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He’s Behind You! The Story Of Dublin Panto

n Dermot Carmody ment through the years, names
or generations of Dublin- with which some of our readers
ers the traditional Christ- will have grown up, like Jim-
mas pantomime has been my O’Dea. O’Dea was born in
regarded as the most family fun 1899 in Dublin’s south inner
you can have in public dressed city. Although he went on to
up as someone of the opposite become a legend of the Dublin
sex. stage, he was not encouraged
The stars of Christmas Panto in his chosen profession at the
in places like the Theatre Roy- start. Indeed, O’Dea’s father
al and the Queens Theatre, the disapproved of his acting ambi-
Gaiety and the Olympia have tions saying “I’d rather see you
been household names over in your coffin first.”
the years. Many of these stars Continued on page 2.
and the grand old theatres who
have hosted their festive antics Main picture: Julian Capolei
are represented in the exhibi- as Aladdin and Joe Conlan as
tion, A Christmas Spectacle: Widow Twankey in The Gai-
The Story Of Panto in Dublin, ety’s 2019 Aladdin Panto.
currently open in Pearse Street From the Olympia panto The
Library. Story of Cinders and Her Fella,
The origins of pantomime Fair City star Maclean Burke
are found in Italian Commedia (left) plays the outrageous
dell’arte, a type of street theatre Dame Polly, while Nadine
originating in the 16th century. Reid (below) plays Ugly Sister
Stock characters in Comme- dia included Arlechino (a mis- By the early 1820s panto- 19th century the tradition of Whitney.
chievous fellow, who became mime was a popular and suc- the Harlequinade had waned
known later as ‘Harlequin’), cessful established form of the- and in Ireland, as in Britain,
Columbine (Arlechino’s lover), atre. The standard characters of pantomime stories had become
Pantaloon (Columbines father) the Harlequinade were still in something that would be more
and a clown character. This de- use, but as time went on pan- familiar to us today, with in-
veloped into an early form of tomime dames, such as Widow digenous and Eurpoean folk
pantomime, where the charac- Twanky were introduced, along stories and fairytales forming
ters were spectacularly trans- with localisation in the form of the basis of the entertainment.
formed by a fairy into those specifically Irish themes or sto- Stories like Cinderella, Dick
characters of the Harlequinade. rylines. By 1840, for example, Whittington, Aladdin and Rob-
There are newspaper articles the title of the Theatre Royal’s inson Crusoe were the norm
from as early as the first half pantomime was, O’Donoghue from then on.
of the 18th century referring of the Lakes, or Harlequin and The exhibition highlights
to pantomimes in the original the Leprechaun! some of the brightest stars in
Theatre Royal in Smock Alley. By the latter decades of the the Dublin pantomime firma-

In this issue…
Page 16: Gay Byrne remembered. Pages 20-21: Christmas events. Page 15: Dublin’s street art. Page 31: Winter gifts and gardening.
Page 2 December 2019 / January 2020

He’s Behind You! The Story Of Dublin Panto

NewsFour Newspaper From page 1 Potter, Twink, Brendan Grace and many oth-
is part of a DEASP Half-taking the parental guidance, Jimmy ers are celebrated in a fittingly fun and colourful
Community Employment O’Dea qualified as an optician and acted part- way in an exhibition which will bring back hap-
Programme time at first. His early pantomime appearanc- py childhood memories of Christmases past for
es included Dick Whittington in 1925 in the many. This happy tradition continues today with

NewsFour Queen’s Theatre. Then he set up O’D produc-

tions with Harry O’Donovan in 1927. Their
the annual pantomimes in The Gaiety and The
Olympia in city centre Dublin and many other
first pantomime was Sinbad The Sailor in The fine old and new theatres in the city and around
Editor Olympia, but they are most famous for their the country. Will you go? Oh yes you will!!
Beibhinn Byrne many pantomimes in The Gaiety. Aladdin runs this year in The Gaiety from
Other stalwarts were Noel Purcell and arch Nov 24th-Jan16th
Online Editor pantomime bad guy, Vernon Hayden. Hayden Cinderella runs in the The Olympia from Dec
Kathrin Kobus was born in Tyrone in 1914 and was on stage 20th-31st
from the age of four. His first pantomime role A less well known historic venue for panto- A Christmas Spectacle: The Story of Panto
Journalists was as a babe in Babes Of The Wood. He toured mime was The Abbey Theatre, which produced in Dublin runs in Pearse Street Library un-
Kathrin Kobus with famous pantomime comedian Jim John- a number of traditional pantomimes in the early til the end of January 2020. Opening hours:
Eoin Meegan son, performing a different pantomime every years after its foundation in 1904, but became Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm, Friday-Sat-
Peter McNamara night for three years, which is a lot of “He’s be- best known for its Irish language pantomimes urday 10am -5pm and admission is free.
David Prendeville hind you”! which started in 1945 with Muireann Agus an
Geneva Pattison However, from 1936 when he joined Jimmy Prionnsa. It was attended by President Sean T. Clockwise from top: Legends of Dublin Panto,
Dermot Carmody O’Dea for the Gaiety Christmas pantomime, O’Kelly and the Taoiseach Eamon De Valera Maureen Potter and Brendan Grace.
he appeared in every Gaiety panto for nearly and produced by Frank Dermody, who went A selection of historic Dublin pantomime post-
Mark Davy
50 years. He was particularly noted for playing on to produce all the subsequent Abbey panto- ers on display at the exhibition.
baddies saying “the more hissing and booing mimes until the last one in 1966, the first in the A costume designed and made for the Gaiety
from the children, the more I like it”. He contin- Theatre’s present day home and the last in the production of Rapunzel in 2017.
Felix O’Regan
ued performing until his death in 1990. series as the emphasis on the Irish language be- Photos 2 and 3: Dermot Carmody.
Gavan Bergin
came less of a focus for the Abbey.
Michael Behan
Before it moved to its current location the
Declan Hayden
Abbey found refuge when the old theatre burnt
Susan O’Brien down in The Queen’s Royal Theatre, Pearse
Anthony O’Reardon Street from 1951 until 1966. Built in 1829 and
originally called The Adelphi, it was rebuilt and
Crossword renamed The Queen’s Royal in 1844 and fea-
Gemma Byrne tured pantomimes from the start, and from the
1870s onwards followed the trend towards fairy
Design and Layout tales such as Robin Hood or Harlequin Gulliver
Eugene Carolan and the King of Lilliput. Household names like
Noel Purcell, Jimmy O’Dea and Danny Cum-
Ad Design mins played in pantomimes here.
Dara O Riordain It would be remiss to not mention Danny
Cummins or not to highlight Maureen Potter,
Events Pages renowned as the other half of a celebrated on-
Gary Burke stage comedy couple with Cummins for many a
pantomime in places like the Theatre Royal and
Sandymount in the Gaels Of Laughter revues in the Gaiety.
Community Services,
13A Fitzwilliam Street, THE EDITOR’S CORNER whodunnits (pg 25), laudatory memorials (pg 4), to bravery and in-
dependence (pg 6) and the curious and sad (pgs 10 & 11) – glory and
Ringsend, Dublin 4.
And so another year comes to a close, not just a year but to borrow scandal abounds. We had great submissions from locals, one being the
Telephone: (01)6673317 Auden’s September 1, 1939 ‘a low, dishonest decade.’ We are in appall- pg 4 feature mentioned above. We are thrilled to print a new column,
ing trouble with the grim inequality, ecocide and frightening discon- Reader’s Viewpoint (pg 8) and we invite readers to submit their view
E-mail: nection. But as offensive as these situations are we need to grasp them on topics and issues, local or global, for every issue. with both hands, to not be ‘uncertain and afraid’ but to be determined to Locals feature throughout, receiving lifetime awards, celebrating
change. Challenges are the flipside to solutions and where we currently 104th birthdays, raising funds and starting vital social endeavours. Or-
Website: stand provides the keys to embrace new values and resolve to build a dinary people being extraordinary and extraordinary people being ordi- better world. A world of higher values; one that reveres all life; one nary. One person who completely comprehended the actuality and im-
that eschews rapacious, diminishing, capitalism and instead promotes portance of this was that famous Dubliner, Gay Byrne. His passing also
Opinions expressed in NewsFour a supportive society and an economy of quality. A world that offers op- marks the end of an era, and there is a lovely tribute to him on pg 16.
do not necessarily represent portunities for everyone and a way of living that would benefit us all. We have all the listings of events in the area (pgs 20 & 21) and
the views of Sandymount Everyone has the capacity for this and everyone deserves to be given some ethical and purposeful gifts from local shops in the gardening
Community Services. the ability and support for it. 2020 is a new decade, the second of this section (pgs 30 & 31). In a hopeful signpost of future generations
newly minted century. What are we going to do with it? It is people and better values to come, this year’s books (pg 18) feature poetry,
Printed by who change things. It is people who are powerful. We have big ques- which achieved record sales last year (soaring to €12 million) driven
Webprint, tions to ask ourselves and big answers to give. Because the solution is by younger readers who hunger for nuance amid conflict and disaster.
Mahon, Co. Cork inside us – we have them already, we just need to facilitate ourselves Real gifts and hope that, as Auden says, ‘Show an affirming flame.’
and others, so it can be given. It is people, not systems, that decide. NewsFour wishes everyone a very happy Christmas, we ask you to
The theme of this issue is people. People’s lives, past and present. look out for the needful and one another, and to really think about and
There is no such thing as an ‘ordinary’ person or life – from local look forward to a New Year, a new decade and a new future. It’s time. December 2019 / January 2020 Page 3

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The NQSA, is the most sought-after
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Page 4 LOCAL / COMMUNITY December 2019 / January 2020

Maggie and me
n Anthony O’Reardon Thomas carried her to the knew very little about my moth-
ometime early in 2016 I kitchen where she bled profuse- er’s Keogh side of the family.
received a phone call from ly from her wounds. These are She grew up in Sherriff Street
a historian by the name of the exact details Maggie gave to and married my father from
Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc. He was detectives as she was attended Donnycarney. They moved to
writing a book about the War of to in Sir Patrick Dun’s hospital. England in the late 1960s and
Independence: Truce: Murder, While in hospital, around 1,000 had two daughters but returned
Myth and the Last Days of the people held a vigil outside her to Ireland and had me in 1975. I
Irish War of Independence. A home, reciting the rosary. grew up in Finglas and eventu-
fascinating and intriguing book Unfortunately, two days after ally met a beautiful Ringsender
revealing the atrocities carried being shot, Maggie died from – Amanda Cassidy. We married
out by the British Armed Forces her wounds on the 12th July. in 2002 and soon bought a house
in the final days leading to the Up to 2,000 people followed her in Ringsend where we live to-
truce between them and the IRA remains from the hospital to her day with our three children.
on the 11th July 1921. One of home. While passing Beggar’s A short time after Pádraig’s
those stories involved a young Bush Barracks, the two British book was published, a preview
woman from Irishtown by the Army sentries on duty stood to of my play “25 to Clanwilliam”
name of Margaret Keogh. attention in a mark of respect. was in NewsFour. I happened
The above description of to bring that issue out to my
Margaret (Maggie) Keogh Maggie’s life and what tran- mother and father to show them.
Born in 1900 to Michael and spired that fatal night was the A page or two after the pre-
Margaret Keogh, Maggie was only version known until recent view, the paper carried an arti-
the second eldest of nine chil- years. cle about Pádraig’s book which
dren to reside at No. 20 Stella Getting back to that phone mentioned Margaret Keogh’s
Gardens, Irishtown. Number 20 call, Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc was story. My father turned to me
faces out onto the River Dod- given my number from a mutual and said, “your Ma always said
der where the Shelbourne Park friend of ours who knew I was she had an Aunty Margaret who
Greyhound Racecourse is today. researching Irish Republican carried bullets for the IRA dur-
Maggie grew up to become history in the area. To be exact, ing the War of Independence.”
the captain of the Crokes Ladies I was researching the Battle of But the book claimed Mar-
Hurling team and was employed Mount Street Bridge 1916, in garet was a lone child and my to her grandnephew! In another researching and knocking on
as a clerical assistant at Hely order to put on a community mother knew her aunt had nine coincidence, there had been doors trying to find facts and
and Co., Dame St. She was well- play for the 1916 Centenary siblings. I emailed Pádraig there a Margaret Keogh Memorial relatives to complete this story,
known and liked in the area. Commemorations. and then explaining our confu- Committee formed in Ringsend some as far away as South Af-
She was also a member of the Pádraig was trying to find a sion. He immediately rang me and Irishtown and two members rica.
Ranelagh Branch of Cumman na descendant of Maggie so that saying his book had a slight er- of that very committee had vol- They also contacted Pádraig
mBan. It is not known why she he might find a photo of her to ror in relation to Maggie’s fam- unteered to be in my commemo- to enlighten him on what they’d
chose not to join the Ringsend include in his book. I called out ily size and that it seemed that ration play! found so he could set the re-
Branch. A proud Gaeilgeoir, she to anyone by the name Keogh, my mother’s aunt was in fact the I must take a minute to fully cord straight. Chris Ward of
was also a member of Conradh but had no success. I sent my same Margaret Keogh he was recognise this committee’s tire- Ringsend Productions and Shay
na Gaeilge and on one occasion apologies to Pádraig and that writing about! less efforts to commemorate Connolly have also contributed
whilst raising money for them was that… or so I thought This was amazing, a few Margaret’s legacy. The likes to promoting and commemorat-
she was arrested for refusing to My mother’s maiden name is months earlier, he had asked of Matt Ward, Michael Behan, ing Margaret’s life. Other mem-
answer a policeman in English Keogh. However, I have never me to find a relative of hers, lit- Frank Hopkins and Sandra bers include Suanne Moore, Ida
when questioned. heard of a Margaret Keogh. I tle did we know, he was talking Shortt who spent so much time Rooney and Damien Murphy,
There was no shadow of who all remember her story and
a doubt, Maggie Keogh was what she did for Irish freedom
known to the Dublin Metropoli- and are at present attempting to
tan Police as they were known have a memorial of some kind
at the time, hence, known to the erected in her memory in Stella
British Forces. Gardens.
Shortly after 11pm, on the As time went by, I soon
10th July 1921, just over twelve learned that there was an alter-
hours before the ceasefire came native version of events that
into effect that ended the War night back in 1921. Maggie’s
of Independence, British armed older sister, Mary Anne married
forces carried out raids in Irish- a man by the name of Thomas
town and possibly countrywide. Clarke. Mary Anne’s grand-
While Maggie and her daughters came forward with
18-year-old brother Thomas a different version. They were
were downstairs, there was told by their Grandmother that
knock on the door. Maggie an- she was with Maggie that night.
swered the door only to find They claim that the entire fam-
there was no one there. As she ily were involved with the IRA
turned, a shot was fired hitting and Cumann na mBan at the
her in the side. She fell to the time. They used to transport and
ground calling out to her mother hide guns and ammunition dur-
saying she was shot. ing the War of Independence. December 2019 / January 2020 LOCAL / COMMUNITY Page 5

Apparently, on this night, af- Memorial Committee and Pád-

ter a fire had been lit, a gun or raig Óg Ó Ruairc who conclud-
bullets fell into the fire which ed her graveside oration: “The
shot out and struck Maggie. fact that Margaret Keogh did not
They can only assume the story die with a gun in her hand fight-
in the papers was a cover up to ing the enemy forces like Sean
protect the family at the time as Treacy or at the end of a noose
nobody knew if the ceasefire after capture in battle like Kevin
would hold or in fact lead to our Barry, did not make her loss any
independence. less significant to her family, her
Regardless, there’s no doubt friends and her comrades in the
whatsoever that Margaret Ke- Republican Movement.”
ogh of Stella Gardens Irishtown, Also, in attendance were my-
one way or another, was fatally self, one of my sisters Collette
wounded carrying out her du- Farrell and our Dad Alfie along
ties as a member of Cumann na with my daughter Emma – Mag-
mBan in the fight for Irish free- gie’s great grand niece and oth-
dom. ers who wanted to show their
And it is for this reason that respect to a great woman.
on October the 12th 2019 The Unfortunately, the one person
National Graves Association who would have stood ten feet
(NGA) unveiled a new head- tall over everyone that day with
stone in her honour in Glasnev- pride wasn’t there, my mother
in Cemetery. Until then, Mag- Christina O’Reardon, or Chris-
gie only had a small headstone sie Keogh as she was fondly
about 1 foot by 1.5ft with the in- known, being Maggie’s niece.
scription “The Woman who died Sadly, Mam passed away last
for Ireland”. January but we know she was
We will be forever grateful to there in spirit beside Maggie and
the NGA and Matt Doyle for all all her family proudly watching
that they’ve done in Margaret’s the unveiling. Clockwise from page 4: Newspaper obituary from 1921 for Margaret Keogh;
memory and the countless other Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-an- speaker Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc on the left and Matthew Doyle of The National Graves Association
heroes of our great nation. It was amacha. bagpipe player and members of the Margaret Keogh Memorial Committee, right to left: Matthew Ward,
attended by the Margaret Keogh Up the Republic! Michael Began and Jasper Kearns.
Page 6 LOCAL / PROFILE December 2019 / January 2020

Molly Woods – Donnybrook’s forgotten heroine

n Eoin Meegan ton Terrace, and later in 131 in Ireland and became a Sinn Féin TD in the
ne of the lesser-known players in Morehampton Road, known first Dáil. Mellows played a leading part in
this country’s struggle for inde- as St Enda’s, which became the IRA contingent that occupied the Four
pendence is one Molly Woods. A the hub of much revolution- Courts between April and June 1922 (which
close friend of Michael Collins, Woods or- ary activity. There was al- included Tony Woods a son of Molly and
chestrated the exchange of arms from her ways a window left open Andrew’s).
home in Donnybrook and provided a safe at the front and back of the The siege famously ended when Free
haven for volunteers, both throughout the house where volunteers who State forces bombarded the Four Courts;
War of Independence, and the Civil War that had escaped from prison or later Mellows was executed in Mountjoy.
followed. were on the run could come After the Treaty, which Molly opposed, for-
But Molly’s origins were far from the and go in a hurry. mer comrades became bitter enemies and
busy commerce of the metropolis. She was, There they would receive this was a hard time for all concerned.
in fact, born in Monasteraden, County Sligo, food, a change of clothes When hostilities ceased, Molly became
a beautiful spot a short drive from Balla- (on one occasion Molly even involved in left-wing republican politics
ghaderreen in nearby County Roscommon. gave away Andrew’s best and was an active member of the Women’s
Her first encounter with insurrection had suit!) and weapons. Men Prisoners’ Defence League. In the 1930s
less to do with nationalism than with the like Sean Etchingham, Dick she co-founded the Indian-Irish Independ-
pernicious landlord-tenant system of nine- Mulcahy and Liam Mellows ence League. having maintained an interest
teenth century Ireland that saw many unjust were regular visitors, and in Indian politics since her time in Malta.
evictions. such to-ing and fro-ing natu- With the marriage of her daughter Ellen to
Molly recalls coming home from school the children of P. J. Murray in Galway, a rally attracted the attention of the authori- a young Indian student, and her friendship
one day and seeing a family sitting by the post she held for three years, leaving it to ties. with the suffragette Charlotte Despard, this
roadside in the rain surrounded by their become a governess to the O’Farrell fam- Consequently St Enda’s had the distinc- interest was reignited in the 1920s and 30s.
meagre possessions. They had been evicted ily. She travelled with them to Malta when tion of being raided probably more times She was a personal friend of both V. J. Pa-
from their smallholding. Major General O’Farrell, Surgeon-General than any other house, sometimes twice in tel and Subhas Chandra Bose. Patel, brother
Showing a mixture of curiosity and na- of the Royal Army Military Corps, was ap- the same day. Molly would buy guns from of Sardar Patel, became President of the In-
ivety, she expressed astonishment that the pointed Governor there. She loved her time the Free State soldiers and pass them on dian Legislative Assembly in 1925, while
family would not break the lock and go in Malta, and undoubtedly would have re- to the IRA. She also procured safe houses Bose believed in revolutionary overthrow
back in. When she was told that if they did mained there except that love intervened around the city at the behest of Michael Col- of the empire and is said to have modelled
they would be arrested and sent to prison, and 1902 saw her returning to Ireland to get lins, including on Marlborough Road and himself after Michael Collins. Molly also
she inquired why their neighbours wouldn’t married. Home Villas in Donnybrook, and St Mary’s met Gandhi and invited him to Dublin, but
shelter them. If they did, they too could face Showing an early talent for literature, Road, Ballsbridge. unfortunately it was not to be.
eviction was the reply. Molly started writing poems and short sto- On top of that she organised campaigns Recently, a laneway in Donnybrook, pre-
This experience made an indelible impres- ries when she was a child, but confessed she against conscription during the First World viously Belmont Court, has been renamed
sion on the young Molly Flannery. Coming always struggled with her spelling. She be- War, including a big meeting in Herbert ‘Wood’s Way’ in her honour. It runs from
from a highly politicised family (she recalls came a member of the Irish Fireside Club, Park, and was a member of Cumann na Belmont Avenue to Mount Eden Road and
at one time making flags at school), Molly an early literary organisation whose aim was mBan, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and is a fitting tribute to this woman who worked
was brought to meetings of the Land League to spread education, and specifically kind- also a Poor Law Guardian for the Dublin tirelessly to oppose injustice in whatever
with her parents from a young age where ness to animals. South Union. She made clothes for the chil- shape she found it.
she heard John Dillon, William O’Brien and Later she would join the Irish National dren of local families who were experienc- Even if her star has faded somewhat with
others speak. Literary Society, and eventually was co-opt- ing hardship, and along with other women the passing of years, and those dark days
The seeds of the Land League with its ed onto the council. Apparently, she showed in the area organised parties for them and have thankfully receded, people in Donny-
three-point demand: fair valuation, reduced some literary promise and had articles pub- toys at Christmas. All this was done with no brook still talk with fondness of Molly Flan-
rents, and security of tenure, would in time lished in a variety of publications, but later thought of remuneration. nery Woods, her eccentric manner and many
lead to the drive first for Home Rule, and decided not to pursue this career as her anti- Many great stories were told about the brave deeds.
then independence. Issues like personal war campaigning and other activities con- antics that took place at St Enda’s, and the
freedom and women’s rights would inevi- sumed all her time. Perhaps that is our loss. clever ruses Molly came up with to frus- Above: Molly Woods, photo from ‘Ireland,
tably become hitched to that wagon, and It was through the Irish Fireside Club that trate the authorities. Like when the police India and Empire’, by Kate O’Malley, Man-
Molly would find herself at the heart of it all. she met her husband Andrew Woods, from once barged in when a gun was left on chester University Press, 2008.
These meetings, along with her experi- Donnybrook. The couple started out as pen the table, Molly quickly covered it up and Below: Molly (second from right) with mem-
ence of local evictions, no doubt ignited that pals before she went to Malta and they had then told them her daughter had diphtheria bers of her extended family. (ibid).
rebellious streak that was to define her later made the decision to marry even before they and that it was highly con-
in adult life. met in person. By all accounts it was a very tagious. The police made a
Losing her mother when she was only happy marriage. Andrew was originally a very hasty retreat. At other
twelve meant Molly had to grow up quickly. supporter of John Redmond, the then leader times the womenfolk in the
Her maternal grandparents were both school of the Irish Parliamentary Party, but came house hid weapons in their
teachers, a profession she herself would lat- around in time to Molly’s more revolution- underwear.
er pursue. Her grandfather, fluent in several ary mindset. Sometimes, when she
languages, owned his own school and Molly He was loved by all who knew him, knew she was being watched,
was to follow in his footsteps. known as one of those people who was kind Molly would go on a very
She went to school in Ballaghaderreen, to everyone, even those who might be con- long walk leading her pur-
where she rose to be a pupil teacher. A viva- sidered his enemies. He had a great friend- suers on a wild goose chase.
cious and spirited character, once she turned ship with Michael Collins, and when he died Molly was particularly fond
down a good teaching post the local priest in 1929 Eamonn De Valera helped to carry of Liam Mellows. Liam
offered her because it came with one impor- his coffin from their home in Morehampton was the son of an English
tant proviso: she would be forbidden from Road to the Sacred Heart church in Donny- army officer and a Wexford
seeing boys. Molly was having none of it. brook. woman. He was born in Lan-
She eventually became a private tutor to At first Andrew and Molly lived in Eglin- cashire, but grew up mostly December 2019 / January 2020 Page 7
Page 8 LOCAL / COMMUNITY December 2019 / January 2020

Reader’s View: Homeless Dublin

n Michael Behan
t’s hard to believe that, in this day and age, over 10,000
people are homeless in Ireland, with a concentration in
Dublin, and a third of which are children. Most homeless
families are invisible as they struggle to live their normal lives
but one only has to take a stroll through Dublin City Centre,
particularly at night, to witness how bad this epidemic is.
It begs the question “What are we doing to correct it?” For
the people we see in clear sight, many will make stereotypi-
cal assumptions “Ah they’re hooked on drugs or alcohol” or
“they had their chance.” But we don’t know these individuals
or how they came to arrive at this stage of their lives.
Apart from the 10,000 plus homeless, there are 17,000 on a
housing waiting list for homes from Dublin City Council and
this figure has risen sharply over the years and the government
don’t seem to be coming up with solutions.
For a small country like Ireland which has come through
bail-outs, arguably successfully, and is one of the best per-
forming countries in Europe, we still cannot get things right 1945 – 1946 St Patrick’s College Ringsend
when it comes to housing people, which is a fundamental pro- Can you help? Michael Donnery of Pigeon House Road, Ringsend is trying to remember his classmates
vision in our constitution. in this photo attached and wants some help in naming them. To help NewsFour and Michael with the
As I contemplated the above, I decided to see for myself missing names, contact:
what is going on in the city and my first stop was to pay my Top, left to right: 1. 2. Joe Breen 3. 4. ? Mc Keever 5. Eamon Flood 6. 7. 8. 9. Ollie Mc Donald.
respects to Jonathon Corrie, who died as a homeless 43-year Second row: 1. 2. ? Ahern 3. 4. Dooner 5. ? McGuire 6. 7. 8. Noel Kavanagh 9.
old man at the front door of Dáil Eireann in 2014 around Third Row: 1. ? Gaffney 2. Willie Power 3. 4. Eddie Donnelly 5. ? Murphy 6. 7. 8. 9.
Fourth Row: 1. ? O’Dea 2. Michael Donnery 3. 4. Joe Barry (JB) 5. 6.7.
Christmas time. I remember this tragic event vividly as it was
expected to ‘kick-start’ change, yet things have only gotten 104 with NewsFour
worse. Right: Helen Dundar turned
Jonathon, originally from Kilkenny, had lived in the US and 104 this November. Here she is
returned to Ireland in search of treatment to help him with pictured celebrating at Mount
his addiction and start a new life. His partner Catherine said Tabor nursing home in Sand-
it didn’t turn out the way he had planned and hoped for. His ymount, with her fifth presiden-
daughter felt the State let her dad down. tial medal!
The inquest stated the Mr Corrie’s death was drug-related. Below: A picture of the special
Surely education and intervention could have prevented this cake prepared for Helen on the
very sad end and as I left the doorway where Jonathon died, day.
(Peter McNamara)
saddened, I continued on my walk wondering how many more
people have succumbed to a life on the streets for whatever
I walked down Dawson Street and crossed the road at Col-
lege Green and realized that only a week ago a young 30-year
old homeless man died in very similar circumstances. Again,
I thought to myself that surely these two events could have
been avoided and with State intervention and education I’m
certain they could have been.
My belief was confirmed as I arrived at the GPO and sat
beside a young 22-year old woman named Mary. As she was
wrapping up for the night, I quickly grabbed two coffees from
McDonalds. She explained she came from a dysfunctional
home and had no choice but to leave, following arguments
and the like. She’s on the housing list for a flat but was told
her wait will be 10 years.
As I tried to explain to her about the availability of hos-
tels, she stopped me in my tracks. She had been in a few of
them but had to leave due to drug use and violence. She felt
this was a better option to stay clean. I wonder how many
more men and women start this way and get dragged in. As I Ringsend sea scout leader Ciaran Bradshaw received one of Scouting Ireland’s highest awards two weeks
leaned against the cold granite wall of the GPO thanking God ago. He was presented with Scouting Ireland’s Gold Meritorious Award for “leadership of the most inspiring
kind”. He is the Group Leader of the 1st Port of Dublin Sea Scouts (Ringsend) and has been involved as a
I have a roof over my head, I’m sure I heard a faint voice filter
volunteer for over 25 years. He is also Scouting Ireland’s head of sailing and rowing.
through the cracks “I gave my life for equality and a better The group in Ringsend reopened in 2014 and allows young people to develop nautical skills and enjoy
Ireland for all men and women and this is how it turned out.” outdoor activities. There is a high demand for membership, so young people are always advised to put their
I’m sure it was Padraig Pearse. I hope Mary’s ok. name on the waiting list as soon as possible.
The award was presented on a scout mountaineering event in Wales. December 2019 / January 2020 Page 9

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The story of
John Hearn
n Peter McNamara The Merchant Sailors mainland was an essential tar-
or over 70 years, a During the war, the Royal get for the Nazis. Whether large
question mark hung Navy took anyone they could get or small, merchant ships were
over the fate of local to work their vessels, but it was hunted ferociously. These often
lad John Hearn. In 1939, he by no means an ordinary job. unarmed, unarmoured vessels,
went off to join the merchant Merchant seamen “signed on” were frequently attacked by ene-
navy during the Second World to sail aboard a ship for a voy- my ships, planes and submarines
War, aged 19. From that date, age or succession of voyages. – and sometimes by all three at
up until the new millennium After being “paid off” at the end once. sailor must have felt. He prob- morial, erected on the banks of
and beyond, the parents and of that time, they could either In this way, the humble mer- ably didn’t know where to go, the Newry River, carried the
relatives of John Hearn never sign on for a further engage- chant sailor – those ordinary or what to do. Having survived names of those that had died on
knew what became of him. ment if they were required, or to men like John Hearn, from or- an attack that claimed the lives the HMS Privet and HMS Wal-
He was never seen again. take unpaid leave before signing dinary backgrounds – might be of every other man must have nut. They had a fine unveiling
Of course, his family as- aboard another ship. the most unsung heroes of the been traumatic to say to least. ceremony, attended by many
sumed the worst, but they Some sailors might choose to Second World War. Such sailors What’s more, there in the mid- of the relatives of those other
never gave up hoping. Lest settle wherever their ship had sustained a considerably higher dle of the Irish sea, how could fallen sailors. But there was a
he return to Ringsend one docked, and work ashore. There casualty rate than almost every he know the quickest direction problem. Those that erected the
day, his mother always kept were a wide range of roles on a other branch of the armed ser- to shore? It just so happened plaque knew all the names on it
a place set for him at the din- merchant ship. John Hearn most vices (over one in four merchant that not far from him, floating – except for one. Who was John
ner table, and left the door to likely started out as a “Boy”, a seamen lost their lives) and they nearby, there was a great big Hearn?
their cottage unlocked. She kind of apprenticeship, through suffered great hardship. Across cow. Contact had never been made
had three daughters; John which you could learn your cho- long Atlantic crossings, carry- This cow was most likely with his family. All they knew
was her only son. sen profession right up to the ing arms and supplies to Britain part of the Privet or the Wal- of him was that he might have
The full facts of John’s sto- level of “Master Mariner” – also from the US, it’s hard to imagine nut’s cargo. Luckily for this been from somewhere in Dub-
ry only came to light in 2012, known as a captain. the days and nights spent toiling merchant sailor, the cow kicked lin. Members of the Newry Mar-
with help from the Lord May- The merchant seamen who on deck in fear of attack from into action. Literally. The cow itime Association asked Cllr
or of Newry, Councillor Pat crewed the ships of the British an invisible U-boat submarine. began to kick its legs and swim. Paddy McCartan, who attended
McCartan, and NewsFour. Merchant Navy during the Sec- The men, who could be aged Animals, and cows especially, the ceremony, if he could trace
By remarkable happenstance, ond World War kept the United anywhere from fourteen through have a strong sense of direction. John Hearn’s relatives. Thus
and with some unlikely coin- Kingdom supplied with raw ma- to their late seventies, were fun- They have an instinctive aware- began a chain of events which
cidences, the sad truth even- terials, arms, ammunition, fuel, damental in winning the war for ness of tides, temperatures and culminated in families from
tually reached the Hearn fam- food and all of the necessities of the Allies. currents and in this way the both Newry and Dublin com-
ily. a nation fighting for its survival. cow could deduce the direction ing together to bring closure to
According to his living The work of these humble sea- John Hearn’s story to the nearest shore. When the an extremely sad episode for all
descendants, John “always men was fundamental in keep- John was working on the HMS sailor saw the cow beginning those involved.
wanted to join the navy”. ing the Allied war effort going. Privet for a year, when disaster to swim, he followed, and hung Cllr McCartan said, “I gave
Perhaps it was a spirit of ad- Without a supply of food for its struck. In 1940, the Privet was on to the animal’s tail, and in a them a pledge that I would en-
venture that sent him on his population and raw materials for making what you might con- matter of hours the two made deavour to find the relatives of
way and he’d have been hap- its arms production, a country sider to be an ordinary crossing, it back ashore. If this man had John Hearn. It was as a result of
py enough earning a few bob. could not fight. from Northern Ireland to the not survived, if this cow had not a letter published in NewsFour
Whatever his reasons, the Britain relied heavily on im- British west coast. The ship left been there to assist him, the sad that three people contacted me;
nineteen-year-old John bade ported goods and materials, all Warrenpoint in County Down, story of the Privet might never Therese Finnegan, Christy Pul-
farewell to his family, and of which were carried over sea, but never reached its destina- have been known. len and May Kane.”
to his native Ringsend, to go and for this very reason, any car- tion across at Birkenhead. In For some reason – due to Word filtered through, and
and work on the HMS Privet. go vessel headed for the British the narrow channel of the Irish some error or misunderstanding news finally reached John
sea, a U-boat was patrolling, – news of John Hearn’s untime- Hearn’s surviving family. Over
looking for any merchant ship, ly end never reached his fam-
so as to deprive Britain of those ily in Dublin. Hearing nothing
essential war-sustaining sup- from him, they eventually made
plies. The U-boat sunk both the inquiries. The Hearn family
HMS Privet and her sister ship, could not be told with certainty
the HMS Walnut. John Hearn, what had happened to their boy.
and the rest of the crew, per- It would take over 70 years, and
ished in the water. a few more unlikely events, for
That might have been the the full truth to reach Ringsend.
end of the story, but it turned
out that from the two ships The Lord Mayor, the plaque,
one crewman survived. After and the newspaper
the torpedo attack, amid the In August 2012, a crowd gath-
burning wreckage, this seaman ered at Victoria Lock in Newry,
found himself alive. in the north of Ireland, to watch
One can only imagine the ter- their Lord Mayor unveil a spe-
ror and confusion this surviving cial plaque. The Maritime Me- December 2019 / January 2020 LOCAL / FEATURE Page 11

half a century later, his loved they met the Lord Mayor of Ne-
ones finally learned the whole wry. Although it was ultimately
story of what became of their a cruel fate that met John Hearn,
intrepid son, and perhaps felt a through coincidence and hap-
sense of resolution at last. penstance, and by the efforts of
John died like so many or- kind-minded strangers (and one
dinary men in WWII. He was swimming cow) John’s story
a lad in search of work, and came to be known. There are
maybe a little adventure, thrust many other nameless soldiers,
into heroic circumstances. His and countless unmarked graves.
service helped shape the world This at least is one story with a
we live in today. little bit of closure.

Jack Pullen: A gold medal for Page 10, clockwise from bottom
bravery left:
And John Hearn wasn’t the The HMS Privet, pictured sail-
only man from Ringsend to ing down Carlingford Lock. In-
take to the high seas. Captain set on the frame is a picture of
Jack Pullen (pictured) was an- John Hearn as he would have
other heroic local sailor. In fact, looked around the time he left
Pullen was even awarded a gold for the Merchant Navy.
medal for bravery by the Presi- The Hearn family (John is the
dent of the United States. baby in the left foreground).
He was a Seaman of the Brit- The certificate awarded by the
ish Steamship, the HMS Oyler- Royal Navy, in acknowledge-
ic. And along with three other ment of John Hearn’s service.
seamen, Pullen was honoured “He gave his life to save man-
for his courage in the rescue kind from tyranny.”
of passengers from the U.S. This page:
schooner Valkyria. and with a high sea running, Captain Jack Pullen. As a part In the end when news of John Captain Jack Pullen pictured at
At 6.30pm on November the Oyleric launched a lifeboat, of the rescue operation, Pullen Hearn’s untimely end reached Government Buildings in Dub-
5th, 1926, the Oyleric picked manned by the first mate, third courageously saved the lives of his family, they were also invit- lin, receiving the gold medal
up a distress signal from the mate, boatswain, and four Dub- all 12 of the Valkyria’s crew, ed to a special party at the man- of the President of the United
Valkyria. Against a strong wind lin seamen – one of whom was which included two children. sion house in Dublin, at which States for his brave rescue.
Page 12 December 2019 / January 2020

Refurbished RICC

The Refurbished Community Centre is OPEN! We’re more dedicated than

ever to meeting the needs of our community. Drop in and see us sometime!

RICC – Creating a Community

Centre of Excellence
for the Community

he refurbishment of the Centre is now complete. Tuesday
29th October saw a celebration of the much-awaited com-
pletely refurbished Ringsend and Irishtown Community
Centre. The celebration service took place in St Patrick’s Church,
Ringsend with refreshments afterwards provided by Google at the
new refurbished RICC.
Many thanks to Fr Ivan Tonge and all the wonderful RICC staff,
volunteers, community members, groups, stakeholders and public
representatives for all the support during the process and for their
participation in making our community celebration service a very
special and memorable occasion.
This refurbishment/development of the community centre is
fundamental to improve the area of Ringsend and Irishtown. The
revised plan will bring the community centre up to date by provid-
ing a fully-functioning, high standard place of work and access.
We will upgrade spaces for these valuable services we provide
for the Elderly, services for people with disabilities, and youth
services and crèche.
Among other things, but not exclusively, the positive effects of
the refurbishment and new structure will be:
a) The local community will benefit by having access to a fit for
purpose building which will cater for a greater number of people
and activities.
b) The staff will benefit by having an up-to-date working envi-
c) The provision of a community café will promote social inter-
action, enterprise and employment.
d) The upper floor with its new lay-out allows us to have a larger
space for drama, dance, theatre, shows and other social activities.
The centre is at present limited as room size impacts on capacity.
This will provide much-needed space for community activities.
The cost for the refurbishment is approx. €1,554,950.00. This
is funded by Community Gain Fund – from Covanta and Dublin
City Council. The design team are John O Neill, Architect; Der-
mot Hogan, QS and Mythen Construction. Many thanks for all
your support. December 2019 / January 2020 Page 13

Have you claimed your PRSI

Dental Entitlements for 2019?
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Among the benefits available under ly last thing at night Dr Jennifer Collins is lead general
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wards a scale and polish. plaque, preferably before brushing 2004 and has been working in private
A dental examination looks at the Use a fluoride toothpaste to help keep practice for over ten years. Dr Collins
With Christmas on the horizon, now is general health of your teeth, gums and teeth strong and prevent dental decay has a special interest in cosmetic, re-
an ideal time to avail of your dental en- mouth. Regular check-ups allow your Reduce frequency of sugary snacks storative and implant dentistry and is
titlements for 2019. dentist to detect conditions such as tooth and carbonated drinks fully trained in facial aesthetics.
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Page 14 CULTURE / ARTS December 2019 / January 2020

Art Source 2019

n Geneva Pattison
he largest art fair in Ire-
land made a welcome
return to Dublin from the
15th to the 17th of November
in the RDS. Art Source featured
work from 200 professional art-
ists and galleries, from both Irish
and international exhibitors.
There were artworks in many
different mediums on show in-
cluding sculpture, paintings,
print, ceramics, photography and
illustration. These were available
for purchase by the public during
the three-day event.
A wonderful aspect of this event
was the fact that you got to buy public. gated figures in many of her our and texture.
work directly from the artist There was a special initiative pieces bring a dreamy quality If you’re interested in checking
or gallery representative. This called the 100 for €100, which to her paintings and her use of out some of the artists who were
gave you a chance to have a called for the artists to create a gold leaf creates an air of maj- in attendance at the event, visit
conversation about the inspira- bespoke piece of art to sell for esty within her work. the featured artists section of the
tion behind a piece of art. €100. If one was interested in Another artist I’d like to men- Art Source website.
Whether you’re drawn to the entering the world of collecting, tion is Chris Quinlan, who uses Art Source is a ticketed event,
abstract pieces or a more clas- this would present an excellent a style of painting similar to please visit the website below
sical style of painting, the en- opportunity. Van Gogh. His use of colour is for ticket prices and further in-
tire fair represented art in mo- There were a few artists in par- inviting and lively, with under- formation on the next Dublin
tion. We’re talking and thinking ticular that caught my eye, the currents of yellows and oranges dates.
about art but more importantly, first being Ann McKenna. The running throughout his art. Even
Art Source was promoting the main themes in her work are his winter landscape pieces
idea of making original artwork inspired by Irish legends and evoke a sense of being warm to Left: Chris Quinlan art.
affordable and accessible to the classic fairy tales. The tall, elon- the touch through his use of col- Photo: Geneva Pattison.

1) A difficult age for a toddler (8, 4)
The NewsFour Crossword 8) Unpleasant (weather) (9) Solutions for the
9) Ruby coloured cosmetic (5)
Compiled by Gemma Byrne 10) Without purpose/aim (13) october / november
13) Stratum (4) 2019 Crossword
14) Originally called (3)
15) One who is jealous of another’s success (9) Across:
16) These initials are explosive? (1.1.1) 1) Flight of fancy; 8) Lederho-
17) Low-pitched fish? (4) sen; 9) Haka; 10) Egged on; 12)
19) Stew (6) Cumin; 13) Streetcar; 16) Goi-
220 Icelandic yogurt-like product (4) tre; 17) Diminish; 19) Neat; 20)
24) Pendulous mammary gland (5) Syringe; 22) Derg; 24) Frivo-
25) Clues written in code (7) lous; 27) Insignificant.
26) Kit-out (5)
28) Under a false impression, like Mitty (10)
29) Maxim (5)
1) Filleting Knife; 2) Indigo;
DOWN: 3) Hereditary; 4) Fuss; 5) An-
1) Reliable (5, 3, 6) nouncement; 6) Yearn; 7) Train
2) Happening regularly (9) of thought; 11) Need; 14)
3) Stop, collaborate and listen up for this 90’s hit Ranked; 15) Fixation; 18) Ty-
(3, 3, 4) coon; 21) Roti; 23) Eton; 25)
4) Ogling (7) SPF; 26) Tic.
5) Silver-grey metal (8)
6) Workers representative (4, 7) Prize of €25 book token. Post
7) Don’t forget your shovel if you want entries to NewsFour, 13A Fit-
to live here? (4) zwilliam Street, Ringsend,
11) Respectful form of address (3) Dublin 4 by 24th January 2020.
12) Filthy modern music genre? (5)
18) This runs alongside the main story (7)
20) Susan is doing this desperately? (7) The winner of our October/
Name:…………………………… Telephone:………………… 21) Room for manoeuvre (6) November crossword compe-
23) Capitulate (5) tition is Eileen Quinn, Mount
24) Employ (3) Merrion.
Address:………………………………………………………… 25) Brink (4)
27) I can prove it? (1.1.1) December 2019 / January 2020 CULTURE / ARTS Page 15

Q: Your David Attenborough shout out to the organisation In-
mural was attached to a larger ner City Helping the Homeless
issue, that being FIE’s Climate (ICHH), for their tireless work

street art
Case Ireland. Considering your helping people on the streets
tie to the historic proceedings, of Dublin navigate and escape
have you tried reaching out to homelessness. The collective

under threat
David Attenborough himself have worked closely with the
for a few words on the subject ICHH, which saw SUBSET rais-
of art or climate? ing €23,000 for the charitable
We reached out to his people organisation through two exhibi-
but we imagine they were too tions, creating a magazine and a
busy with more pressing matters. documentary screening.
Q: You mentioned on your The positive impact SUBSET
website that you would keep have made in Dublin’s cultural
creating artworks and remove scene runs deep. They’re creating
them upon DCC’s request, until art which tackles difficult subjects
you painted a piece of art you like the housing crisis, climate
felt shouldn’t be removed. Have change and mental health. Mak-
you painted that important art- ing art based on these topics is the
work yet? imaginative and creative act that
We don’t believe that any art- will keep the conversation going
works should be removed on amongst the public. Whether you

n Geneva Pattison and the Daily Edge writing about (FIE), brought against the Irish the grounds by which they are are a fan of street art or not, SUB-
reland is the country of saints it. Government. at present. But for ourselves, we SET are fighting the good fight to
and scholars, of rebels and Having been in correspondence The case, also known as “Cli- have to consider how the situa- keep the artistic heart of Dublin
revolutionaries and, of course, with Dublin City Council for the mate Case Ireland” took issue tion would affect us. No doubt it beating through these strange and
a long legacy of creativity. This last two years, their battle seems with the government’s Climate will be a difficult and long drawn ever changing times.
essence of freedom and artistry is to be continuing. This year, SUB- Action Plan and was filed in 2017. out process so we have to be cog- To learn more about SUBSET
ingrained in us. SET received orders for the re- Earlier this year, the High Court nisant of when we can afford to and their work visit: https://store.
However, more recently there moval of their mural “Horseboy”, ruled in the government’s favour. take that step. We don’t do things
has been a palpable shift within which displays a striking image The FIE are appealing this ruling. in half measures so we need to be
the city’s capital. Sometimes it of a young boy sitting on a horse NewsFour got in touch with prepared and zoned in on the task David Attenborough and
feels that, as new hotels loom and is located on Stirrup street on SUBSET to get some more infor- at hand. Horseboy images courtesy of
over the streets of Dublin, the col- the northside of the city. mation on the subject SUBSET also wanted to give a SUBSET.
ourful tapestry of creativity wo- The group started a petition
ven throughout our city is slowly to save the mural, and now has Q: What is your art mani-
being unravelled. In its place, we close to 6,000 signatures sup- festo?
see corporate blandness. porting the art collective’s posi- We aim to provoke thought and
One group trying to combat this tion. In August, SUBSET updated support dialogue regarding im-
is the Rathgar-based collective the petition, announcing that An portant social issues. We want to
SUBSET. The group is challeng- Bord Pleanála will make an of- transform our country to an open
ing the perceived norms surround- ficial ruling on the matter this air gallery and we want to assist
ing street art and are proposing December. Even more recently, in its recognition as a cultural
that the removal of such artworks the DCC ordered that SUBSET’s trailblazer.
is the removal of an expression of David Attenborough mural lo- Q: What do you think of the
Dublin’s cultural identity. cated near Portobello should be DCC’s Public Art Programme?
Their first large-scale project removed. The piece was painted, Not without merit, but contra-
was a photorealistic mural of the to celebrate “the life and work of dictory.
Grime artist Stormzy in 2017, David Attenborough, as a nod to Q: Do the policies outlined
now included in a collection of his fight against the desecration in the proposal strategy of the
past works entitled “Grey Area”. of our planet and its wildlife” as Public Art Programme give
SUBSET were ordered to remove stated on SUBSET’s website. street artists enough freedom of
the painting by the council, de- However, this mural is just one expression?
spite reports of it boosting tour- part of a much bigger picture. We don’t believe so.
ism in the area. The collective have also said that Q: How do you feel about the
A number of other pieces were they wish to use the Attenborough public support you’ve been re-
part of the “Grey Area” collec- mural dispute to highlight a High ceiving via the petition to save
tion, including a mural of Rubber Court case that the organisation, “Horseboy”?
Bandit and lauded mental health Friends of the Irish Environment Grateful.
advocate, Blindboy Boatclub. Q: What inspired the piece
The piece was originally accom- “Horseboy” ?
panied by a monochrome image The original photo of the young
of Donald Trump wearing a cap lad on the horse was taken on
that read, “Make Dublin grey Smithfield Square by Australian
again”. Photographer James Horan. We
Trump was eventually replaced came across it and reached out to
with a painting of the iconic musi- him to see if he’d allow us use it
cian Luke Kelly. The two much- as the basis for a piece. While we
loved Irish creative powerhouses were painting, Stormzy, the ten-
placed side by side garnered a lot ant of a house (located near the
of attention, with media outlets mural) asked us would we paint
such as the Independent, his wall. Horseboy was the result.
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A farewell to Gaybo
n Eoin Meegan to use the dreaded condom (how death he said: “He [Gay] provid-
here was a widespread backward were we?) Nell Mc- ed a safe non-judgmental space
outpouring of grief across Cafferty aptly described Gay as where you could begin to think in
the country when the news “a political weathervane.” a modern way.”
broke of the sad passing of Gay Gay had the ability to tap into To think in any way was not
Byrne last month. It was almost the psyche of the nation, to know something people knew how to
a cathartic experience for the na- just how far to push out the enve- do back then. It was only when
tion. lope, and when to hold back. He we left these shores, as so many
Here was a man Ireland had was never one to shy away from had to do out of necessity, that we
grown up with, shared much of its controversy, and if he ventilated realised how stifling it was here.
most intimate moments, and now issues that were previously con- So while the iconic Late Late low others to tell their story with- style to keep his private life just
was parting company with for sidered taboo, it wasn’t because might be Gay’s legacy, I think it out unnecessary interruption from that: private.
good. It’s hard to find valedictory he was pushing a liberal agenda, was his radio show where his real the interviewer; a lesson many of Gay could be charming, sarcas-
words. Much has been written as has been sometimes miscon- genius shone. His listening skills today’s broadcasters could take on tic, witty, engaging, infuriating
about Gay over the weeks since strued. Gay was himself inher- were legendary. Hearing Gay read board. even. His avuncular personality
his parting, and that memorable, ently conservative. letters in that urbane voice from No stranger to misfortune him- meant the moniker ‘Uncle Gaybo’
quasi state funeral in the Pro Ca- Rather, it was because he had people often in the depths of de- self Byrne was kept on a three- was a fitting one. He was loved by
thedral. Some of it hyperbole, but the insight to see the change spair, one sometimes got an eerie month contract up until 1985. By people across a wide spectrum of
much of it coming from the heart. that was waiting to happen, that sense of intrusion into another’s then he was more than a house- the population.
Byrne dominated the airwaves would happen anyway, and sim- private pain. hold name, he was part of the fab- Gay began his broadcasting ca-
in this country through the 60s, ply helped facilitate its passage. Paralysis and frustration ran ric of our consciousness. In light reer with RTE in 1958 presenting
70s, 80s and 90s with his televi- Much of what he did found dis- deep. Gay managed it all with of the current controversy around a 15-minute jazz programme eve-
sion show the Late Late, and also favour with the mighty powers sensitivity and compassion. Par- salaries that is raging in RTE this ry Monday night. Ironically, he
his radio show. During his tenure of conservatism which held this ticularly memorable was the Anne begets its own irony. bowed out with his very popular
as host of the Late Late we wit- country in its deathly grip for so Lovett affair. When that story Nor was he paid the inflated Sunday night jazz programme on
nessed some of the best moments long. broke the nation was visibly shak- salary that TV presenters today Lyric FM. You could say he came
of television anywhere: the bishop There were the predictable calls en, and very angry. Even if we still seem to feel they’re worth. Then full circle.
and the nightie, the Annie Murphy from certain quarters for him to didn’t know what to do, there was there was the well-aired Russell Gay died after a battle with can-
interview, the Terry Keane expose, resign or be fired. But Gay always a sense that change would have Murphy affair, where Gay, along cer at his Howth home in Novem-
the demolition of the inflated ego held his nerve, and to their credit to come. I think his handling of with other high profile public fig- ber, survived by his wife Kath-
of Pádraig Flynn, his rapport with so too did RTÉ. It was as if eve- that issue made it easier for pro- ures lost a lot of money. I’m not leen, their two daughters Suzy
Sinead O’Connor, the ground- ryone knew these conversations grammes such as States of Fear to sure if he ever fully recovered and Crona, and grandchildren.
breaking interview with David needed to take place. happen. from that betrayal. Gay was a man He contributed in no small way to
Norris long before it was fashion- I think President Michael D In later years this art of listen- with deep insecurities, although the tolerant and outward looking
able to talk about homosexuality, Higgins summed it up perfectly, ing would again blossom in The he never let them interfere with Ireland that we take for granted
just to name check a few. when, on the special tribute Late Meaning of Life, which became his professionalism. Indeed, for today.
And who can forget when he Late show that was aired by RTE a kind of second career for him. a man who lived his life in the
demonstrated to the nation how just days after the broadcaster’s Gay could be present and just al- public gaze he managed Houdini- Image courtesy of Google.

Dublin Port Diaries

Starting last year, Dublin Port Fighting Words is an organisa-
gathered 17 former dockworkers, tion which aims to help students
now members of the Dockwork- of all ages to develop their writ-
ers Preservation Society, and ing skills and explore their love
their family members for a series of writing. The dockers were en-
of storytelling workshops which couraged to contribute to the Dia-

were facilitated by artists Theresa ries by writing their recollections
ublin Port Diaries’, a McKenna, Orla Lehane, Colm of life on the docks in their own
collection of Dock- Quearney and volunteer staff words and the stories contained
land stories and a col- of Fighting Words. The stories in the book are a combination of
laboration between Port Perspec- shared at these workshops, which these anecdotes written by the “Congratulations to the dockers, fine example of that in action.”
tives and Fighting Words, was highlighted the rich history and dockers themselves, while oth- their families and all who worked
launched last month at Port Cen- heritage of the Port and its com- ers are transcriptions of the oral with the artists at Fighting Words Pictured on far left are Roddy
tre with renowned Dublin author munities, became the Dublin Port retellings that were shared at the to create Port Diaries. The book Doyle, Fighting Words Board
Roddy Doyle in attendance. Diaries. workshops. not only captures the anecdotes, Member and Eamonn O’Reilly,
The book is a collaborative pro- The book features insights and Dublin Port Diaries will be humour and friendships that were CEO, Dublin Port at the launch
ject between Dublin Port’s arts stories from the retired workers of available (while stocks last) in part of life on the docks, but pro- of the ‘Dublin Port Diaries’ book,
commissioning programme, and life on the docks, how the docks Port Centre, from Fighting Words vides us with an important piece a collection of personal Dockland
Fighting Words, a creative writing have changed over the years, a and in local community centres, of living history that might other- stories written by retired dock
organisation established by Doyle Dockers’ Dictionary and even a namely St Andrew’s Resource wise be lost. It’s so important that workers.
with Seán Love in 2009. The ini- catalogue of some of the irrever- Centre, Sean O’Casey Communi- we hear these stories first-hand Above left: Also pictured at the
tiative is the first time that the pro- ent and interesting nicknames ty Centre, East Wall Youth Centre and preserve them for future gen- launch are The Skipper Dunnes
gramme has explored the written which were bestowed upon the and Ringsend Community Centre. erations. That’s what Dublin Port’s and Skipper Jackson families.
word, following successful thea- workers and their colleagues dur- Eamonn O’Reilly, Dublin Port Port Perspectives programme is Photos courtesy Shane O’Neill
tre, music and artistic productions. ing their time at the Port. Company chief executive, said all about, and this project is a very Photography. December 2019 / January 2020 Page 17
Page 18 POETRY REVIEW December 2019 / January 2020

Review: Irish Contemporary Poets with nothing to look at but the “timber baseboards” is
transformed into a vast magical forest “that cannot exist”.
Similar to a concrete poem, the lines of this poem are
grouped two by two and its form takes on the shape of
the wooden boards. We see the boards and the secret trees
within. The poet laments on adventures that could have
been had this woodland been real, and again we’re re-
minded that this is just an empty room.
After this momentary lapse back into reality, Ní Ghrío-
fa draws the reader back into this fantastical microcosm.
She looks deeper again and sees that “an owl is peering
up” from a branch. There’s a beautiful fluidity in the po-
et’s words as she describes the owl. His “curved beak”
is “hushed, cursed” as he peers out silently. He tells the
speaker a story with a single look, he sees her, he knows
her. “I see through you, I do, I see through you,” he seems
to say. The poem exists in a realm where fact meets fiction.
Where the most implausible of circumstance can reflect
The Quick is a collection of poetry by Jessica Traynor.
This book asks us to examine our collective shared history
as Dubliners and reflect upon certain haunting societal
aspects of today. Traynor was commissioned by Salvage
Press to write a contemporary response to Jonathan Swift’s
satirical essay A Modest Proposal and the assortment of
voices we hear in The Quick is the result. Just as Swift’s
essay reflected upon a darker side to Irish life during his
time, Traynor deals with modern crises deftly within her
own nine-part poem, A Modest Proposal.
In part IV of the poem, Tender Butchery, we see the

n Geneva Pattison poet explore the idea of pain. The opening line tells of speaker, much like the title suggests, as a sentient algo-
ostoyevsky once wrote that “Lying is a delightful the speaker’s “feet” cramping “in the stirrups”, as if on a rithm organising “the building blocks of life”. In the
thing, for it can lead to truth.” Can a lie be beauti- horse. During Jonathan Swift’s lifetime, wealthy women speaker’s world these boxes “are clean and defined”, they
ful? This is the topic examined in the poetry col- were permitted to ride horses, but could only do so if rid- must fill and empty each box as required, using a specific
lection Lies by bilingual writer Doireann Ní Ghríofa. This ing side-saddle, so as to supposedly protect their virginity. formula. The line “it is my job to fill some boxes and emp-
volume is the second collection from the poet and includes To mount a horse in any other way was considered ob- ty others” is particularly biting.
both Irish and English versions of the poems, as translated scene and unladylike. This cold, flippant pseudologic applied to a highly com-
by the poet. The speaker in the poem goes on to say “I consider my plex and serious issue such as displacement is a direct nod
Reading each poem consecutively, we are woven into own sensation splitting within me” and we have to question to Swift’s sardonic proposal in his own essay. As the poem
the very fabric of the poet’s intimate past. Her first kisses, whether these are hospital stirrups. Just as women were continues, the narrator’s voice shifts away from defini-
first loves, motherhood, embarrassment and loss. The way expected and forced to ride a horse in a virtuous manner, tive absolutism, upon seeing a flaw in their schema. Their
in which Ní Ghríofa steers us through so much of her per- using medical stirrups (a method now widely rejected by infallible “system would fracture into another unsolved
sonal history is intrepidly brave, as if sharing one’s private doctors and patients alike) also represents a historic image equation”. However, as the speaker realises, perfection is
diary entries. However, the very first line of the collec- of archaic medical practises involving pregnant women. not derived from maintaining symmetry. Happiness and
tion’s blurb reminds us to stop and question “when does a We’re dealing with restriction and discomfort. The speak- beauty can still be found, even in the most “imperfect” of
poem tell the truth? When is it a lie?” Upon re-reading, we er changes the subject, thinking instead of “mementoes, situations.
see a metamorphic shift within Ní Ghríofa’s words. about what we can carry home and what we can’t”. Contemporary and classical poetry lovers alike will
The poem Call deals with the nature of communication A contrast emerges as we move away from the harsh thoroughly enjoy these books. Doireann Ní Ghríofa trans-
and its evolution over time. The poet writes, “… no tel- image of metal stirrups, as the narrator compares herself forms seemingly mundane everyday tasks into romantic,
ephone cord binds us anymore…”, speaking of the instan- to a pair of dainty gloves “stitched from chicken skin”. fantastical and beautifully strange poetic tales. Much like
taneous closeness a landline phone call used to provide She feels “that delicate”, as if she may be ripped to shreds the intricate lilt of Sean-nós singing, there’s a rich orna-
for so many, hearing a crackle in a person’s voice or every at any moment. The speaker wants to take this vulnerable mentality ingrained within these personal stories.
breath they’ve taken. feeling and “lock it up in a walnut shell” and “crush it or In Jessica Traynor’s work, we see a visceral energy at
The beginning of the poem is composed in a way which swallow it whole”. This feeling is unwelcome. The final play in each poem. This power is fuelled by the sins of the
mimics the back and forward of the telephone call, it’s line is a bold one, as the narrator, no longer afraid, states past and mirrors our current societal struggles, both na-
separate but clear. In the second half of the poem, the poet “the world has no business wearing my skin”. tionally and internationally. A myriad of character voices
talks about connecting through the computer. The almost Traynor brings us on a journey in this poem. We’re ques- are summoned from the ether to guide us through aspects
inevitable breaks in the internet signal and that frustrating tioning the traditional masculine and feminine roles, we’re of life, death and what it means to exist today.
feeling of disconnection is echoed through her spacing of questioning the inherited trauma of what it has historically If you’re looking for something thought-provoking or
words. meant to be born female and we’re realising, we should different to buy this Christmas for the bibliophile in your
When language is broken up, meaning is often lost or be the only ones who command our own personal destiny. life, either one of these collections would certainly set
misinterpreted – it is not a true reflection of the person In A Proposed Housing Algorithm, part VI of the same their souls alight.
we want to speak to, because the immediacy of that con- poem, the housing and refugee crisis is examined. The Both Lies and The Quick are titles published by
nection is lost. Separated by a screen, a weak signal and voice in this poem acts as a figure of authority, breaking Dedalus Press and available from Books On The Green
maybe infinite land miles, one has to ask, are computers down the topic of placement and that of the displaced. and all other good bookshops.
really the future of human connection? “Think of the country as a small white box and, within
Ní Ghríofa deals with the abstract in her imaginative it, millions of smaller boxes, each with a dot of red like Book covers of “Lies” by Doireann Ní Ghríofa and “The
poem Marginalia (impossible forest). A simple, bare room the blood spot in an egg”. The poet presents the unnamed Quick” by Jessica Traynor. Cover photos: Geneva Pattison. December 2019 / January 2020 CULTURE / LITERARY Page 19

James Joyce: lost. “We must take into con-

sideration that there are other
people buried there, family

A sort of homecoming members who have nothing to

do with Ireland,” he said. So
perhaps the shrine to the great

n Eoin Meegan the motion, said it would be man will always be in Zurich.
here is little dispute “honouring someone’s last At the end of the day, it will
that James Joyce is Ire- wishes.” It might seem a be a matter for the Joyce fam-
land’s greatest literary straightforward enough sug- ily and the Joyce estate to
genius. However, the man had gestion, but since it was raised decide. This is only fitting.
a fractious relationship with it has proved a bit of a media However, if a solution can be
his home country and went storm, with some people op- found, the intransigence of the
into permanent exile in 1904. posing it outright. Irish government in the 1940s
In the years that followed, he The director of the Joyce hopefully will not be a deter-
lived and worked in Trieste, Foundation in Zurich, Fritz wife are also interred there. Sean MacBride, Minister for rent to any drive to repatri-
Paris and Switzerland. He died Senn is on record as saying, “I Respect for their wishes and External Affairs at the time, ate the author of Ulysses and
in Zurich in 1941 and is buried think there would certainly be the inevitable disturbance any may have had his own reasons Finnegans Wake.
in Fluntern cemetery, some resistance because, after exhumation would cause must for not liking Joyce. The au- A spokesperson for the De-
Last month members of the all, Joyce is one of the major be taken into consideration. thor of Ulysses was no lover partment of Foreign Affairs
South East Area Committee tourist attractions that people After Joyce’s death Nora of nationalism. In any case a said they would not be com-
passed a motion to write to the come to see.” made a request that his body veil seemed to be drawn on the menting on the matter, and
government and ask that the He has a point. Joyce is an be repatriated. Of course, matter. Culture Minister Josepha Ma-
remains of the Irish writer be international figure, not just circumstances were differ- Veteran Joycean scholar Da- digan said it would be inap-
repatriated to Dublin. The mo- an Irish one. All of his great ent then and he was the sole vid Norris is also of two minds propriate to comment further
tion was proposed by Council- works, although set in Dub- occupant of the grave. As it about the proposal. Although and that it was a matter for the
lors Dermot Lacey, Labour, lin, were written when he was transpired, the Irish govern- the senator and founder of the family.
and Paddy McCartan, Fine abroad. Joyce was and still is ment turned down the request. James Joyce Cultural Centre Nothing has been finally
Gael. very much an internationalist. Indeed, such was the shame- in North Great Georges Street decided, but it’s unlikely that
It was a nice gesture com- A more pressing complica- less deference to the Catholic made a previous request for Joyce will be making a return
ing from opposite ends of the tion is that Joyce and his wife Church, and anti-intellectual- Joyce’s body to be brought home any time soon.
political spectrum which obvi- Nora aren’t the only occupants ism of the time that the gov- home and laid to rest in his
ated any political or partisan of the grave in question. Their ernment here didn’t even send native Dublin, he now thinks Above: James Joyce.
motive. Lacey, who proposed son George and his German a representative to his funeral. that opportunity is probably Image courtesy of Google.
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Page 22 CULTURE / LITERATURE December 2019 / January 2020

Peter McNamara

MoLI Blooms: day or yesteryear.

he new Museum of Lit- The next exhibition is
erature Ireland, also “Dear, Dirty Dublin”, a run-
known as MoLI (a ref- down of the historical and
erence to the legendary char-
acter Molly Bloom in Joyce’s
the new Museum of Literature Ireland cultural milieu in Ireland and
the wider world from the mid
Ulysses) opened its doors this 19th to 20th century. A time-
September. MoLI is located on line of interwoven events runs
Stephen’s Green, in buildings along the wall, featuring no-
which housed UCD before its table artists, writers, politi-
move to Belfield in 1970. cians, activists, and rebels of
This new museum is a joint the day, while in the middle
venture of UCD, the National of this large room, a physical
Library and Fáilte Ireland with three-dimensional model of
additional funding from the Dublin is spread, with notable
philanthropic Naughton Foun- locations highlighted here and
dation. MoLI welcomed its there.
first visitors on Culture Night, Here is another welcome as-
on Friday, September 24th. pect to MoLI: there is a nice
Over 1500 people queued up mix of high – and low – tech
to take a look around – a tes- in each of the exhibits. Hav-
tament to the potential of this ing come from a large digi-
new cultural offering. tal screen and sound system,
I sat down with museum through a corridor lit with
director Simon O’Connor, to neon, I find the tactile shapes
chat about the story so far, and and blocks of this 3D map of
his plans for the future. from the street, I was greeted lic University, now UCD. As in Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake, Dublin, set amid the bright
“We really wanted to get warmly by those manning the Whaleyʼs father was a noto- this “riverrun” is evoked by a tapestry-like timeline that
MoLI opened on the right ticket desk. MoLI is staffed rious anti-Catholic, Bianconi large screen on which phrases runs along the walls.
foot,” he tells me, “so we by a combination of part-time stepped in to pose as the buy- and fragments of language It’s the same all over the
ended up doing a few launch workers and volunteers and er. appear and mingle and are museum. Screens and displays
events. We wanted to let peo- they are encouraged to engage Famous alumni and resi- voiced over the sound system. are complemented by objects
ple in, and get a sense of how visitors in conversation. In dents of Newman House in- Amid ambient nature and artefacts, and you’re nev-
they moved through the muse- fact, this might be one of the clude Gerard Manley Hopkins, sounds, the snippets might er far from a piece of paper.
um space, to see what worked, museum’s most unique quali- Mary Lavin, Kate OʼBrien, arise from an old Irish story, a This mixed approach helps
what needed tweaking. It was ties: in every room I entered, Flann OʼBrien and Maeve Heaney poem, or a new prize- keep your interest and atten-
really helpful, and Culture I found there was a low hum Binchy. James Joyce had his winning novel. The intention tion, by not overwhelming
Night was great. There were of chatter, and even laughter graduation photographs taken of the piece is to suggest the you. Taken together, it gives
queues down to Leeson Street. at times. The atmosphere isn’t under the ash tree in what is fluidity and variety of the a lightness to the rooms at
We could have had twice as over-precious, or reverent. now one of Dublinʼs few ac- Irish use of language, be it as MoLI – the visitor is invited
many in.” Visitors are given the freedom cessible historic house gar- Bearla nó as Gaeilge, yester- to engage with the exhibits,
O’Connor’s passion is clear. to react, to discuss, to enjoy dens.
He’s already had great suc- what they encounter.
cess as the founding cura- The first exhibit is dedicat- A river of language… an old
tor of the Little Museum of ed to the history of UCD, and town alive…
Dublin, building the museum its connection to the buildings Coming from the UCD
from scratch in 2011. Under that house the museum. What- room, you encounter a wide
his tenure the Little Museum ever about the exhibits and ar- collage of portraits of Ire-
increased its visitor numbers tefacts on show, the rooms are land’s writers, male and fe-
year on year, and won numer- themselves steeped in history. male, living and dead. Across
ous awards, even being short- In 1854, in these fine Geor- this “Constellation” each
listed for the European Mu- gian buildings, University writer appears as a face and
seum of the Year.  College Dublin – then called a name, and in that way they
A student of English Litera- the Catholic University – was are presented with a certain
ture, he has a background in established. measure of equality, the fa-
graphic design and publish- Named after Cardinal John mous and the more obscurely
ing, and is also a composer Henry Newman, a key figure revered appear side by side.
of music. It’s a combination in the founding of UCD, New- Next is the Kate O’Brien
that makes him uniquely po- man House has been witness to room – a room that will house
sitioned to help design exhib- much history. Once the family changing exhibitions, dedicat-
its, appraise the museum as its home of Thomas (Buck) Wha- ed to a different writer every
professional director, but to ley, the famous gambler and time. This exhibit is curated
also enjoy the space as an art- member of the Irish House of by O’Brien’s grand-niece,
ist himself. Commons, the house was sold herself an actress. Through
to Charles Bianconi, but Bian- objects, audio, images, and
A first look inside coni didnʼt want the house for text, we are told the story of
The Museum of Literature himself. O’Brien’s battle with censor-
Ireland is located at 86 St The Italian-Irish entrepre- ship, shame, and her exile to
Stephen’s Green, on the qui- neur, who had opened up the Spain.
eter part of the square, op- Irish countryside with his net- From here you enter the
posite and across from the work of horse-drawn coaches, Riverrun of Language. Tak-
Shelbourne side. Walking in was buying it for the Catho- ing its name from a quotation December 2019 / January 2020 CULTURE / LITERATURE Page 23

but in each spacious room is Late nights, a family focus, together an extensive range of there is a free opening on the The new Museum of Lit-
also given the opportunity to and the learning programme family-friendly events and ex- first Friday evening of every erature Ireland is located at
lean back, reflect, relax. Director Simon O’Connor hibits. “It’s important to give month, and with more state 86 St Stephen’s Green. Check
Upstairs is an exhibition on is brimming with ideas about children a positive experience support, that price might come out for informa-
Ireland’s history of censor- how to grow MoLI, to make of cultural institutions from as down, or be abolished alto- tion on daytime and evening
ship. It takes a wider view of it somewhere special for the early an age as possible. We gether. events, free openings, and
the repressive Irish approach young and old, and how to en- want kids to feel connected MoLI also features a cafe family activities.
to social change, presenting it sure its longevity as a cultural to this place, and to their city. in the basement floors, which
as perhaps an inevitable out- institution. To feel a sense of ownership look out onto a beautiful gar- Pictured page 22, top: The
come of the effort to form an “One thing we never do of it.” den. This green space is lined Newman Buildings on St Ste-
identity as a poor and fledg- in Ireland,” he tells me, “is O’Connor has also organ- with benches, and planned in phen’s Green, that house the
ling nation. late-night museum offerings. ised a “Learning Programme”, such a way as to be filled with new Museum of Literature Ire-
In the floors above this there In London, on the continent, an arrangement with primary birdsong and blooms year- land.
are several more exhibits, fea- dozens of museums have later schools to bring children in round. This space also opens Page 22, bottom: Museum Di-
turing writers, old and new. At hours – they’re a place you for tours, and to make avail- out onto the Iveagh Gardens. rector Simon O’Connor, pic-
the top of the building you’ll might go to before heading able special rooms for on-site It’s a fine place to absorb the tured at one of the exhibits.
find an extensive display of out for dinner. This late-night teaching and interaction. ideas, dramas, and dreams of- Below: “Dear, Dirty Dublin”
Joyce’s notebooks and papers, aspect is also great for tap- “If you can get the young- fered up within the walls of – this remarkable exhibit
as well as a glass-housed copy ping into a younger audience, est generation on board, you this exciting new Museum of brings Joyce’s Dublin back
of the first ever printed copy which every museum hopes to can help ensure your longev- Literature. to life.
of Ulysses – which Joyce im- do.” ity. I want MoLI to be here in
mediately gifted to his pub- The Museum of Literature 100, 200 years. I want it to be
lisher, Sylvia Beach. There Ireland’s 2020 programme thought of alongside the Na-
is even a chance to get your is soon to be announced. tional Library, the National
hands on pen and paper, and O’Connor is planning a host Gallery, the Chester Beatty
do a bit of writing yourself. of evening events at MoLI, Library. It’s something that
Visitors are invited to take a featuring a mix of music, the- Dublin, and Ireland, needs and
seat, and listen in on the ad- atre, film, and more. He’s in- deserves.”
vice and encouragement of fa- terested in the writers of today Overall, the new Museum
mous writers. Written on the as much as those of the past, of Literature Ireland is a won-
walls are the helpful words tús not as subjects, but as curators derful addition to the cultural
maith, leath na hoibre: a good themselves. scene in Dublin. Unfortunate-
start is half the work! The director is also putting ly, entry costs €8 – that said,
Page 24 DCC NOTES December 2019 / January 2020

South East Area Committee Meeting pollution in the area.”

Monday, October 14th
Repatriating Joyce, razing Glovers’
The meeting was chaired by Cllr Dermot Court, and Sandymount stink
Lacey (LAB). The meeting began with a James Joyce was born in Brighton Square,
rather unusual turn of events. Due to other Rathgar, in 1889, and died in Zurich, Swit-
professional obligations, Cllr Chris An- zerland, in 1941. Cllr Pat McCartan (FG)
drews (SF) was allowed to break agenda proposed that in 2021, on the 100th an-
protocol and chair an emergency motion at niversary of the publication of Joyce’s
the very start of the meeting. ground-breaking Ulysses, the writer should
The motion concerned local staffing. He be repatriated to his native Ireland. Cllr Mc-
highlighted how, due to cutbacks, the area Cartan noted that, while exile was a fact of
has lost two dedicated managers who have Joyce’s life on earth, “it should not follow

DCC Notes
not been replaced. He also noted how sev- him into eternity.” Plans were discussed to
eral administrative staff have also been lost contact the President, Michael D. Higgins
without replacement. “People have been on this matter, and the motion was carried.
ringing from Pearse House, Mercer House,” Cllr Mannix Flynn (IND) tabled a motion
according to Andrews. “It’s a huge incon- Compiled by Peter McNamara to fast track demolition of the deteriorating
venience, frustrating for councillors, resi- Glovers’ Court. He noted how the place was
dents, and the staff trying to cover the gaps.” large and empty, and will need to be upgrad- will be removed, 28 will be replaced, and 80 dilapidated, with widespread rot and water
Andrews recommended a report be pro- ed to attract more users. will be unaffected. The councillors seemed leakage. “Children’s chests are infected,”
duced every six months, detailing staff com- Cllr Pat Dunne, Independents 4 Change, to generally agree that the proposal was “in he told the chamber, “and the elderly find
ing and going. He also wondered if staffing (I4C) called for a return to pre-austerity lev- the name of good park management and it very hard to navigate the place.” Accord-
levels in Dublin Bay South were the same els of park staffing. Cllr Pat McCartan (FG) good agricultural practices,” and that certain ing to Cllr Flynn, added to this, youths from
as in other areas, and recommended that this inquired about gaining public access to Fit- trees were causing problems on the foot- other areas are causing havoc on a nightly
could be something to look into as well. The zwilliam Park, noting that the idea of a resi- paths. The trees that are to be replaced will basis. “It’s like a jail,” he said. “We need
emergency motion was carried. dent’s park “goes back to the days of grandi- be replaced by oak, which is in keeping with to send a clear message to the DDC to pay
ose Dublin” and is no longer acceptable. He good biodiversity practice. more attention to the block.” Ultimately,
Collins’ Wood housing was informed the Fitzwilliam Association Speaking on the matter, Cllr McCartan Cllr Flynn proposed the complete removal
Following on from this was a presentation has a 150-year lease on the park, which was (FG) noted how people are attached to trees, of the buildings, with replacement housing
by the Royal Hospital Donnybrook Hous- granted in the 1970s, but that the DCC “will pointing to the recent uproar at the Bus to be built on the site.
ing, a voluntary housing body, and its pro- still promote and seek to gain access.” Connects proposals. He noted how it can Cllr Claire Byrne (GP) supported the pro-
posed development at Collins’ Wood. be difficult to convince them of the need to posal, noting that, due to the severity of the
Derek Scally (the voluntary chair of Cycling and pedestrianisation cut them down, and said it was important to degradation of the buildings, the only op-
RHDH) presented with Oonagh Ryan and Cllr Tara Deacy (SD) and Cllr Claire By- “bring people with us.” On this point, Cllr tion was to rehome residents and rebuild the
Peter Lynch. They outlined their plans to rne (GP) both tabled motions relating to safe Costello (GP) asked whether there were place entirely. “Right now we’re only paper-
build housing for vulnerable, elderly, or peo- cycling. Deacy called for a comprehensive plans for any notice boards in the area, to let ing over the cracks,” she added. Plans were
ple with mobility issues, at Collins’ Wood. review of the cycling network, and sought people know, “we’re removing them for the made to contact the Minister for Housing,
Several councillors expressed great approv- protected cycling lanes. Byrne noted how right reasons.” Likewise, Cllr Lacey (LAB) and the motion was carried.
al of RHDH’s previous build at Beech Hill. the different nubs/barriers could help segre- highlighted the need to prepare people, so Discussion also turned to the foul odour
Talk turned to how to maximise the potential gate the cycle lanes from traffic in the mean- that they weren’t “suddenly met by fellahs on Sandymount Strand. Cllr Dermot Lacey
of the project by building apartments to four time, but that proper funding was required. with chainsaws.” (LAB) raised a motion to demand a report
storeys. Cllr Pat Dunne inquired about the She also noted – and was supported by Cllr on the issue. “It’s unprecedented,” he said,
housing application process to be used, and Dermot Lacey – the “appalling” breaches of Extinction Rebellion and not thanking “like nothing I’ve known in the area before.”
was told by Mr. Scally applications would the law on Ranelagh road, where, on each Covanta He noted how the Area Manager had reas-
be taken from suitable candidates (elderly/ evening, cars park on the footpath and the Cllr Mannix Flynn (IND) raised a ques- sured him it was natural, but he refused to
vulnerable) through the Dublin City Council cycle lanes. tion about the encampment by climate accept this response. “Interventions that can
housing list. Cllr Byrne tabled a further motion relat- protestors Extinction Rebellion in Merrion be made, should be made.” He noted that
This was followed by a presentation on ing to the bike parking facilities for park and Square Park. This protest group set up some given the leakages from the sewage plant,
Dublin City’s Parks Strategy, by landscape ride DART users. Given the conditions for 30 tents in the park as part of the interna- it was quite likely a new kind of fungus/
architect Kieran O’Neill. Cllr Anne Feeney cyclists in the area at the moment, she noted tional ‘Rebellion Week’ demonstrations. growth had taken hold. “A proper report,”
(FG) had questions about disability access, that “these people are risking their lives to “Who gave a permit for the encampment,” he said, “will help restore public confidence
and whether smaller, inner city, green spac- commute and their needs are coming second asked Cllr Flynn. “What damage was done? and should be funded.” The motion was car-
es were part of the plans, noting a complete to those attending matches and the like” at And at what costs?” The councillor was ried.
lack of green space in Dublin 8. Cllr Hazel the Aviva stadium. She called for a rejection quick to note the wide support for the move-
Chu (GP) and Cllr Patrick Costello (GP) of the official report on the matter and asked ments, saying he was himself “of that per- Top: Herbert Park.
echoed her concerns about such ‘pocket for the situation to be reviewed again. Cllr suasion.” In reply, Cllr Lacey (LAB) said Below: James Joyce.
parks’, pointing to the positive effect they Lacey (LAB) echoed her concerns, and the he would look into the matter, but “would
have on local biodiversity, and their success rejection was agreed. have been disappointed if they’d asked for
in cities like Paris and New York. Cllr Costello (GP) tabled a motion to permission!”
Regarding disability access, O’Neill stat- pedestrianise South William Street, Drury At this recent meeting, Cllr Lacey also en-
ed this was an important aspect of the strate- Street and Dame Court. “With simple couraged people to stop thanking Covanta
gy’s design. He also noted that the Disability changes,” he said, “we can massively in- for the contributions they make to different
Access Assessment for the parks had been crease pedestrianisation, and preserve ac- local projects and funds. “They’re not doing
done over a decade ago, and, most likely, cess to car parks. It could be a quick win, this out of the goodness of their heart,” he
needed to be revised. Regarding the smaller making the south inner-city much nicer for said, reminding the chamber that giving this
green spaces, he pointed to new spaces in locals and tourists.” financial support was a condition of their
the Docklands, and said that by improving planning permission due to the imposition
the quality of the inner city streets, and up- Removal of trees on Herbert Park Avenue of the incinerator. “If you’re acknowledg-
grading their greenness in other ways, you Works are proposed to thin and entirely re- ing the funding they give,” he went on to
could compensate for actual green space. move a number of trees along Herbert Park say, “make sure in the same speech you ac-
He also noted that many suburban parks are Avenue. There are 145 trees in this area. 68 knowledge their wonderful contribution to December 2019 / January 2020 Page 25
Page 26 ENVIRONMENT / PLANNING December 2019 / January 2020

Oily problem at ESB

n Mark Davy that over the past 20 years up to the first time they were made
histle blower Séamus 1 million litres of oil was leaked aware of any leaks was not until
O’Loughlin was at from these heavy-duty electri- May 27th 2019.
the centre of RTÉ’s cal cables into the Dublin’s eco- The EPA stressed this was after
PrimeTime Investigates, which system. RTÉ Investigates had contacted
prompted the Environmental In response to the expose, an both the ESB and EPA. The EPA
Protection Agency to take action ESB spokesperson said that “the continued “Given the alleged
after Mr. O’Loughlin brought to oil was biodegradable and the scale and duration of these in-
light 160kms of underground, leakage rate has been on a down- cidents as reported by RTÉ and
low pressure, fluid-filled cables ward trend in recent years.” How- the correspondence received this
leaking oil at a rate of 40,000 li- ever, internal ESB documents week from ESB Networks, the
tres a year for the past 20 years. obtained by the RTÉ Investigates EPA has launched an immediate
Mr. O’Loughlin, who had team marked highly confidential, investigation into the matter.”
worked with the ESB for over 25 stated that the leaks could have Chris Andrews, a Sinn Féin
years, claimed that most of the a “very high environmental im- Councillor who represents the
affected lines were in the Dub- pact, given the proximity to the area worst affected by the leaks
lin city area and were insulated Grand Canal” and that the oil is between Ringsend and Harold’s never reported to either the EPA full report on this to be given by
power lines which had been laid “not considered compatible with Cross, and a founding member of or the City Council. We do not Chief Executive Owen Keegan
in the 1950’s and had reached the watercourses and the associated the environmental group Friends know the full implications of at the first full meeting of the
end of their life span. eco-systems, rivers and canals.” of the Grand Canal, described these leaks for the environment new City Council.”
Mr O’Loughlin told RTÉ “I Following this series of dis- the Prime Time revelations as and for human health. Urgent This allegation was one of
just couldn’t compute it, to be closures, an ESB spokesperson “deeply disturbing.” action is required, a full assess- several environmental and safe-
honest. I was astounded.” The continued to stress the ESB’s pri- Cllr Andrews went on to say ment of damage done and a pro- ty hazard issues raised by Mr.
programme referenced confiden- ority to work closely with envi- “It is scandalous that such a vol- gramme to prevent further leaks. O’Loughlin on the programme.
tial internal documents which re- ronmental agencies at all stages ume of oil leaks across Dublin The Sinn Féin Group on Dublin
vealed that the ESB were aware of operations, but the EPA stated City was known to the ESB but City Council will be calling for a Photograph: ESB.

Dodder Greenway has a bumpy road ahead

lans were recently submitted for an eagerly- to which Dublin City Council and local authorities did ridor that would greatly benefit commuters, but eve-
awaited development of a dual walk and cycle their best to address and work with concerned parties ryone’s needs must be taken into consideration at this
greenway along the River Dodder. The primary to find solutions. DCC worked closely with residents early stage.
aim of the project is to alleviate continued flood damage throughout the development of the proposal to try to The Dodder Greenway Project was primarily a device
along the banks of the Dodder while increasing local establish a designated route and areas where the green- to reduce flooding and eliminate further damage and the
amenities. The project has been proposed since 2013 way would be of most benefit. This included extending resulting greenway grew from a desire for the project to
and with the increase in commuting pressures and urban paths, bridges and other public amenities. work harder for the entire community. A dual-use route
congestion has recently gathered steam. Whilst many were excited by these changes and the may not be as beneficial to a particular community, but
The proposed route will span three local authorities back and forth dialogue driving the project forward, at least everyone is included in the current proposal and
Dublin city, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and South Dub- the Dublin cycling community still see areas where it is ultimately a vast improvement on what currently
lin and is projected to cost €22 million. The Dodder the project could be improved upon. The community exists.
itself is a conservation zone so the ethos behind the de- is represented largely by and felt their unique It is important to remember that the project is still at
velopment is to preserve, protect and enhance. Whilst perspective as a cycling community was not valued as the consultation stage, so there is still huge scope for
there are numerous benefits to the proposal, the inner highly as others. change. The project is not proposed to go before Dub-
city route has proved somewhat contentious. The cycling community stressed that while the public lin City Planning until early 2020, at which point all
Most of the observations submitted to the project was involved at various levels of development, many considerations will be noted and will help direct the fi-
were of support with a small number raising concerns options and proposed layouts were removed before nal route. While there have been some bumps along the
these consultations, limiting the public value to the pro- way, the Greenway project has the potential to be an
cess. They see the potential that if the route is executed extremely exciting addition to the fabric of Dublin.
efficiently it would greatly increase transfers from car
commute to bicycle commute in the future, easing urban
The Dublin cycling communities’ main concerns re-
volve around poor quality shared space, unnecessary
environmental impacts of the development and possible
safety risks to walkers and cyclists along the route if
it is shared, while completely ignoring National Cycle
Manual and the Dublin City Development Plan.
The route itself is 24 kilometres in length, linking
Dublin City at the mouth of the River Liffey to Boh-
ernabreena in the Dublin Mountains. Along the route,
it is noted by both the DCC and that the five
needs of the cyclist can not always be met but the pro-
posal strives to where possible.
It is perhaps somewhat unrealistic that find
the shared space design unacceptable and are canvass-
ing for a completely segregated cycle path. The cycling
communities’ desire is for a clear high-speed cycle cor- December 2019 / January 2020 Page 27
Page 28 WELLNESS December 2019 / January 2020

Coping with loss

at Christmas
n Dermot Carmody not just the day itself,” she ob- positive way into Christmas now
hristmas can be a won- serves, “It’s the run-up to it. If a and in future. Everybody is differ-
derful time of the year. person is grieving they grieve all ent and we all grieve in our own
It’s a time for family and the time, but there is an intensity way and at our own times.
parties, for celebration and happi- about the Christmas period when Everyone will have different
ness. The winter festival can be a you’re wondering ‘How will I get preferences to consider what is
welcome blaze of light in the dark through it?’ It becomes a dispro- meaningful and eventful for them.
winter months. portionate dread.” Some might like to attend a reli-
For some of us, however, it can The loss of someone close to gious service, or visit friends. Oth-
also be a difficult time if our own you is bound to be felt anew at ers might decide against an elabo- whether they are quiet about their Christmas can be a bittersweet
feelings and experiences are out of Christmas as the traditions of that rate Christmas celebration. loss because they do not want to time for most of us. Even if you
tune with seasonal expectations of time come around, bringing with As well as being aware of pos- talk about it, or because they feel have not suffered a bereavement
general joy and laughter. In partic- them the memories of what that sible emotional pitfalls, Orla that others might not want them to recently, it can bring to mind
ular, it can be a challenging time person’s involvement used to be. points out that Christmas can still talk about it. memories of those who are not
for anyone who is dealing with the If it was they who set the table, be a positive time when people Orla suggests that it is appropri- there anymore, or cause you to
loss of a loved one. So what can hung up decorations or put up the come together and there is an op- ate to reach out. “Don’t be afraid reflect sadly on other disappoint-
we do to help us cope with grief Christmas tree, those events will portunity to re-incorporate happy to name it. For example you might ments. Relationships that have
amidst what can sometimes feel make their loss felt acutely. And memories into the present celebra- ask ‘How are you finding Christ- ended, or disappointments in work
like the enforced jollity and to- this is not only the case if it is the tion. “You could recall past happy mas without Sharon?’” She also or in family life all come into fo-
getherness of Christmas? first Christmas without them, as Christmas memories. Christmas suggests that friends or relatives cus as the year ends and another
Orla Keegan, who is Head of Orla explains. “We tend to focus can be a positive time when peo- should not be discouraged if their begins.
Education and Bereavement at on the first Christmas after a loss, ple come together and it can help initial offer of support is turned But by realising that it may
The Irish Hospice Foundation, ex- but it’s every Christmas. There’s to remember and to incorporate down. be a challenging time, planning
plains that Christmas is a time that huge pressure to be seen to have those happy memories into the Even if the recipient didn’t feel ahead with how you will deal with
can stir up emotions in all of us. fun and sometimes you don’t re- present celebration of Christmas.” able to respond to that offer they things, and by being open to sup-
Most of us have strong childhood ally want to.” Orla stresses the importance may appreciate receiving another. port from others, in your family or
memories of Christmas, either The Irish Hospice Foundation of being kind and gentle with “You might offer to meet up with in the wider community, you can
good or bad and if we have lost advises anyone experiencing be- yourself. “It’s important to allow someone for lunch, and they say make it easier to cope.
someone then Christmas with its reavement at Christmas to plan yourself to feel however you feel ‘no’ so you stop asking,” Orla For more information you
family memories can be difficult. so you don’t get ambushed by – whether that’s happy or sad.” says, giving an example, “Just can visit the Irish Hospice
She points out that if you’re Christmas emotions. Think about It’s okay to feel how you feel and keep asking. For example you Foundations web site at www.
coping with grief it can feel as what traditions you want to forego it’s also okay to be involved as might suggest going for a walk
if you are on the outside of what or ones you want to maintain as a much or as little in social events instead. It’s about day-to-day ges-
is always an idealised version way of incorporating the memo- as you feel you want to be. “You tures and taking care not to leave Candle.image by Myriam Zilles
of Christmas in the media. “It’s ries of the person you’ve lost in a could allow yourself little slices people isolated.” from Pixabay.
of things,” Orla suggests. “If you
don’t feel you want to participate
fully or for a long time, it’s okay to
say ‘I will come along, but I won’t
stay all day this year.’”
As well as being gentle with
yourself, it’s also important to be
sensitive to those around you who
are also coping with a bereave-
ment. “The big message to fami-
lies is to be tolerant,” says Orla
“Be kind to others as well as to
yourself.” The Gal Ladies Club would like to thank all who attended
In this context she also sounds our Hospice Coffee Morning in Cambridge Court this year.
a gentle warning relating to the To the ladies who baked all the beautiful cakes and all those
strong connection, particularly in who bought cakes and raffle tickets and to all who gave pri-
Ireland, between celebration and vate donations, we thank you.
alcohol consumption. She sug-
We would also like to thank Ringsend College, the Boys
gests it’s a good idea to be aware
School and the Girls School, the Community Centre and
of the danger adding to a poten-
all of our sponsors. A special thanks to Philip for bringing
tially stressful situation: “Tempers
everything down on the morning. Thank you all for mak-
and tensions can flare and exces-
ing our Coffee Morning so successful. We have given a to-
sive alcohol won’t help that.”
tal of €3,174 on your behalf this year to Our Lady’s Hos-
If you know that someone is cop-
pice, Harolds Cross and Our Lady’s Hospice and Day Care,
ing with bereavement and might
be struggling over the Christmas
period, how can you best help We wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful
them? It might be difficult to New Year.
judge whether it is appropriate to The Gal Ladies Club.
say anything to them or to know December 2019 / January 2020 WELLNESS Page 29

Dublin Mind Body the Tai Chi and Wellness acad-

emy run by Rosaleen Fadden.
There was a section at the
be explored definitely broadens
the mind. I certainly left feeling
calmer and more enlightened.

Experience at the RDS

event where booths lined the For more information on
walls. Rows of seats filled with the Dublin Mind Body Expe-
people waiting pensively faced rience, visit their website htt-
these particular stands. This was ps://www.dublinmindbodyex-
and have even been employed the psychic, medium, and clair-
for their benefits by mainstream voyant area of the event and I
skin care brands too. think it’s fair to say that many Clockwise from top left:
Another exhibitor of herbal people will consult a clairvoyant The event in the RDS Hall;
goods for external use was Re- at some point during their life. psychic stands with cards
Herbal. Again, this maker of nat- Their reasons could be driven and books; various crystals.
ural skincare specialised in just by sheer curiosity, the desire to Photos: Geneva Pattison.
a few items for face and body. communicate with a deceased
Their lavender hand cream was loved one or to get guidance for
formulated with vitamin E and their future. It’s a very personal
olive oil to soothe and nourish decision to make.
tired hands. People searching for confir-
For the body, ReHerbal of- mation that they’re on the right
fered a calendula cream. Ca- path in life or for some kind of
lendula is a flower renowned confirmation of an after-life may
for its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial derive a sense of peace from a
and anti-inflammatory proper- spiritual reading. Whatever you

n Geneva Pattison being drawn towards the glitter- ties when converted into an oil, may believe or not believe, this
his November saw the re- ing splendour of these natural making it ideal for healing many area of the event seemed very
turn of the Dublin Mind objects. skin issues. popular.
Body Experience to the Some of these gemstones Gentle physical activity plays Overall, the Mind Body Ex-
RDS. This holistic fair has been have taken up to a billion years a large part in holistic living, perience fair is definitely worth
travelling the length and breadth to form in the most hostile of and it was a theme prevalent visiting. Whether you’re scep-
of Ireland for a number of years environments. When you see throughout the hall. There were tical, in search of meaning or
now, and the recent Dublin the enchanting result of ancient group yoga classes being held at interested in alternative beliefs
event did not disappoint. atoms creating uniformity and the back of the hall throughout and ways of life, the wide ar-
As you may have guessed, the order from chaos, it makes it the day, with various different ray of wellness enterprises to
fair provides an outlet for spirit- easy to see why so many people types of yoga being practised,
ual healers, herbalists and prac- swear by healing crystals. May- including laughter yoga on one
titioners of alternative medicine be they can foster closer human of the days, as led by practition-
to showcase their skills and connection to the vibrations of er Simone Mesching.
wares to the public. The RDS the earth. This form of yoga is the
hall played host to a total of 183 Finding metaphysical balance practice of inducing voluntary
exhibitors promoting a more ho- is just one element of holistic laughter for its physical and psy-
listic take on wellness and how practise. Another facet of utilis- chological benefits and seemed
we live our lives. ing alternative health methods like a particularly interesting
Upon entering the hall, the involves herbology and plant one to explore further. Reading
three tables full of colourful medicine, both of which were up on the benefits of laughter
crystals, geodes and fossils well represented at the event. yoga, I was surprised to learn
from the vendor Stone Age Ire- Topical organic herbal creams that around 15 minutes of deep
land, stood out immediately to to aid different skin ailments belly laughter is the equivalent
me. Crystal healing is a form were available to test and pur- to 10 minutes running.
of holistic therapy that utilises chase from various stalls. Wild There have been scientific
semi-precious stones to draw Herb Elixirs from Wexford had studies conducted on the bene-
out negative energy from your a few specialised products on fits of laughter yoga among old-
body or your psyche. offer. The first being a calendula er people and people with physi-
Some people invest in gem- and rose infused balms for all cal or cognitive difficulties.
stones to ward off negativ- round skin restoration. Another It’s not the case for everyone
ity from the outside world or salve offered relief to athletes’ but, in general, as we age our
to protect from “psychic vam- sore muscles through the use of muscle mass lessens and our
pires”. Whether you believe in black pepper, comfrey and mint. physical energy falters to a de-
the power of crystal energy or These are plants that have gree. Similarly, people with lim-
not, it’s difficult to refrain from been used for thousands of years ited mobility or those who have
to be supervised by a carer can
often be somewhat left behind
when it comes to maintaining
regular fitness.
The studies show that laughter
yoga is a safe, low impact form
of exercise and uncomplicated
breathwork that can be utilised
by anyone. If the thought of
yoga didn’t appeal to some peo-
ple, Tai Chi was another option
to explore at the event through
Page 30 GARDENING December 2019 / January 2020

Gardening for physical

and mental health
n Geneva Pattison alleviates symptoms of depres- the total population of Ireland
s the days grow cold sion in individuals with disabili- have a disability. That’s a total
and dark, it’s more im- ties. of 643,131 people in Ireland, a
portant than ever to al- It also states that therapeu- vast increase of 47,796 people
lot specific time to taking care tic horticultural activities have in comparison with the 595,335
of your mental health. Just as been proven to significantly re- recorded disabilities in 2011.
the medical practitioners of duce the severity of symptoms The reality is, 13.5% is a
the past prescribed “sea air” in adults diagnosed with major substantial section of the popu-
to assist recovery from certain depression. lation and considering many
diseases and ailments, many Getting out into nature and people with chronic illnesses
doctors nowadays are giving surrounding yourself with or painful disabilities are some-
patients “green prescriptions” greenery is a wonderful thing. times partly treated with benzo-
to aid in their recuperation. It’s effective in clearing your diazepines or opiate painkillers,
A green prescription is writ- head and taking your mind off horticultural therapy seems like
ten advice from a GP to en- lingering problems. the least invasive path towards
gage in more outdoor activities However, there is one distinc- recovery.
in nature, that are suited to the tion that was clearly noted in the In Ireland, efforts have been
patient’s own unique physi- study. It’s the physical action of made to provide more inclusive
cal ability. They may refer you gardening itself that induces community gardening projects
to physiotherapy or put you in more tangibly positive results. with hands-on assistance for
touch with local outdoor groups The study goes on to dis- those with poor mobility. Out-
and will check on your progress cuss the efficaciousness of pre- door gyms in parks or green
throughout your recovery. scribed antidepressants and the spaces have been installed in
A public figure championing various forms of talking thera- recent years and it’s all progres- sparse give them a little bit of walk. We’re not trying to move
this form of healing is Gardener pies. It is agreed that prescribed sive movement towards ena- water. If you have any Autumn mountains, we’re just trying
and TV Personality Monty Don. medication is absolutely essen- bling outdoor therapy. flowering plants, now is a good to keep ourselves happy and
This year he released this pow- tial to many patients’ journey to time to deadhead them. healthy this Christmas season.
erful quote on the subject, “gar- recovery, but only around one Activities for the winter Small tasks like tidying up
dening can do what medicine third of those treated with medi- garden your garden can clear your Disability statistics available
only tries to mimic for mental cal therapies reach an optimal Being outside for long pe- mind, even a few minutes from the CSO site: https://stat-
health.” stage of remission. riods of time in the colder pruning can be a meditative
Monty, having been diag- When this understanding of months is not the most invit- act. Winter presents a great ire/SelectVarVal/saveselec-
nosed with depression many treating depression is applied to ing of ideas. Our gardens are time for future planning and tions.asp
years ago, has had first-hand ex- a person who also has a lifelong unfortunately also in a state reflection on your garden, “The Relationship between
perience of feeling the positive chronic illness or disability, it’s of dormancy but, this doesn’t think about what you want to Gardening and Depression
effects that gardening has had found that they’re at a profound- mean we can’t still get a few achieve or grow next year. Or- among Individuals with Dis-
on his mental health. ly higher risk of poor recovery. things done in them. If the soil ganising your seeds and plan- abilities” by Justin F. Wilson
It’s been proven that symptoms is dry, early December is still ning where best would suit and Keith M Christensen is
Therapeutic horticulture related to a disability or illness time enough for you to divide them is another way to engage available through the academ-
The Journal of Therapeutic can be drastically reduced once your perennials to increase with your garden as the chill ic journal database Jstor.
Horticulture explores this topic a person’s mood improves. your plant yield for next year. sets in.
further, in an academic article The Central Statistics Office Whether you’re planting Of course, if you don’t have a Photos of potting shed and
which was published in 2011. released figures from 2016 in them in the ground or in a garden, fear not. Just try to get frosty berries courtesy wiki
The article deals specifically relation to health, disability and pot, make sure your perenni- out to your closest park for a commons. Pine branch close-
with the case of how gardening carers, stating that 13.5% of als don’t dry out, if the rain is 20-minute or even a 10-minute up courtesy Pixabay. December 2019 / January 2020 GARDENING Page 31

Gardening: The gift that keeps giving

n Susan O’Brien viduals and groups. Member- able on offer now at www. rather than simply prescribe. and the choice of vessel, plant
or some seasonal culi- ship is available from www. As you will see, each element and embellishment is entirely
nary bling on your plot, For added flavour and use in the creation is individual up to you!
Swiss Chard ‘Bright Some of my most coveted of colour, Edible Flowers by
Lights’ is one of the most ‘tools of the trade’ are avail- Kathy Brown, is much more
beautiful veggie specimens able from the beautiful garden than a simple catalogue of
around. It looks just as good centre and gift store at Enable familiar plants. Instead, the
in a border or pot with a ka- Ireland on Sandymount Av- reader is guided around a ‘gar-
leidoscope of colour radiating enue. 100% of the profits from den menu’ and invited into the
through the stems, and large, the store support the disability kitchen.
textured leaves. services. There is a stunning selection
It is a cool season plant, very A quality pair of secateurs is of container-grown planting
easy to grow and a prolific a worthy, once-off purchase. schemes and each one is ac-
continuous cropper. From just My go-to brand is the robust, companied by a simple, step-
a single sowing, it will pro- red-handled Felco. Size 2 is a by-step illustrated guide. All
vide spinach like, tasty leaves good universal fit. In order to the flowers are paired with
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2019: The Decade in Film name of cinema as an art form, present in the technology. Hollywood. However, the film’s
as opposed to that of cinema as Beyond Marty versus Marvel predictable surge toward history
pure commerce. and the de-ageing technology on revising, cartoon-violence at the
Interestingly, in terms of the show in the film, another much close left this writer cold and di-
cinematic year, his film sits discussed and highly pertinent minished some of the power of
alongside Quentin Tarantino’s aspect of the film prior to its the rest of the film, it’s supreme
Once Upon a Time in Holly- release was the fact that Netflix production values and fabulous
wood as two big-budget, starry were bankrolling this eagerly- cast.
auteur films that seem like career anticipated Scorsese picture. For all that, it is still very
‘summations’ of the respective Would the film still get a cin- heartening that a film as singular
directors’ careers. ema release? Could as big a in its vision as this, proved to be
These highly personal films cinephile as Scorsese entertain as popular at the box office as it
stand in stark contrast to the the possibility that it might not? did. The film also retains undeni-
vast, vast majority of main- What does it mean for the future ably impressive elements.
stream fare. While one can take of cinema if a film as high-pro- In terms of technological
it as heartening that two of these file as this bypassed theatres? In debates, the film was, like all
films came out this year, it’s also the end, one would have to say of Tarantino’s films shot and
notable that these melancholy Netflix did a good job of trying screened, in venues that could
films are by film-makers at the to maintain the film’s release as accommodate it, in 35mm film.
wrong end of their careers. a big cinema event. Again, this is another debate that
When this set of veteran film- While most big cinema chains is so vitally important in how we
makers, who came to promi- in America will refuse to carry view the medium. If we view it
nence in more creatively fecund any film with that short a win- as simple commerce, digital pro-
times, are finished, is that the last dow prior to its availability to jection and shooting on digital is
hurrah for the Hollywood auteur stream, Netflix have attempted cheaper, yes.
film? The end for the types of imaginative solutions to this However, the idea that we
films whose prevalence in the problem. They’ve booked it in could do away with shooting and
New Hollywood of the 1970s to be the first film to have a run screening on film in its entirety
made it such a rich period in on Broadway. In Europe they is a sad and philistinic thought.
film-making history? The type of allowed a live-cast of the film’s Indeed, one of the cinematic

n David Prendeville to be defined to some degree film-making that, in the decades European premiere at the Lon- highlights for this writer was the
s 2019 draws to a close, by the war of words between since then, continually, become don Film Festival be screened at Robert Bresson retrospective at
it’s interesting to look Martin Scorsese and Marvel. In less and less visible? (Despite various select cinemas. the Irish Film Institute during
back and consider how the lead-up to the recent release a Tarantino-infused semi-resur- Audiences certainly weren’t the summer, in which many of
tumultuous a year and decade (still showing in some cinemas gence in the 1990s). put off by the fact that they can the films were screened directly
it has been for cinema and how and available on Netflix from Whether or not that is the catch the three and half-hour from movie film.
film making practises and modes November 27th) of his superb, case, Scorsese’s film stands as film only a few weeks later on Watching a grainy print of the
of consumption have evolved haunting, epic mob drama The one of the very best of the year. Netflix, as most Dublin screen- French master’s work as it was
(or regressed?) and continue to Irishman, Scorsese made dis- It features Robert De Niro, Al ings of the film were sold out or originally designed to be shown
do so. paraging remarks about Marvel Pacino, Joe Pesci and tells the packed on its opening weekend. is just simply a different experi-
We will get to the 2010s later, films not being cinema. extraordinary story of a mob The battle between streaming ence to watching one of the cold,
but first let us consider the year That this quote caused as hitman, Frank Sheeran, span- and theatrical releasing of cine- remastered, digital prints of
that has just passed. 2019 has much uproar as it did is a sad ning decades. The film is sincere ma is an integral one to the future some of his films that were also
been quite strong for film over- indictment of the times. A lot and moving in its grappling with of cinema. It’s essential that see- screened during the season.
all, despite the continued domi- of people seem to feel the need life’s inevitabilities. ing a film in the cinema is main- Digital and film projection,
nance of superhero films. to protect a major conglomerate One of the biggest aspects of tained as an option and seen as like streaming and cinema
Perhaps the year will come like Marvel from the (correct) the film that came under scrutiny viable. However, despite much screenings, should co-exist si-
assertion of not only prior to release was the decision hand-wringing about Netflix, multaneously. Although modern
one of the greatest to use de-ageing CGI technolo- it seems, certainly in this case, technology has its uses, it does
American film-mak- gy to make De Niro et al look as they were the ones making the not mean older, more refined,
ers of all time, but a younger versions of themselves effort. Cinema chains also have more nuanced methods of crea-
true ambassador of for some segments of the film. to compromise at this crucial tion or consumption should
the medium. As much as I admire the film, it’s juncture about how we consume be discarded. Cinema history
Scorsese didn’t hard to conclude the technology the seventh art, and adapt with should be preserved at all costs.
back down and wrote is seamless or that the decision the times. They need to be re- The very best film of the year
a superb article for to use it is an unqualified suc- alistic that Netflix isn’t going to was a film that very much con-
the New York Times cess. hold off showing work they’ve sidered the medium of film and
in which he outlined Such is the strength of the film funded for six months, but real- what it can accomplish, Joanna
his thoughts further. in other areas, however, it is a ise that doesn’t mean said films Hogg’s astounding, mysterious,
When one consid- very easy (and perhaps an una- can’t still be successful on their heart-breaking film The Sou-
ers the infantiliza- voidable) flaw to forgive. In a cinema run, as evidenced by the venir. An enigmatic romance
tion and commodi- strange way the uncanniness of crowds attending The Irishman. about a young film student and
fication inherent in the de-aged actors does work as a Back to the year at hand, Tar- an older, mysterious man, it’s
modern mainstream disquieting reflection of memory antino’s film was less convinc- a formally lush and complex,
Hollywood cinema, and ageing – key themes in the ing as a whole for this writer. For intellectually rich film that fea-
it really does feel as film – but it’s not a completely two-thirds of the film’s running tured superb performances from
if Martin Scorsese is convincing argument for this to time it worked as a melancholy, Honor Swinton-Byrne and Tom
fighting a war in the excuse the clear limitations still gloriously realised ode to an old Burke. Hogg is currently work- December 2019 / January 2020 FILM Page 33

ing on a sequel which should ar- with the superb Inherent Vice Kill List in 2011, however as the
rive with us sometime next year. following in 2014 and Phantom decade progressed his standard
Staying with British cinema, Thread in 2017. seemed to drop and the quality
we were also treated to another The releases of Berberian of his films diminished.
wonder from the great Peter Sound Studio in 2012, The Duke In terms of local and Irish cin-
Strickland, In Fabric. Elsewhere of Burgundy in 2014 and In Fab- ema, the last decade was the one
in European Cinema, French ti- ric just last year, affirmed Peter that confirmed the emergence
tan Claire Denis returned with Strickland’s status as one of the of Mespil Road based company
the typically idiosyncratic and foremost European directing Element Pictures as major play-
impressive High Life. talents. These followed on from ers internationally as well as
Danish writer/director Isa- the release of his debut Katalin nationally. They continued their
bella Eklof announced herself Varga at the tail end of the previ- successful collaborations with
as a considerable talent to watch ous decade. Lenny Abrahamson early in the
with the searing, shocking Holi- Another film-maker to an- decade with What Richard Did
day. She also wrote the much- nounce himself in style was in 2012. Lenny and Element fol-
admired fantasy/horror Border, Brady Corbet with his astound- lowed this with Frank in 2014
a film that left this writer cold, ing debut The Childhood of a and then came the extraordinary
despite its considerable imagina- Leader in 2016, followed by the success for both of them with
tion. excellent Vox Lux, released here Room in 2015. That film was
Elsewhere in World Cinema, last year. nominated for four Oscars in-
2019 saw the return of Chang- Established European gi- cluding producers Andrew Lowe
dong Lee with the excellent ants Michael Haneke and Lars and Ed Guiney being nominated
mystery Burning and the inimi- von Trier, continued to pro- for Best Picture, Abrahamson
table Carlos Reygadas with the duce strong work throughout being nominated for best direc-
fascinating, self-reflexive Our the decade. The former won his tor and the film’s star Brie Lar-
Time. third Palme D’Or in 2012 for son winning the statue for Best
With it being the close of the harrowing and heartbreak- Actress.
2019, it is not just the question of ing Amour. The latter started the Element also enjoyed a very
revising the year in the cinema decade with the extraordinary, fruitful decade with Greek ab-
that comes to mind, but also the apocalyptic, beautiful study of surdist Yorgos Lanthimos, cul- ema. An Irish director? An Irish Clockwise from top left:
decade and hence a lot of these depression, Melancholia and minating in further Oscar suc- producer? A film being set in Robert De Niro, Brie Larson,
questions about technology, ended it with the hugely contro- cess for their period comedy Ireland? This complex debate is Michael Fassbender and Paul
modes of consumption and what versial, unfairly maligned, bril- The Favourite last year. Element certain to carry on into the next Thomas Anderson.
the future holds. For all that, it’s liant self-reflexive serial killer also oversaw the emergence of decade of Irish film analysis. Photos: WikiCommons.
been a bad decade in many ways film The House That Jack Built. younger directors such as John
and has seen the complete satu- Peerless American film-maker Michael McDonagh and Gerard
ration of mainstream cinema by Kelly Reichardt delivered what Barrett. They launched the pop-
Marvel et al. I consider might be her best ular television drama Red Rock,
When one casts one’s mind work to date with Night Moves which lasted for four years and
back over the last ten years as a in 2014. This followed the ex- acted as something of a train-
whole, there were plenty of un- cellent Meek’s Cutoff, which ing ground for local people who
forgettable films that are certain arrived at the beginning of the worked in film.
to stand the test of time. Chief decade. The last decade also saw the
among them, is Paul Thomas An-
derson’s magisterial The Master
Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive
was a defining film of the early
emergence of another local com-
pany, Wildcard Distribution,
“Raytown” Men’s Shed Race Night
(2012), which featured possibly part of the decade and he fol- who had hits such as Michael n Peter McNamara
two of the greatest performances lowed it up with two more for- Inside, The Young Offenders The newly christened “Raytown Men’s Shed” held a packed-out
of all time – from Joaquin Phoe- mally sumptuous films – the and Cardboard Gangsters in the race night fundraiser at the Poolbeg Marina, on November 29th.
nix and Philip Seymour Hoff- hugely underrated Only God second half of the decade. A special projector was set up, which showed random past races
run by anonymous horses. There was music, lights, free food, spot
man – in the same film. It was Forgives and The Neon Demon. Tailored Films, based on prizes, and plenty of good-natured betting – there was even a bit of
a stellar decade for Anderson, Jonathan Glazier’s return to Pearse Street, also found success karaoke. The night was a great success, raising much-needed funds
film-making after a with Stitches and The Lodgers. for the Ringsend Men’s Shed.
decade-long absence, In terms of other Irish film- Since getting a temporary site at the RICC, the Shed project
Under the Skin, fea- makers, Ivan Kavanagh contin- is gaining real momentum, but there are still costs to cover, and
turing Scarlett Jo- ued to build on his strong work hurdles to cross. Thankfully, many businesses/organisations in the
hansson as an alien from the previous decade with area have donated some little bit to lend a hand.
humanoid, is one of the fine, meta-horror The Canal Sponsorship was given by: Poolbeg Yacht Club, Murtagh’s
the most unforgetta- and the recent western Never Hardware, Allana Homes, Educate Together, Lloyds Pharmacy,
ble films of the dec- Grow Old. ACSK Solicitors, Eurosales, McCartan Opticians, JP Motorcycles,
Grehan Printers, Susan Gregg Farrell, Brian Murphy, Cambridge
ade. Brendan Muldowney also con-
FC, St. Patrick’s Rowing Club, Stella Maris Rowing Club, St. Pat-
Lynne Ramsey tinued to show his considerable rick’s CYFCA, Dynorod, The Vintage Inn, Intl FCStone, Liffey
bookended the dec- skill and penchant for the brutal Wanderers, Andy Kenny Fitness, The Merry Cobbler, NewsFour,
ade with two direc- and the macabre with films as Catherine and John Kelly, FeelFit Gyms, Cube Homes, Quality
torial masterclasses eclectic as Love Eternal and Pil- Builders Providers, RICC and Lorraine Barry, St. Andrew’s Re-
– We Need to Talk grimage. source Centre, L. Connaughton, Lin’s Palace, Tony Murphy, Cllr.
about Kevin and You This decade in terms of Irish Chris Andrews, Domino’s Pizza, Padraig Pearse Pub, The Wind-
jammer, Nangle Security, Cllr. Danny Byrne, The King’s Head
Were Never Really cinema will probably come to be
Barbers, Markievicz Celtic Over 35s, Ashmore Ryder, D4Deli,
Here. defined by co-productions and Star Supplies, The Shipwright, Bridge Jewellers, Andrea Kelly,
Ben Wheatley burst how the sense of Irish cinema and finally, Give it a Lash.
on to the scene, really and national cinema is continu- Above: And they’re off! – the Poolbeg Marina was jumping for the
announcing himself ally changing. Debates abound Race Night.
with his second film as to what constitutes Irish cin-
Page 34 HISTORY December 2019 / January 2020

The day that changed Ireland forever

n Eoin Meegan It should be said that the scene in Neil
ith 2020 only weeks away, Jordan’s film Michael Collins where an
Ireland will shortly enter armoured car is driven onto the pitch
the centenary of a particu- and fires into the crowd never actually
lar day and event that could be said to happened. The armoured car remained
have changed the course of the War of outside the stadium on St James Av-
Independence, tipping the balance in enue.
Ireland’s favour: I speak, of course, Finally, as night fell over an eerie,
of November 21st 1920, the day which locked-down city three prisoners were
came to be known as Bloody Sunday. shot dead in Dublin Castle; Dick McK-
Three separate events mark that fate- ee and Peadar Clancy, both members of
ful day. The first was the virtual anni- Collins’s Squad, and Conor Clune a ci-
hilation of the ‘Cairo Gang’, a select vilian who had been arrested with them.
group of British intelligence agents The authorities in the Castle put out
who were sent to Dublin to infiltrate the story that because the cells were
the IRA, gather intelligence, and assas- all full, the men were left in a room
sinate leading members of the newly that contained ammunition which they
formed Dáil, which the British govern- seized and attempted to escape, and in
ment had declared to be “a dangerous the ensuing battle all three were killed.
association.” This story was carried by a large con-
Michael Collins, however, had set tingent of the English press, but turned
up his own counter-intelligence unit, out to be one of the first examples of
and created a strike unit known as the ‘fake news’ anywhere. Not only did a
Squad, which also went by the name shoot-out not take place, but when the
of the ‘twelve apostles’. Collins had three bodies were returned to their fam-
amassed a network of contacts and ilies there was evidence they had been
spies throughout the city which in- tortured and summarily executed, in re-
cluded chambermaids and porters, po- taliation, no doubt, for the morning as-
licemen and couriers, even penetrating sassinations.
Dublin Castle itself. His ambition was The events of Bloody Sunday, along
to destroy the entire British intelligence with the sacking of Balbriggan exactly
network in Dublin and bring the British one month earlier, and the burning of
government to the negotiating table. Cork in December, all coming on the
At 9.00am that Sunday morning the Gang. Only one Squad member, Frank Soon after the match had begun, and heels of the Amritsar atrocity in the
Squad entered 28 Pembroke Street kill- Teeling, was captured that morning and following what seemed like a signal Punjab, just a year previously, saw Brit-
ing three members of the Cairo Gang. later he escaped from prison. However, from a British army plane flying over- ain’s credibility and international stand-
A second target, Lieutenant Donald the morning turned out to be a crushing head, RIC officers accompanied by ing at an all-time low, and support for
Lewis MacLean was shot dead at no blow to British intelligence in Dublin, Auxiliaries burst into the grounds and Ireland’s cause gaining momentum in
117 Morehampton Road, Donnybrook. and while they did recover, it marked began firing indiscriminately into the the US.
Others were to follow at addresses in a decisive turning point in Anglo-Irish crowd. In the moments that followed, November 21th 1920 may be seen as
Baggot Street, Mount Street, Earlsfort relations. panic and terror filled the park. People a turning point in British rule in Ireland.
Terrace, the Eastwood Hotel, Leeson Later that day a challenge match was were screaming and trying to run to find Undoubtedly, it was an important factor
Street, and the Gresham Hotel. scheduled between Dublin and Tipper- cover. in Prime Minister Lloyd George call-
In all, Collins’s Squad left fourteen ary footballers at Croke Park at 2.45. In total, fourteen civilians, includ- ing a truce the following year, which
dead and five more wounded. While the There was a heavy contingent of police ing Tipp player Michael Hogan, whom Michael Collins wanted. The truce was
operation was hailed a success, some and Black and Tans outside the ground the Hogan Stand is named after, were signed on July 9th 1921, coming into
of their targets escaped, including in- in the lead-up to the match, and many killed. Included in the carnage were two effect two days later. It brought hostili-
telligence specialist Charles Peel, who people were expecting trouble, because children aged ten and eleven, a four- ties to an end on both sides and led the
managed to barricade his bedroom door of what happened that morning. teen-year-old boy and a young woman, way to the eventual setting up of the
at 22, Lower Mount Street until a group In fact the IRA gave the order that the Jeannie Boyle, who was due to be mar- Irish Free State.
of auxiliaries arrived from nearby Had- match should be cancelled, but the call ried in a few days’ time. Over eighty
dington Road. came too late and the ground was al- people were injured, some seriously. Main photo: Michael Collins as Minis-
At least one person was killed in error, most full. Not wanting to cause a panic The reason given for the invasion ter for Finance in 1919.
which Collins later acknowledged; Pat- and a rush for the exit gates, and per- was to search the crowd for weapons, Below, victims of Bloody Sunday, from
rick McCormack, one of the residents at haps asserting the GAA’s independence, but it’s hard to see it as anything other left: Conor Clune, Dick McKee, Peadar
the Gresham was a member of the Vet- the general secretary of the GAA Luke than a reprisal for the embarrassment Clancy; a ticket for the match.
erinary Corp and not part of the Cairo O’Toole decided it should go ahead. the British forces suffered that morning. Images courtesy of Wikicommons. December 2019 / January 2020 HISTORY Page 35

n Dermot Carmody relation to Bridget’s death and
n the early morning of Thurs-
day August 23rd, 1900, the
body of a woman was found
The Dodder mystery of 1900 promptly disappeared. However,
he is thought by scholars to be an
inspiration for Leopold Bloom’s
floating face down in the Dod- Northumberland Road. of Tritonville Road, declared died by drowning, adding she alias, Henry Flower, in the Lotus
der between London Bridge The two gentlemen met with that the evidence was consist- was last seen in the company of Eaters episode of Ulysses, so in
and Herbert Bridge (also known the two ladies at the corner of ent with death by drowning and Constable Flower, but that there that sense he is still with us to
as the New Bridge), near the Haddington Road. Dockery with no further suspicions being was no positive evidence of how this day.
Lansdowne Road rugby ground. knew Margaret Clowry quite aroused, the inquest produced a she came to be in the water. A final twist to the story oc-
The woman was discovered well. It appears they had been verdict of “Found drowned”. On Wednesday September curred forty years later when, on
around 6 am by Frederic Cum- romantically involved at some Meanwhile, Margaret Clowry, 12th Flower was brought be- her deathbed in a house in Gar-
mins and Patrick O’Keefe on stage, although by now they noticing her companion’s ab- fore a police court in connection diner Street, Margaret Clowry,
their way to work. O’Keefe, who were not that close. He knew sence since the previous night, with what was widely covered Bridget’s friend who had impli-
lived in Bridge Street, Ringsend, Bridget Gannon by association, called to the house where Bridg- in the newspapers as “The Dod- cated Flower, called a solicitor
went straight to the Dublin Met- but not as well as Margaret. et worked. Not finding her there, der Mystery”. Evidence for all to her bedside. She confessed
ropolitan Police barracks in The four continued their walk she made her way to Ballsbridge witnesses was taken and Flower to struggling with Bridget that
Irishtown to raise the alarm and together, travelling along North- where she found Constable Toal. was remanded in custody, ul- evening over a sum of money,
two officers, Constable Toal and umberland Road and then back He told her that Flower was en- timately for two weeks, as the and to pushing Bridget into the
Constable Henry Flower, headed to Baggot Street via Pembroke gaged at an inquest of a woman case was heard. river where she drowned. She
to the scene. Road. At the corner of Lower who had been found drowned In the meantime on Septem- said she then took the money
John Humphreys, a labourer Baggot Street and Fitzwilliam and Margaret said she thought ber 14th, Sgt. Hanily was found from her friend’s dead body.
from Keegan’s Lane in Balls- Street they split up. Flower es- that it might be Bridget. dead by his own hand with his I’m indebted to Brendan Ellis
bridge who had heard that a corted Bridget home and they She then went to Bridget’s throat cut in the Irishtown Bar- for pointing me in the direction
woman’s body had been found made an appointment to meet at sister Annie Wogan and her racks. He had been to see the Su- of this story and to Ben Gibey
in the river, drove to the scene the same corner where the group husband James, who had not perintendent in Rathmines and for allowing me to use his de-
with his horse and cart. With had split in two at 8pm the next seen Bridget at their home in appeared distracted and thought tailed research into events.
Constable Toal, Humphreys Wednesday, August 22nd. Gloucester Street since the previ- that people were trying to poison
managed to haul the body out of When Henry Flower met ous Sunday. James Wogan went him. Whatever his mental condi- Background photo: Dodder to-
the Dodder with a rope and he Bridget Gannon on Wednes- to the mortuary in Irishtown and tion, it seems that the involve- day on the stretch where Bridget
and Constable Flower were de- day night as arranged, she was identified Bridget’s body. She ment of his station and officers Gannon was drowned, between
tailed to take her to the morgue once again accompanied by was buried in Glasnevin the next in this very public affair pushed New Bridge (Herbert Bridge)
in Londonbridge Road using the her friend Margaret Clowry. morning, Friday the 24th. him over the edge. and London Bridge. (Photo Wil-
horse and cart. The three walked along Baggot On Friday afternoon, Marga- Henry Flower was eventu- liam Murphy, Creative Com-
Humphreys noticed that Flow- Street and up Pembroke Road ret met Sgt. Hanily and told him ally acquitted of any charge in mons via Flickr).
er was muttering to himself and to Lansdowne Road. At that Flower had been in company
glanced often at the cart as they point, Margaret parted company with Bridget on Wednesday
went. This was because, al- and the couple walked on down night. Sgt. Hanily took a state-
though he failed to identify the Lansdowne Road towards the ment from Flower in which he
body at the time, Flower knew Dodder. denied any knowledge of Bridg-
the woman. And not only that They were seen by the sig- et or Margaret Clowry. The next
but he had been one of the last nalman at the level crossing on day the coroner, Friery, got a re-
people to see her alive. Sgt. Ha- Lansdowne Road, who knew the port from the DMP connecting
nily of the Irishtown Barracks, policeman to see, and walking Flower with Bridget on the night
who was later himself to be a through roadworks at Herbert before her body was found.
victim of events, was in charge Bridge as they made their way A post mortem and second
of affairs at the crime scene. towards the Dodder bank. This inquest was ordered. Bridget’s
To understand the events of was a regular haunt for couples body was disinterred for the post
the preceding days leading up to at night and their presence there mortem. The doctor determined
this gruesome discovery in the would not have raised any par- there were no conclusive signs
Dodder, we need to go back to ticular notice. of a struggle and that she had be-
the preceding Thursday and the It seems that Henry Flower come unconscious on immersion
movements of the victim, Bridg- left Bridget shortly after they in the water and drowned.
et Gannon. Bridget was a maid appeared near the river, because The body was reinterred in
in a house at 124 Lower Baggot a fellow officer later confirmed Clonsilla, probably a family
Street. On Sunday, August 19th, that he came into a pub on Bath plot. Flower was represented at
she left the house after work, Avenue at around 9.30 or 9.45, this inquest by a Mr. Harrington,
shortly before 7pm and called and stayed for about an hour. who argued that the second in-
to pick up her friend, Marga- No unusual behaviour on the quest shouldn’t be allowed by
ret Clowry, from Lower Mount policeman’s part was noted in virtue of the finding of the first
Street where she lived. Clowry the witness account of his visit one. Some days later the first
was also a maid by profession, to the pub. The following morn- inquest was quashed and a third
but was not employed at the ing, Bridget Gannon’s body was set for Saturday September 8th.
time. The two women set off for found face down in the Dodder Bridget was again disinterred for
a walk down Northumberland as described above. the jurors of the final inquest to
Road. After the body was brought to see the body, and then reinterred
Meanwhile Constable Flower the morgue, the coroner, Chris- for the final time.
and his colleague Thomas Dock- topher Friery, was summoned During the third inquest Flow-
ery came off duty at Irishtown, and the policemen went about er stated under oath that he did
got into their civvies and set off the task of assembling a jury not know Bridget Gannon. Har-
for a stroll of their own. They for an inquest. This took place rington then told his client to say
wandered in the direction of around 4pm on the day the body nothing further. Eventually, the
Lansdowne Road and thence to was found. Dr. John G. Synott inquest found that Bridget had
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Campaign ends, problems remain

be sure that if it weren’t for Richard Ke-
ogh’s injury, the excellent John Egan would
not have gotten his chance either.
It remains to be seen if Ireland can

n David Prendeville League) in the 0-0 draw against Georgia. It squeeze their way into the Euros through
nd so Ireland’s EURO 2020 quali- is he, who chose not to play Matt Doherty, these upcoming play-offs, beginning with
fying campaign concluded with such a brilliant creative outlet in the final Slovakia in the semi-final. If they win that,
Ireland having to enter the play-off game against Denmark, all through the either Bosnia and Herzegovina or Northern
games in March, needing to win both of qualifying round. It is he chose to leave Da- Ireland await in the final. If they do, Mc-
those, to get in to the tournament we are co- vid McGoldrick so isolated in the first half Carthy and the FAI will have gotten away
hosting next summer. of the Denmark game, with Jeff Hendrick with it. But in no way does he deserve credit
This campaign would do little to con- (not a player renowned for creativity or for what has been another miserable cam-
vince anyone that this is something we goals) the closest man to him. At Sheffield paign nor the FAI for the decision to hire
can pull off. Teams need to score goals to United, McGoldrick essentially plays as a him. A quintessentially Irish type of fail-
win games, something which Ireland seem number ten, with the pace of Lys Mousset ure – honourable failure – against a sleep-
chronically incapable of doing. The team or Ireland international (benched by McCa- walking Denmark team does little to alter
scored a miserable seven goals in eight rthy for the Denmark game, that we needed that. It’s painful to see such praise for the
games in the qualifying round, in a group to win) Callum Robinson, playing further performance. Fans shouldn’t have to have
that had Gibraltar in it. By comparison, forward than him. their expectations so low that a game in
the Danes scored twenty three in the same I have long decried McCarthy’s neander- which Ireland can string a couple of passes
number of matches. thal tactics and team selections. Even more together is praised as a revelation.
If Ireland fail to qualify for next summer’s galling and lethal, however, is the mix of tried again. Realistically, if Ireland make it to the
competition, it will be the short-termist eggs this with his stubbornness. Surely this warranted more work in train- tournament, we will only be making up the
of the FAI and John Delaney coming back The embarrassing omission of Doherty ing and in matches? Surely one of Mc- numbers under this manager, in terms of
to bite them, rather than coming home to in most of the qualifying games stems in Carthy’s priorities in training should be to our on-field competitiveness. However, the
roost. The appointment of Mick McCarthy no small part from McCarthy’s idea that he try and figure out a way that the two best buzz of having Ireland play games in a ma-
as manager for two years was a travesty. knows better than pundits and fans alike. players can play in the team? It was an ab- jor tournament at home in Dublin is some-
This is a manager who under-achieved with With Doherty enjoying a wonderful sea- dication of duty on McCarthy’s part not to thing every football fan desperately wants
a much better group of players nearly two son with Wolves last year, fans were un- work on this further. McCarthy’s stubborn to experience.
decades ago. Re-appointing McCarthy sev- derstandably eager for him to be integrated streak is also, I believe, the reason Aaron Let’s hope something comes over him
enteen years after he was sacked for failing into the team, something that never hap- Connolly didn’t start that key game against that he picks a better team for those quali-
to qualify for Euro 2004, was a clear sign pened under Martin O’Neill. Georgia. The 19 year old had just scored fiers, that he puts his stubbornness to one
that more progressive thinking was needed Standing in Doherty’s way, of course, was two goals against the Champions League side and picks the younger, exciting play-
to steer the team in the right direction. the fact that already in the position of right- finalists and ran their defenders ragged in ers we have as well. Let’s hope Troy Par-
It was also amusing at the time to hear back was Ireland’s captain Seamus Cole- his Premier League debut the week before. rott makes an impression on Jose Mourinho
of how McCarthy was a good replace- man. However, as people sensibly pointed But why would that convince McCarthy (unlikely, given his track record with youth)
ment for Martin O’Neill because he likes out, in Wolves’ system Doherty played of him being worthy of a start, when he had and makes his debut for Spurs sooner rather
to play attacking football. I don’t think the more as an attacking outlet, as a wing-back, James Collins? The target man striker play- than later, forcing the manager’s hand to
long-suffering fans of Wolves and Ipswich so there’s no reason he couldn’t play further ing his maiden campaign at Championship pick him.
would have agreed with that assertion of forward on the right wing for Ireland. level with Luton at the age of 28, having There is still hope, but the ineptitude
McCarthy’s “style”. The genuinely appall- McCarthy tried this for the first half in the played further down the leagues before of the manager and this organization has
ing goal-scoring stats in this qualifying first qualifying game against Gibraltar. The that? meant there’s an awful lot riding on what
tournament are a withering riposte to those Doherty-Coleman combo on the right hand The public desire for Connolly to start, is essentially the lottery of two play-offs.
claims. Yes, McCarthy can say he doesn’t side didn’t pull up any trees in that half, as it did for Doherty to be integrated into Let’s hope McCarthy is a lucky manager, if
have much quality up front. But it is he, but the entire Irish team played abysmally. the team, meant that there was no way Mc- not a good one.
who chose not to start the hugely promis- Doherty was the fall-guy, after one half of Carthy was going to oblige. Who are these
ing Aaron Connolly (fresh from scoring football, and the combination of him and people to tell him what he should do? He, of Above: Mick McCarthy.
two goals against Tottenham in the Premier Coleman down the right wing, was never course, always knows better. One can also Photo: WikiCommons.

Shelbourne FC bounces back from the Setanta cup and lost the li-
cence in 2007. Over a decade later and
‘the past is a foreign country’; a hungry

n Kathrin Kobus He was one of the 2, 600 supporters young Shelbourne team is back.
riday the 13th September 2019 who had travelled up there from Dublin “Near bankruptcy some years ago,
brought happiness back for Shel- and he is over the moon when talking the club’s members pulled together and
bourne FC. It was the day the about what this promotion means to him: fought to keep the club afloat. With a
team, with coach Ian Morris, travelled “Next season Dublin will have a unique young manager, committed players and
to Drogheda to clinch the First Division distinction of having two teams in the not to forget or dare to dismiss the fero-
title and trophy with an away win. elite division of Irish football, Shamrock cious and loyal support Shelbourne FC
The date aptly mirrored the result, 1:3 Rovers and Shelbourne. That promises has, [The club] hopes to prove they are
win for the visitors and joyous scenes af- two derby games. The Reds support has back for the long haul where they rightly
terwards to celebrate the trophy, and the been pining for these fixtures’ return belong.“ Said Scotchie.
return, finally, to the Irish Premier Divi- for years. Now they hope to finally and The new season will start in February.
sion. rightfully take their place at the top ta- To drum up more support and followers
Shelbourne FC is at home in Tolka ble.” Johnny Byrne and Kitman Johnny Wat-
park North of the East wall in Drumcon- Let’s just say, the Lilywhites from son plan to put the First Division trophy
dra, but its fan and partly player base Dundalk, this year’s premier division up for show some evening before Christ-
reaches well into Ringsend. So much winners might have something to say mas.
so that for John “Scotchie” Byrne the about that as well.
‘Ringsend Reds’ are finally back where Rewind to 2006 when Shelbourne FC Left: John “Scotchie” Byrne (selfie, and
they belong. fell literally apart, had to be withdrawn the cup with mascot). December 2019 / January 2020 SPORTING HISTORY Page 37

n Gavan Bergin be the first of many in the top
harlie O’Hagan was flight. But that fine start proved
born in Buncrana, Coun- to be the high point of his time
ty Donegal in July 1882. with Middlesbrough. Char-
He was raised in the village of lie lost his place in the side to
Linsfort, where his father ran the England international, Wilf
the local shop. Common, who was the most
As a boy, Charlie played foot- expensive player ever in the his-
ball and by the time he was in tory of the Football League, and
secondary school he was a very therefore bound to be Middles-
promising player. Although he brough’s first choice inside-left.
spent a lot of his time at foot- So Charlie was dropped to
ball, he didn’t neglect his work the reserve team, but he was too
at school and when he left at good a player to be stuck there
the age of sixteen, he moved for too long. In December 1906,
to Derry to attend St Columb’s the Scottish Division One club,
College. Aberdeen, paid the transfer fee
When he got there, Charlie of £175 to Middlesbrough for
started playing for the college’s Charlie. He received a signing-
football club, St Columb’s on fee from Aberdeen of £10,
Court. They were in the Ulster which was a considerable sum
Junior League when Charlie at a time when football’s maxi-
arrived, but within a few years mum wage rule meant that even
he had helped them to the top the top players in England were
level of Irish football – the on just £4 a week.
Irish League. This was an as- And Charlie paid Aberdeen
tonishing, almost unbelievable back handsomely for their in-
achievement for such team such vestment in him. Between 1906
as St Columb’s, but when the and 1910, he produced some of
1901/02 season kicked off, there the most impressive form of his

Charlie O’Hagan
they were, an Irish League team, entire career. In his second sea-
standing as equals alongside son in Scotland he helped Ab-
the likes of Linfield and Clift- erdeen get to the Scottish Cup
onville, the famous grand old semi-final for the first time ever.

The Entertainer
clubs of Irish football. During his four seasons with
Unfortunately for St them he scored 24 goals in 112
Columb’s, once the season start- matches for Aberdeen, and they
ed everything went downhill. never lost a game that Charlie
The team was utterly outclassed scored in.
in the top flight and they failed In July 1910, Charlie moved
to win a single match all year. to Morton FC, for whom he
They finished last and were rel- scored at an even more impres-
egated from the League at the sive rate than he had at Aber-
end of the season. deen. In less than two years at
St Columb’s Court went Morton, he scored 22 goals in
down, but Charlie didn’t go 55 matches. He left Morton and
with them. He had played ex- joined Third Lanark, but played
ceptionally well from the start, only a few games for them and
quickly proving that he was retired from playing football in
good enough for the top flight, April 1912.
and midway through the season kept his football skills sharp by five-man forward line consist- lie liked to show some style in Charlie also played interna-
he moved to the League’s other playing for a club named Old ing of one centre-forward, two his play when the chance arose. tional football for Ireland. He
local cub, Derry Celtic. Xavierians in the local amateur wingers and two inside-for- His ability to produce effective made his debut against Scotland
By the end of that ‘01/’02 sea- league. Charlie was bound to wards, known as the inside-left and attractive football through- in Glasgow on March 3rd 1905,
son, he had earned himself a rep- stand out and before long he and the inside-right. They have out his career would earn him becoming the second Tottenham
utation as one of Ireland’s best was spotted by the local Divi- no exact equivalent in modern the nickname of ‘the born enter- man ever to play for Ireland af-
young players. At that stage, it sion One team, Everton FC. football, but they were pivotal tainer’. He spent two good years ter Jack Kirwan the Wicklow
was most likely that he would Charlie signed with Everton in players at the time. Wikipedia entertaining the Spurs support- born outside-left. Charlie and
play at least one more season March 1903, but never managed describes their role as “running ers, and they were sorry to see Jack played together for Totten-
in the Irish League, before per- to break into their first team and and making space in the oppo- him go when he signed for Mid- ham and linked well for Ireland
haps getting the opportunity of a he was transferred to Tottenham sition defence, supporting the dlesbrough after the ‘05/’06 sea- against a fine Scottish side.
move to an English club. Hotspur in May 1904. centre-forward with passes”. son. Charlie’s performance in his
But Charlie did not do what The move to Tottenham More succinctly, in ‘The Ball is Charlie made his Division first international match was
was anticipated. The wandering worked out brilliantly for Char- Round’, David Goldblatt calls One debut for Middlesbrough, impressive enough to earn him
spirit must have struck him hard lie. He went straight into the the inside-forwards “the brains against Bury FC in September a starting place in Ireland’s next
in the summer of 1902, because Tottenham side for the start of of the team’s attack”. 1906,. He played well in that game, against Wales in Belfast
he quit his college studies, left the ‘04/’05 season, performed That was something Charlie first match and did even better on April 4th 1905.
Derry Celtic and Irish football splendidly and earned a place was particularly well equipped in his second game when he
and emigrated to England. as the first choice inside-left for for. He was quick and smart, he scored against Manchester City. Pictured: Charlie O’Hagan.
He made his way to Liverpool, Spurs. passed the ball well and scored That was his first ever Foot-
where he took a job in the office Back then, teams were set his fair share of goals. As well as ball League goal, and at the time End of part 1. To be continued in
of a Spanish fruit merchant and up in a 2-3-5 formation, with a doing his job effectively, Char- it must have looked like it would the next issue of NewsFour.
Page 38 SPORT December 2019 / January 2020

Christmas comes early at

Clanna Gael Fontenoy
Clanna Gael Fontenoy Great improvements off the field of

Generous financial support from
here’s a sense around the club the Covanta Community Gain Fund
that Christmas has come early as well as from the Department of
this year, such has been the level Transport, Tourism and Sport’s Sports
of success both on and off the playing Capital Fund has helped to finance a
field. wide range of improvements in the
Not that such success has been easily club’s infrastructure and facilities as
achieved. On the contrary, the tremen- follows:
dous hard work and dedication of play- • Reconfiguring the old changing
ers, mentors, coaches and other volun- rooms into a new locker room and a
teers are what have delivered success for Games Development Officer room
a host of the club’s teams. with separate access
At the same time, generous financial • Conversion of the attic space to ac-
support from the Covanta Community commodate a new gym and new office
Gain Fund, the Department of Trans- room
port, Tourism and Sport’s Sports Capi- • Installation of new gym equipment
tal Fund, our various sponsors includ- • Installation of LED light fittings on
ing Dublin Port, as well as the Dublin our main pitch and on the astro pitch
County Board and Croke Park together • Servicing of the halogen flood-
has enabled really great improvements • Our adult camogie team just came up counter with the scores level at full time. lights on our second pitch
in our facilities that will be of benefit not short in the championship semi-final. While Clanns gave it all in extra time, Internal re-fitting of LED lighting in
just to the club but to our much wider • Our adult hurlers retained their cham- the number of games they had played in the clubhouse
community of users. pionship status and made it to a league quick succession took its toll. But they • Installation of photo-voltaic solar
promotion playoff final. did themselves and their club proud and panels in the clubhouse
Success on the field of play great credit is due to all involved in their • Sanding and varnishing of the club
While participation remains the club’s Senior ladies blaze trail in Dublin and tremendous achievements this year – hall flooring
primary goal for all players and teams, Leinster both players and the management team • Purchase of a new tractor, mower,
competitive success is always welcome. Our senior ladies were crowned Dub- of Diane O’Hora and Pat Kane. tining machine and trailer for pitch
Thankfully, it’s been in plentiful supply lin Intermediate Ladies Football Cham- maintenance
with the list including the following: pions with a nail-biting 2-7 to 1-8 win Junior footballers win promotion • Installation of a new generator
• Our U16 girls teams won the Divi- over Cuala in the final. In a very close While our senior footballers won pro- • Resurfacing and fencing upgrade
sion 1 and Division 4 titles respectively. game that looked to be going to extra motion to Division 3 and contested the of the existing astroturf area (target
• Our U14 girls won the Division 1 ti- time, Clanns half forward, Rebecca Mc- Dublin County Intermediate Champion- date Q1 2020)
tle. Donnell, produced two magical points in ship semi-final, our Junior footballers •Re-fitting of a new lift into the ex-
• Our U13 girls were runners up in the the dying minutes to clinch victory. Her also won promotion from their division. isting lift space (target date Q1 2020)
Division 2 final. teammate, Kate McKenna, captured the Their achievement was all the more
• Our U13 camogie team won the Di- player of the match accolade. impressive considering this was their Separately, the club car park was
vision 5 Shield. They then went on in the Leinster first year playing together as a newly- completely resurfaced by BAM Ire-
• Our U16 boys will feature in the Championship to surpass their previous constituted team. Great credit is due to land in return for their use of the fa-
football championship final shortly. success. They comfortably accounted all the players and the management team cility during the construction of of-
• Our U14 hurlers completed their for the Kildare champions, Carbury, of Roger McGrath, Simon Beirne and fices at the former Boland’s Mills site;
league campaign unbeaten. with a 3-13 to 1-7 victory. Mick Costello. while the installation of new behind-
• Our U13 hurlers won the Division 4 This was followed by a tougher en- the-goals netting took place on the
final. counter in the quarter final against Don- U13 hurlers crowned league champi- seaside end of our second pitch in par-
• Our Minor hurlers reached the C aghmore Ashbourne of County Meath in ons allel with the development of the new
Championship Final. a game which had end-to-end action but Our U13 hurlers overcame such pow- playground for kids.
• Our senior ladies footballers won the which was unfortunately curtailed in the erhouses of underage hurling as Faughs,
County Intermediate title and were nar- second half due to a serious injury to one St Kevins, Na Fianna, St Judes, St Vin- Clockwise from top: Clanns Senior
rowly defeated (after extra time) in the of the opposition players. cents and Castleknock to claim the Divi- Ladies win the Dublin Intermediate
Leinster championship semi-final – see Thankfully, Clanns got the better of sion 4 title without losing a single match. Football Championship and contest
report below. things on the second attempt to set up Well done to all the players and to Oran the Leinster semi final.
• Our senior footballers (first team) a mouth-watering semi-final clash with Burke, Eamon Horan and Siona Mac From left, Brian Delany (Secretary),
won promotion to Division 3 and were the fancied Wicklow champions, Tina- Cinna on their successful coaching and Bernard Barron (Chairman), Suzanne
very unlucky to be pipped after a replay healy. This proved yet another close en- management of the team. Murray (Treasurer) and Jay Byrne
(and extra time) in the County Interme- (Vice Chairman) were elected at the
diate semi-final. AGM for the coming year.
• Our newly-constituted junior foot- League champions - Clanns U-13
ballers had a great league run to win pro- hurlers.
motion and just lost out by a single point Clanns U9 boys in action against
in the final for league title. Naomh Olafs of Sandyford. SMALL
December 2019 / January 2020 ADS / NOTICES Page 39

The Ringsend & District Response to Drugs wishes

you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas
he Spellman Centre their interest by contacting
based on Irishtown the centre.
Road is a hive of ac- This group will be facili-
tivity. While the project is tated by two qualified coun-
primarily a drug rehabili- sellors and provided with no
tation service catering for cost. Please contact Gareth or
the service user and their Eddie at 6677666 for further
families, it is also home to details.
a wide range of wellbeing Other activities that took
programmes that is cater- place over the year included
ing for you the local com- the Halloween and Easter
munity. Festival, Summer projects
The project has a strong and holistic wellbeing days.
partnership with the Ring- Once again RDRD in collab-
send Community Services oration with RCSF will host
Network, which highlights the Santa day in the Spellman
the importance of groups Centre on the 19th of Decem-
and people working to- ber from 2.30pm to 4pm.
gether. The network is also Each child will receive a gift
based in the Spellman Cen- and selection box from Santa.
tre. The Spellman Centre Men- resulting in a waiting list for listic therapists. The event is completely free
Some of the wellbeing and tal Health and Wellbeing further programmes due to Also due to take place is a of charge and the doors open
mental health programmes The centre has delivered take place in the year 2020. Personal Freedom Group, ca- with a warm welcome from
are delivered in collabora- four eight-week Mindfulness We also provided other tering specifically for those all the staff and volunteers.
tion with RCSF and all are Based Stress Reduction pro- training opportunities in col- suffering with depression,
free of charge to the com- grammes throughout the year. laboration with RCSF net- anxiety and / or other men- Manager of the Spellman
munity. All the staff in cen- Over 50 people in the lo- work. Some of the training tal health concerns. This new Centre – Teresa Weafer
tre are highly qualified and cal community and the local provided resulted in local group will run for eight weeks Chairperson – Thomas F
use the best practice stand- community network members people in the community be- in the Spellman Centre and Crilly
ards in their delivery. have availed of this service, ing recognised as trained ho- people are welcome to show Contact – 01-6677666
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