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Hopefully the first of many this, from the very excellent Paul Duffy, one of the illustrators who is helping us out with the CHTM! book.  All this as well as being the drummer for Dublin hardcore band 20 Bulls Each. You can find more of his artwork at Duffy’s Dastardly Doodles. What a man.

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I’m a big fan of the Facebook page ‘Humans of New York’, and in excess of 118,000 other people are too. It ‘s a fantastic idea, photographing New Yorkers as they go about their business, and in many cases giving a brief bio or background information. In the last few years there was an explosion in ‘street style’ blogs, but they tended to say nothing about anything beyond where someone bought their jeans.

I stumbled across ‘Humans of Dublin’ today. A relatively new Facebook page, with a modest following of just under 800 users, but deserving of much more. Pop over for a look. The below are just a selection of images from the site. We wish them every success.

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Competition for the most expensive pint of Guinness in Dublin here, I somehow found myself in The Quays in Temple Bar recently and was obliged to pay a staggering €5.60 for a pint. Its one of those pubs with the bad kind of trad blaring out at three in the afternoon so you’d expect it to be that bit more expensive than normal but… €5.60?!

Whilst there, we got chatting to a couple from Paris who asked us if these were “typical Dublin prices?” When someone from Paris complains about the price of a pint, you know you’re doing something wrong…  Anyone else know of a more expensive one?

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The story that spawned a t-shirt.

Casa Rebelde, Crow St.

Fair play to Kev Squires for designing and Dixie in Casa Rebelde for printing.

Design – K. Squires

Limited print run. €19.95 RRP. Buy online or in store (Crow St, Temple Bar).

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I love these match posters from Sligo Rovers, advertising their clashes with two Dublin sides. The first poster is for an upcoming clash with Shamrock Rovers, and the one below it last weeks clash with ourselves. I’d love to see match posters like this in Dublin, a fantastic effort worthy of praise.

If only they’d drop a few points somewhere along the way……

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The Paris Bakery, Moore Street.

We dropped into The Paris Bakery on Moore Street today, and it is worth the rave reviews. The food is delicious, the desserts look pretty tempting too.

Glancing over the menu, quick as a flash jaycarax noticed that they’ve paid tribute to the socialist James Connolly! Right next door to 16 Moore Street, this packed little cafe shows that businesses can prosper on this street. Well worth popping into if you haven’t yet.

‘The James Connolly’

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Brendan Behan in Time Magazine (1959). Hulton Archive / Getty Images.

An absolutely hilarious court proceeding involving Brendan Behan that has to produced in full.

It reads like a carefully worded, polished courthouse comedy-drama.

The Irish Times, March 7 1959

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'The Rising Of The Moon' LP cover (Clancy Brothers) by Louis Le Brocquy.

Saddened to hear of the passing of the great Louis le Brocquy today. Born in Dublin in1916, LE Brocquy is undoubtedly best known for his portrait heads of figures like Beckett and Heaney. Louis le Brocquy became the first living artist to have a work acquired for the National Gallery of Ireland’s permanent collection, when they paid €2.75m for his painting ‘A Family’.

Undoubtedly, ‘A Family’ and his series of portraits will be discussed at length in the media in the days ahead, but I thought I’d share a more unusual le Brocquy piece with you, in the form of his fantastic cover for the Clancy Brothers ‘Rising of the Moon’ LP. The cover, to my eye, depicts the bloodied undershirt of James Connolly, executed on May 12th 1916. Today the shirt features in the ‘Soldiers and Chiefs’ exhibition at Collins Barracks.

A fantastic 2000 interview with le Brocquy is available to read at the RTE site.

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This fantastic image above was posted to archiseek earlier, one of a series of images from the Dublin Civic Trust from their proposals for a restored and rejuvenated Thomas Street. There are further images in the series which can be seen over on the archiseek website.

The Dublin Civic Trust report on Thomas Street, compiled for Dublin City Council, is available to read in full here.

An image of Thomas Street in the 1970s, contained in the Civic Trust report.

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There’s a great photo-post on the Montana Cans blog about Maser heading to America recently, to paint a piece centered around Irish America. A collaboration of minds with Jim Fitzpatrick and Damien Dempsey, the piece featured in The Irish Times back in March.

We’ve previously interviewed Maser here ourselves, in which we talked primarily about the city of Dublin and its influence on his work.

The more I learn the more I realise how much more I want to know.

There is a wealth of history in this city and country that can supply an extensive body of visual work for any artist. There are still a lot of people, places and situations I need to paint and talk about.

The photo post on Maser in the U.S is more than worth a look. Eoin Murphy took the photographs, and they offer great insight into how a piece goes from stage 1 to completion. Enjoy.

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I just stumbled across the Tumblr homepage of Fatti Burke, a Dublin based illustrator and designer. Some absolutely fantastic stuff, likely to appeal to some Come Here To Me readers. The cover for Niall McCullough’s Dublin:An Urban History is beauitiful in its style and simplicity, and the playful tribute to Dublin below made me smile. Excellent talent.

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Via Twitter (Conorjh)

Jim Larkin’s statue will inevitably feature in our series on the statues of Dublin city. This mock up image on Twitter caught my eye earlier, of course it’s referencing events at the Labour conference in Galway earlier today when pepper spray was used on Household Charge campaigners.

The image of Larkin with his hands raised in the air upon his return to Ireland from the United States is one of the most iconic images in the history of this city in my own eyes. Part of the Cashman collection, it is under the ownership of the state broadcaster. I noticed that RTE recently objected to its use by DCTV in an advertisement for their planned output to mark the centenary of the Lockout. There’s something tragic in that.

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