Hopefully the first of many this, from the very excellent Paul Duffy, one of the illustrators who is helping us out with the CHTM! book. All this as well as being the drummer for Dublin hardcore band 20 Bulls Each. You can find more of his artwork at Duffy’s Dastardly Doodles. What a man.
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Bit much eh? Cans of fizzy drinks. Cheers to Adam K for the image.
I’m fascinated by Dublin’s shopfronts, ranging from the beautiful and hand-painted to the gaudy and horrific ‘temporary signs’ that have found their way even to our busiest streets. I’m hoping to photograph a few that grab my eye and boot them up in small groups of five or so with some regularity. On a recent walk that took me from the city centre to Stoneybatter, I thought I’d start with these….
M.Deegan, South Anne Street.
Oifig An Poist, Ushers Quay.
T.P Nolan, Ushers Quay.
For anyone just stumbling across CHTM!, once a month the three writers behind this blog, joined by a small group of friends, visit five Dublin pubs and then write about our experiences. A different person each month picks the five pubs and make sure not to give away any details beforehand. The reviews are often as varied as the pubs with the three different writing styles giving three very different narratives.
Before I start talking about the pubs, I’ll mention two things. I can’t let the introduction pass without me contradicting it in some way. When I say we are joined by “a small group of friends,” I mean all previous ones we were joined by a “small group of friends.” This pub crawl somehow managed to draw the attention of over twenty extras. Great fun in that conversation was never lacking, but difficult with regards getting the group from one pub to the next. Still, we managed it, with no punches thrown. Secondly, I don’t know what it is with me, is it age or just the sheer quantity of Guinness consumed since the inception of this blog but these pub crawls are getting harder to write, and my apologies for the gap between the crawl and the review.
Disclaimer: Prices may become inaccurate towards the end. Feel free to correct!
The February pub crawl kicked off, quite amazingly, on Sunday 4th March. As we are readily running out of pubs in the City Centre, I decided to head down towards Smithfield and Stoneybatter for a look. The infamous horse market had not long finished as we made our way into the Dice Bar, on the corner of Queen Street and Benburb Street. Not a spot I’d been in too many times before, rather drunkenly over Christmas and before that, who knows… a long time anyways. A really cool little spot this, a cross between Sin É and the Bernard Shaw or something along those lines. Good tunes, and a good selection of Irish and International beers, ales and stouts. It being the pubcrawl though, the majority of us were on the Guinness and at €4.30 a go, it wasn’t to be faulted. I found it odd to see a television on in the place, given that up until that point, I didn’t think they even had a telly. But, it was a 6 Nations weekend, and there were a few heads tuned in to the game. (France 17 – 17 Ireland if you must know, cheers Google.)
The numbers attending this pubcrawl meant that when some people were finishing pints, others weren’t long through theirs, meaning more than one pint was consumed in most pubs, and the Dice Bar was no exception. Before the end, our crowd had spilled out of the area we were occupying, and the sound barman directed us to another area recently cleared down the other end of the bar. Great music, odd & interesting décor, (was that a flying astronaut in the corner over the jacks door?) good pints and sound barstaff. A win all round.
The next spot I had picked was the recently re-opened McGettigans, but a quick look inside the door told us we wouldn’t be venturing in today, the place was packed to the rafters. With that, we made our way up towards Dublin’s Left Bank, Stoneybatter, and into J. Walsh & Co. on Manor Street. Another spot I’ve been in a few times and one I really like. Luckily, there was plenty of space in here as the numbers were ever swelling and we were starting to draw glances. We managed to get ourselves an area down the back of the pub at the end of the bar, walls adorned with old images of GAA teams past and other sporting memorabilia. The last time I was here was with a friend who, at the time was living down the road from it. We went in for that fatal “one pint” and ended up falling out of the place a few hours later, deciding to treat ourselves to “a pint and a half one” each round: fun times. (A pint and a half one for the un-initiated is a pint of Guinness and a single measure of Jameson.) Definitely a spot for that carry on rather than a rambunctious gathering such as this, we decided to leave the good people of Walsh’s in peace after one here. €4.15 a pint, my favourite pub of the day, and definitely one I’ll be back to.
So, last night was the night that the world was supposedly going to be plastered with posters and stickers in relation to Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony. Thousands of people clicked attending on event pages for Dublin, stating that they would take part in the postering effort. One page, with in excess of 2,500 attendees, noted that:
Everyone is meeting outside Stephens Green shopping centre at 10pm and we will organise postering from there.
My friend Eoin posted the image above to Facebook, showing a single poster at College Green. Others have been in touch to say Dublin is pretty much poster-free today, and the ‘campaign’ has failed here at least, despite the thousands pledging to cover the city. The recent exposures on the group behind the campaign (‘Invisible Children’) which revealed their conservative religious ethos and funding, coupled with the very public breakdown of the campaigns public face (who eh…..was caught on video running around San Diego naked shouting about the devil) no doubt led to its demise. Dublin City Council must be delighted.
Each year, the North Inner City Folklore Project mark the anniversary of the Easter Rising by erecting a plaque in the inner city, marking the contribution of their community to the period. It’s an important job, but only one part of what the Project does, and its collecting of oral testimonies from inner-city Dubliners will prove priceless in years to come. It is history from the bottom up, and anyone curious about the project will enjoy a recent audio interview I conducted with Terry Fagan about its work.
This year on Easter Monday the North Inner City Folklore Project will be unveiling a plaque to Sean Heuston, who was born in 1891 at Lower Gloucester Street, now Seán MacDermott Street. The event is non-party political, and begins at 12 noon at Liberty Hall with the raising of the flag. The statement from the Project in advance of the commemoration is below:
5 April 2012
EASTER MONDAY MORNING (12 NOON, 9 APRIL) EVENT TO MARK THE 1916 EASTER RISING
Unveiling of plaque to Captain Seán Heuston,
Irish Volunteers, 1916
ON EASTER MONDAY, the Dublin North Inner City Folklore Project is honouring local man Irish Volunteer Captain Seán Heuston who was born in 1891 at Lower Gloucester Street now (Seán MacDermott Street). Heuston was executed by a British military firing squad in Kilmainham Gaol on 8 May 1916 at the age of 25.
The event will open at 12 noon with a re-enactment of the hoisting of the Citizen Army flag at Liberty Hall in 1916 by James Connolly and a young 14-year-old girl from Gardiner Street, Molly O’Reilly.
This will be recreated Easter Monday by the grandson of James Connolly, James Connolly-Herron, and Molly O’Reilly’s niece, Ciara Gallagher. A colour party in the period uniforms of the Citizen Army and Cumann na mBan will accompany them.
The crowd will then parade to Lower Seán MacDermott Street led by pipers and people carrying photographs of the leaders of the Easter Rising.
At 1pm, at Lower Seán MacDermott Street, facing Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Constance Corcoran (daughter of Molly O’Reilly, whose mother was a member of the City Hall garrison) and Mrs Steenson (whose mother was a member of the GPO/Clery’s garrison) will unveil the plaque to Seán Heuston.
Two children from the area will lay wreaths at the spot.
After a lament by the pipers, there will be a 1916-1922 photographic exhibition, in a nearby community hall.
Pela sexta rodada do campeonato irlandês, o St. Patrick recebeu o Shamrock Rovers e goleou por 5 a 1. Mas a goleada ficou em segundo plano porque o destaque da tarde foi o golaço por cobertura de Chris Forrester.
I can’t say I have a clue what the above means, other than the Saints are going viral. I’ve watched this ten times. Remember us Chris Forrester, I’ve a feeling you’re destined for big things.
Its a scary thought, but its almost two years since I went down to the Tivoli Theatre carpark to check out the art on display. I ventured down during the week to have another look and wasn’t disappointed. The results of the annual All City Easter Jam, and its coming up to that time of year again. Details of the event can be found here and the Facebook event is here.
Some great footage of Dublin here, and the sounds come from LLCR ‘Rock Box’ back in the 1980s, playing a mix of hip hop and electro. Well done to YouTuber deejaymek getting it up. Some of the shout outs are quality. “All the breakers meeting at the Central Bank tomorrow at 3!”