it, and I loved the recent effort Hungry Bastard Hibernia from Jinx, and I saw him around the time of its release playing live on Dame Street in the freezing cold.

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A lovely looking plaque on Upper Stephens Street, just off Aungier Street which celebrates the location of the world’s ‘first pneumatic tyre factory’.

(c) David Hawgood

From Frank Hopskin’s great Hidden Dublin:

(Scottish-born) Dunlop came to live in Dublin in April 1891, (first in) Mount Merrion and then 46 Ailesbury Road where he lived for the reminder of his life. He resigned as director of the Pneuematic Tyre Co. and Booths Cycle Agency in 1895 and sold the bulk of his shares in the company … Dunlop, whose invention revolutionised the bicycle and motor car, died on 23 October 1921 and is buried in Deansgrange Cemetery.

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So it seems the banks have taken another pub from us. The victim this time? Kate’s Cottage on the corner of Store Street and Amien’s Street. Its not a pub I’d frequent too often, although I was there to witness Keith Fahey’s first goal for the national side in that game against Armenia in late 2010 so I do have some fond memories of the place.  Shame.

Appoinment of Official Liquidator: Kate’s Cottage Limited
16 January 2012

P J Lynch of 5-7 Westland Square, Pearse Street, Dublin 2 was appointed official Liquidator on 16th January 2012
Petitioner: Collector General
Solicitor for the Petitioner: Marie-Claire Maney, Revenue Solicitor
Registered address: 1 Store Street, Dublin 1
Last accounts filed: 31/05/2010
CRO number: 403192

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This is a fascinating interview with Conor McCabe, author of Sins of the Father, historian and blogger over at Dublin Opinion. It was recorded by Dublin Community Television, and makes for fascinating listening.

“If this was Star Wars, the IFSC is the Death Star.” Right you are Conor.

Conor will be giving a talk on Thursday March 1st at 1pm at the Central Library in the ILAC Centre, entitled From independence to the IMF: the Irish economy and the forces that shaped it, 1922-2010.

Part 2 is here.

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Recognise the image above?

A trip to Archbishop Marsh’s Library really is a must for all Dubliners. Right next to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, it’s amazing how many of us have never visited the oldest public library in Dublin. The library was established in 1701, and it’s first librarian was Dr. Elias Bouhéreau, a Huguenot refugee.

The books of Elias Bouhéreau, some of which had fled with him, were among the earliest added to the library. Books sit quietly in libraries for generations, but at Easter 1916 some of the historic books of Archbishop Marsh’s Library were hit by a hail of machine gun fire, and the bullet holes can be seen today.

The library have a wonderful Facebook page, which just like the National Library Flickr account, shows the potential of new media for great old institutions. Recent photos have included everything from the above image to medical books of the 1640s and more besides. We recommend popping over for a look, but also I can’t recommend visiting this incredible library enough.

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