Archive for November, 2010

Nice to see an eviction notice on the front of the Dail. It’s the work of Will St. Leger, who has previously brought us fake dosh featuring the mug of sports journo Bertie Ahern, the excellent ‘Famine and Byrne’ piece and more besides.

“It’s time we evict to lot of them, take back Leinster House and turn it into a hospital.”

On the subject of street artists, this spraypainted message in Ballymun looks great with the words of Damien Dempsey and Maser towering over it. The city is awash with stencils, stickers, slogans and anger.


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Workers Party protest, Belfast 1986. Image from Belfast Telegraph.

And she’s back! On display in Dublin, November 27 2010. Image from Lookleft Magazine Facebook.

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A day at the airport.

I was once on a Nitelink that just stopped on the way home from town because of snow. We hate the stuff, and don’t know how to deal with it. Waking up Saturday morning with a raging hangover (I’m 21 now, horray) I was off to the airport to catch a flight to Catalonia. Looking out the window, I knew I’d be spending more time in the airport than in the sky.

Below are a few things you can do to kill some time in the airport. It makes the whole thing a little more tolerable.

Go look at the angsty barstoolers:
There I am, sitting on my own reading The Phoenix annual when along comes Branno who I’m flying out with. “Head down there, Man United fans are going mad at the Guards!” We pop down for a look, and indeed they are. Green and gold scarves shout at the Guardians of the Peace, demanding that they make the snow feck off and the plane take off. It doesn’t work that way. Entertaining stuff.

Go for a pint: Everyone else has. All over the airport, delayed flight equals scoops. You can’t walk for all the abandoned pint glasses. Pint isn’t bad either.

Head for T2: If you want to go somewhere quiet and have a nap, this is a good bet. Let’s be honest, there’s nobody else there. Worth a look anyway.

Walk straight past the Gardaí: While waiting in a line to have our passport checked, we notice a number of automatic doors all around passport control opening whenever somebody on the far side gets close enough. Jesus H. Christ, how Irish is that?

Get yanks to buy you booze: The Duty Free area is a spectacle. Like dealers, every now and then you witness a native approach someone who looks like they’re heading a bit further than them. Money changes hands, and one can pick up a bottle of rum for next to nothing. Result.

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Thumped’s effort for the Christmas No. 1. Good luck lads. Christmastime In Dublin Town is available to buy from iTunes for 99c right now. Money raised from sales will be donated to a Wet Hostel in Dublin city centre.

Initiated as an experiment in collaboratively creating a killer pop tune for Christmas by Thumped member Shneaky 6pack, this thing sprouted legs and is now hurtling up the iTunes Irish Pop chart. Board members each wrote a line, with each having seen only the preceding line, and when 12 lines were written… well, listen for yourself..

The level of solidarity this project has inspired amongst the members of Irelands most significant fully Independent music website has been staggering ,with people from all corners and genres getting involved to try put the kibosh on the usual muck we are forcefed annually at this time of year.

So, this song might well be muck too – but it’s the PEOPLES muck!

Death to the record Industry… LONG LIVE MUSIC! (oh and MERRY FUCKING CHRISTMAS)

Love, Shneaky 6Pack & the Christmastime in Dublin Town Gang!

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Amazing. Absolutely amazing.

My favourite part is at 1:38 when an Irish citizen knocks out a Fianna Fail politician offering free cheese.

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I’d love to say I took the pictures below but alas, I’m just not that good. They belong to a bloke I’ve only ever known as Janer who I met whilst serving my apprenticeship with the punks. I came across the images when working on another project recently; I’d thought his specialty was gig photography but when I browsed his albums on pix.ie, I came across some stunning pieces of social photography which Janer has kindly given me permission to reproduce here.

Meet Trixie and Duke

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Amien's Street pint on Stephen's Day

 Its a hard thing to capture Dublin properly, but scrolling through the albums, be they pictures from gigs, reflective moments in pubs or images of Dublin streetscapes, Janer does a good job of it. 

Christy sneaking in a quick pint

Dusk on St. Ignatius' Road

Wednesday Pints


These images were all taken from different albums on Janers PunkRock profile, which can be found here.  Cheers to the lad for letting me stick these up.

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O commemorate me where there is water,
Canal water preferably
Greeny at the heart of summer. Brother…

O commemorate me with no hero courageous
Tomb – just a canal bank seat for the passer-by.

It may come as a surprise, it certainly did to me, that Patrick Kavanagh is commemorated by not one but two seats along Dublin’s Grand Canal.

The one that is known to most Dubliners and tourists is the bench which has a life sized statue of Kavanagh sitting on one side. This was made by the sculpture John Coll and was unveiled in June 1991 by Mary Robinson. It is situated on the north bank of the Grand Canal on Mespil Road.

Photo credit - Andrew B47 (FlickR)

The second statue predates the first by 23 years and was unveiled only a few month’s after the poet’s death. It is a simple ‘wood and granite’ seat that was designed by the artist Michael Farrell (1940 – 2000). A fantastic account of the fundraising and committee work that went into commissioning the seat can be read here. This seat is located on the South Bank at the Lock Gates close to Baggot Street Bridge.

The first and original 1968 bench (The Irish Times 2.2.68)

Every St. Patrick’s day, old friends and fans of Kavanagh gather at this bench to remember his life and read extracts of his work.

The 2007 gathering. (Photo credit - http://kavanaghseat.com/photos.html)

So, there you go. There are in fact two seats dedicated to the memory of Patrick Kavanagh on the Grand Canal. Let’s do our best not to forget the first. (Many thanks to the beautiful Kavanagh Seat website that first brought my attention to the above)

Now for a bonus question. Besides the canal seat, can you tell me where the only other statue to Patrick Kavanagh is in the world? Give up? Disneyland, Florida! I know, hard to believe but it’s true. There’s a statue to him, based on the Grand Canal seat, outside the Irish pub and restaurant, Raglan Road, at Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney in Orlando, Florida.

Disneyland, Florida. "Step inside Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant and you'll feel you've been transported to the Emerald Isles"

The Kavanagh statue outside Raglan Road restaurant, Disneyland. Photo credit - Eric J. Lubbers (FlickR)

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