I’m a huge supporter of community events. Street parties, town festivals and the like are essential aspects of life in any community in my own opinion, and I’m often horrified by responses when I ask people how much they know about their own neighbours.
“Joe Bloggs next door? Asked me to turn down the music once, never really spoken to him since.”
Both Palmerstown (where I currently walk the dog) and Ballyfermot have a strong sense of community, and I never took that for granted growing up. It is the basis of any community, and transcends age, nationality or any other factor. The community that gets on is a happy community.
Word of community events is something I love to receive here at Come Here To Me, and Palmerston Place across the Liffey gave me great hope recently when I heard they’re approaching their 12th annual street party. Wonderful. The event takes place this Saturday, and Met Éireann looks positive.
The whole thing kicks off in a style that should appeal to Come Here To Me types, with the launch of a plaque at 16 Palmerston Place to mark the spot where Fenian John O’ Leary edited ‘The Irish People’, before being arrested in 1865. The plaque will be unveiled at 7pm, by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Emer Costello. I spend about half my free time giving out to people about the lack of plaques outside the city centre, so this is something I’m excited about and hope to attend.
The Fenian leader John O' Leary
The event also includes music from a band made up of local children, all 13 years of age, The Un4seen who will be followed on stage by Seven Days, a band lined up to play Oxegen.
It’s BYOB (Bring Your Own Burgers), and a glance over the comments and stats here reveals plenty of Northsiders to be among our readers, not least the Bohs faithful. If it’s your corner of the world, drop down.
More of this in Dublin, please. Enough talk of the Rare Oul’ Times, let us get back to basics. I might even cross the Liffey myself.
The Hendrons site in the area, which was due to become the home of a massive 'Celtic Tiger' development defeated due to local pressure.
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