The latest edition of Rabble is now available to pick up around the city in the usual locations, such as All City (Crow Street), Block T (Smithfield) and heaps of other places you can find via Rabble’s Facebook.
As ever, it looks great and contains a wide mix of content. This issue includes a piece looking back on the history of Indymedia.ie, an interesting little piece on Henrietta Street and Uinseann MacEoin (a very overlooked character certainly deserving of a blog post here at some point in future!), a piece from Liam Hogan on the issue of Irish slavery historically and much more besides. There’s also plenty of humour there, including the finest ‘horrorscopes’ you’ll find in any newspaper. I promise that much.
As ever, page 5 is a collaboration between myself and my brother, the illustrator Luke Fallon. This time, I’m looking at looting in Dublin during the Easter Rising, a favourite subject of mine at the minute. I enjoyed Luke’s illustration so much I felt it worth posting here on the blog!
I have also updated (today) an old Come Here To Me post on the theme of looting in 1916. The piece continues to grow, but I feel confident in saying it’s one of the most unusual bits on our site, and it was certainly my favourite piece to research. I particularly enjoy this quote from a contemporary newspaper:
When the fighting started all the hooligans of the city were soon drawn to the spot in search of loot. Half the shops in Sackville Street were sacked. Children who have never possessed two pence of their own were imitating Charlie Chaplin with stolen silk hats in the middle of the turmoil and murder.
In five minutes the crowd emptied the windows of Noblett’s sweetshop. Then they went on to neighbouring shops. McDowell’s, the jewelers, was broken into and some thousands of pounds worth of jewelry taken. Taafe’s, the hosiers; Lewer’s, Dunn’s hat shop, the Cable shoe shop, all were gutted, and their contents, when not wanted, were thrown pell-mell into the street.
The title of the Rabble piece, and this blog post, is a nod towards The Radiators From Space.