Archive for October, 2011

Rockin’ Kev

A cool snap of Rockin’ Kev from the Evening Herald dating back to 1976.

Kevin Connolly, Evening Hearld 1976

The text reads:

Dublin’s only genuine Teddy Boy, Kevin Connolly, keeps on rocking at the R. & R. Disco.

I had the pleasure of meeting Kevin at the Magnet reunion earlier this year. He’s still as sharply dressed as ever!

Credit to Garry from Where Were You? for uploading this image onto their FB page:

Piece from February 1973 on Rockin Kev. The Sunday Independent.

Piece from February 1973 on Rockin Kev. The Sunday Independent.


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So ‘Sir’ David ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan, legendary British reggae DJ, told the packed crowd in Twisted Pepper last night halfway through his amazing 2.5hr set.

Definitely one of the best gigs I’ve been to in Dublin. Everyone should see this guy in action at least once in their lives.

Rodigan in action. Twisted Pepper, 30 Oct 2011. (Picture - Carax)

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One of our cities greatest journalists and songwriters. We wish him all the best as he bravely battles Parkinson’s.

Here’s two versions, 25 years apart, of his classic ‘Take A Walk On The Northside’. Enjoy.

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Posters depicting Sean Gallagher as not quite the Irish Obama spotted earlier tonight it seems. Change, Hope, Progress, Envelopes.

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There’s a rather unusual plaque found above Farrington’s pub in Temple Bar, unusual in that it commemorates an event many with an interest in the history of the capital will be familiar with, yet the plaque itself is easily missed and many are unaware of its presence.

The plaque commemorates Constable Patrick Keena and Sergeant Stephen Kelly of the Dublin Metropolitan Police, shot on duty in the area on October 31st, 1867. While Kelly would survive, Kenna would lose his life. Of course that was the year of the Fenian Rising of 1867 which occurred months prior, a rising which had seen the Fenians issue a radical proclamation which proclaimed a provisional republican government,and a proclamation which read of its solidarity with republicans of the world, noting “our cause is your cause”

We appeal to force as a last resort… unable to endure any longer the curse of a monarchical government, we aim at founding a Republic based on universal suffrage, which shall secure to all the intrinsic value of their labour. The soil of Ireland, at present in possession of an oligarchy, belongs to us, the Irish people and to us it must be restored. We declare also in favour of absolute liberty of conscience and the separation of Church and State. We intend no war against the people of England; our war is against the aristocratic locusts, whether English or Irish, who have eaten the verdure of our fields.

Barry Kenerk has written a wonderful and engaging work on the shootings entitled ‘Shadow of the Brotherhood: The Temple Bar Shootings’, and John Dorney of The Irish Story has written a fine review of the work here, which provides great context to the events of that day.

Of course, the plaque is not the only feature in Dublin marking the history of the DMP. A constable and officer of the force are represented today in stonework above the doors of Pearse Street Garda Station, or Great Brunswick Street Police Station as it was once known. Both these figures, and the Temple Bar plaque, are easy to miss.

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A round up of Dublin related news stories for this week.

1.  First English edition of Ulysses among attractions at new Dublin museum

The first English language copy of James Joyce’s Ulysses is among attractions at a new Dublin museum opened to fill the gap left by the closure of the capital’s civic museum nearly a decade ago. A death mask of the writer himself is also one of the 400 artefacts – all of which were donated by the people of the city – on display at The Little Museum of Dublin.

Director Trevor White said: “This is the people’s museum of Dublin.” Sited on St Stephen’s Green, he said it served as a biography for the city, mapping its history during the 20th century. “It charts the social, cultural and political history of the city through artefacts donated by ordinary Dubliners,” he explained. Dublin Civic Museum on South William Street closed down in 2003 after 50 years. Mr White said its closure had left a huge void. “Since the civic museum closed, Dublin hasn’t had a museum of its own,” he said. The project, supported by Dublin City Council, has been just five months in the making. – The Irish Independent (21/10/11)

The Little Museum of Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

2. Veteran (Dublin) journalist Cathal O’Shannon dies at 83

Cathal O’Shannon, who has died aged 83, was a mould- breaking journalist in the print and broadcasting media over several decades. He worked with The Irish Times , RTÉ and the BBC and as a public relations consultant in a long and distinguished career.

Born into what he described as a “household full of books” in Marino, north Dublin, he lied about his age and joined the Royal Air Force in the second World War with his friend Fred O’Donovan, who later became chairman of the RTÉ Authority. After three years in the Far East he returned to Dublin and was hired on the journalistic staff by Irish Times editor RM Smyllie in 1949. For some years he used the name Cathal Óg O’Shannon to distinguish himself from his father, Cathal O’Shannon, a trade unionist and columnist with the since defunct Evening Press . – The Irish Times (24/10/11)

Cathal O'Shannon (1928 - 2011)

3. Flash floods spark emergency in Dublin 

Two people died and hundreds were stranded in Ireland after torrential rain closed roads and rail lines, left shops and homes under water and led to Dublin being put on an emergency footing. More than one month’s rain fell on Dublin in 24 hours, causing rivers to break their banks and flooding the country’s largest shopping centre. – The Guardian (25/10/11)

A piece of garden decking, still with pot plants intact, floats down the Liffey near Heuston Station, Dublin. Image: @AlanWall77

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