Archive for February, 2012

The following advertisements have been scanned from the Capuchin Annual, 1936. We’ve a decent collection of the annuals here and I’m a big fan of the insight they offer into a Dublin long gone through the advertising pages at the front and back.

Some of these companies are still with us, but trading in different stock. I doubt clerical tailoring is a major part of the Clery’s business plan in 2012!

'Dublin Illustrating Company'

The Magdalen Asylum


Clerys Clerical Taoiloring



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‘Campus Unsigned’

This is a great idea from the folks at the University Times in Trinners.

Essentially, what they’re doing is finding bands and acts from among the student body and recording them in some unusual locations on campus. The cricket pitch, the arts block, next to Lecky the historian in his big chair, inside the war memorial, the options are endless really aren’t they?

Two videos have gone up so far, Falling Famous on the prior mentioned pitch….

….and Morgan MacIntyre & Gavin MacDermott at the Nassau Street entrance.

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Stunning view of Christchurch Cathedral, from St. Michael’s Hill, before the development of Wood Quay.

Picture credit - unknown

Reminds me somewhat of those classic, atmospheric depictions of 1920s New York with the steam and silhouettes of people. Captured so well in Once Upon A Time In America (1984):

Picture credit -heimdalsgata

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Following the screening of ‘The Enigma of Frank Ryan’ at the IFI yesterday, there was a History Ireland Hedge School across the street in Filmbase. As editor Tommy Graham put it, this was sort of a ‘Pop Up Hedge School’, arranged days before the screening and taking advantage of the planned second screening. History Ireland managed to get a strong panel together, with Brian Hanley, Leeann Lane, David O’Donoghue and Fearghal McGarry. McGarry was the ‘historical consultant’ for the film. There were also excellent contributions from the floor, for example from Manus O’Riordan and Sam Nolan. As ever, I recorded the discussion.

Among the issues discussed are Ryan’s relationship (or, perhaps, lack thereof!) with Rosamund Jacob, the Republican Congress, the road to Spain and just what Ryan may have been doing in Nazi Germany during the second World War.

The 'Shankill Road' Republican Congress contingent at Bodenstown, 1934.

Turn your speakers up. Frustratingly the radio-mic was inactive and the three microphones used were rather low, but I find this file audible and clear. Enjoy.

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“I was rapping with an American accent til I was about fifteen or sixteen and someone turned around and went ‘here you’re not from the Bronx. You’re from the Blanch – you should rap like it.’


I saw Costello with the other Street Literature lads at a fundraiser for Rabble magazine last Saturday (issue three of that magazine should be on the streets of Dublin by the day of Saint Patrick), and as ever they delivered. Of course the Street Literature lads were among those to feature in the recent ‘Ireland’s Rappers’ documentary on RTE, which I have to be honest and say like a lot of others I found a bit disappointing. It lacked the right historical context (where were Scary Éire!), and seemed to want to present some sort of American ‘feud’ where really there doesn’t seem to be one in reality. Still, the Street Literature lads at least came off as genuine and people who do what they do because, well, they like doing it.

Workin’ Class Records continue to keep their music easily available to all, with all releases available to stream via their site and respective bandcamp sites, for example LD50 Part II from Lethal Dialect, one of the most talked about Irish hip hop albums in a long time. This seems to be as much a matter of principle as anything else, and should be welcomed these days. The buzz they’ve generated through this approach should be noted.

Costello’s album is something we’ve been looking forward to since the video for Young Apprentice was released a few weeks ago. The album ‘Illosophical’ is now available to listen to, free, by clicking here. My personal favourite track on it is ‘The Devil’s A Liar’, taking aim at the government and church, it’s a sharp piece of Dublin hip hop.

Enjoy. Costello will formally launch the album March 15th with Junior Spesh at the Twisted Pepper.

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Giuseppe Cervi opened up Dublin’s first Fish and Chip shop on Brunwick Street (now Pearse Street) in the 1880s.

Here is a lovely snap of Eduardo Di Mascio’s shop on Marlborough Street from 1938.

Mairtin Mac Con Iomaire (author of The History of Seafood in Irish Cuisine and Culture) has identified that Eduardo Di Mascio was a carpenter from Valveri, Italy who arrived at the height of the Civil War in 1922.

Picture credit - italvideonews.com

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Robert French collection, NLI.

I had to jot this down recently when I stumbled across it, excellent. The railings of Trinity College Dublin are now fair-game for natives, tourists, large groups of Spanish secondary school backpackers or anyone else to sit on it seems.

Once upon a time, the students of Trinity College were in the habit of spending the fine summer afternoons seated on the railings between the front gates and the archway, sunning themselves and contemplating the world as it passed by. About five years ago the Board issued an edict which made it illegal for any student to sit on the railings ever again. The loungers in the sun withdrew to prepared positions behind the classical facade, the statues of Burke and Goldsmith, and the porters in black velvet jockey-caps.

This rather curious regulation was prompted, apparently, by the Boards constant concern for appearances. As far as one can judge, without inspection of the minutes of that secret conclave, it felt the sight of students lounging on the railings gave the outsider the impression that Trinity students never did any work. And the Board, with some justice, is tired of being misunderstood. As far as the average citizen of the new Ireland is concerned, Trinity College is still the retreat of the sons of the Big House, young men with more money than sense, every Trinity man has imperialism in his blood, and is only waiting his chance to re-establish the British Raj in Dublin Castle; they are the undying West Britons, and they are all snobbishly contemptuous of everything Irish.

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