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February / March 2020

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GCID: Community needs guarantees

n Dermot Carmody start-up ecosystem.”
arly in January this year Dr O’Brien said that the de-
the cabinet accepted the velopment “will have a positive
recommendations of a impact on the local community,
report from the Grand Canal Dublin city and the country as a
Innovation District (GCID) Ad- whole for generations to come.”
visory Committee and commit- He also mentioned the need for
ted government support for the the innovation centre to evolve
TCD-led initiative. in a way that “meets the educa-
At the heart of the GCID will tional, employment and space
be a new Innovation Campus for needs of the local community
Trinity in the Grand Canal Dock and will improve the quality of
area, which is proposed as the life and the breadth of opportu-
centre of an innovation district, nity for all who live within it.”
physically and practically acting Commenting as a local com-
as a bridge between existing ele- munity organisation, St An-
ments for economic and techno- drew’s Resource Centre, also
logical growth and development issued a statement in response
in the middle of the city. to the adoption of the report’s
These elements include near- recommendations by govern-
by tech companies like Google for startup companies with sup- envisages “the development of nology. ment. The statement welcomed
and Facebook, as well as busi- port from a strong academic re- a cultural and creative hub that The report envisages an eco- the inclusion in the report, the
nesses in the Financial Services search hub, while committing to connects our artistic community nomic benefit of €3.2 billion needs of the local community
Centre. The proposed develop- working with representatives of with our technology commu- from the development of the as a priority in the development,
ment seeks to include the local the local community, such as the nity.” proposed innovation campus in but sounded a cautionary note
community that will host it as a St Andrew’s Resource Centre to The report cites examples of the GCID. Government would saying that “Education, employ-
further element. ensure a net benefit for the local similar development initiatives provide €150 million of the ment and above all social and
The Advisory Committee community. internationally, for example the expected €1.1 billion develop- affordable housing are crucial if
was composed of representa- The report aspires to “the de- Kendall Square innovation cen- ment costs. the traditional community is not
tives from all stakeholders in velopment of a range of educa- tre in Boston spearheaded by The indication by the govern- only to benefit from the planned
the proposed initiative, govern- tional, cultural and social pro- MIT. Like Kendall Square, the ment of a willingness to part- Innovation District, but even to
ment departments, multination- grammes that will ensure the GCID will involve a big invest- fund the project was welcomed survive.”
al technology companies, state innovation district evolves in ment over a ten-year period to by stakeholders in the GCID, They spoke of the need for
agencies, start-ups, universities a way that is respectful of and develop all the elements envis- including Dr Diarmuid O’Brien, an outcome where local com-
and members of the local com- meets the educational, employ- aged. These include spaces for Chief Innovation and Enterprise munities survive and flourish
munity. ment and space needs of the lo- startup companies and provid- Officer at Trinity, who said the and specifically emphasised as
Broadly speaking, the plan is cal community.” ing a location for research and the GCID would “connect the an urgent first step that there be
to create a partnership between It states that the development innovation centres for major significant assets we already a guarantee that there won’t be
all these elements to ensure that should improve quality of life companies, as well as public have – globally leading busi- a reduction in social housing
a vibrant business environment and increased opportunity for spaces, and spaces for engage- nesses, world class research in stock in the area.
is fostered, where space is given all who live within it. It also ment between the arts and tech- our universities and a thriving Continued on page 2.

In this issue…
Page 16: Housing stories Page 18: Valentines flowers Page 20 & 21: General Election Page 30: The Oscars
Page 2 February / March 2020

GCID: Community needs guarantees

Continued from page 1. need, and to get a commitment, as much as
A similar note of caution was sounded by you can and as strong as you can. One of the
Labour’s spokesperson on Transport, Tour- big things is, and one of the things we’ve
NewsFour Newspaper ism and Sport, Senator Kevin Humphreys, asked for a commitment on, immediately, is
is part of a DEASP who noted that the plans envisaged support- that there will be no reduction in the social
Community Employment ing up to 6,000 jobs in the area and spoke housing stock that already exists in the com-
Programme of the need to provide social and affordable munity.”
accommodation around the site. (In fact, the The report by the GCID Advisory Com-
NewsFour report mentions a larger figure of 7,000 jobs
which could potentially be created.) everybody who lives and works in this area.
mittee does acknowledge that the planned
development “will put more pressure on is-
It’s certainly worth looking at the poten- We’ve already undergone huge changes sues such as transport, access and housing,
tial issues around housing and of other such with the companies that have come in and both availability and rental prices.” It goes
Beibhinn Byrne city initiatives, as well as the undoubted what’s been happening already around us. on to say that the provision of 200 accom-
benefits in terms of bringing more jobs and There’s a danger that the traditional com- modation spaces, comprised of “a combina-
Online Editor investment from companies into an area. In munity may be driven out. There is this feel- tion of single bed studios and three-person
Kathrin Kobus Kendall Square, Boston, the example men- ing that there will be better job opportunities apartment clusters,” is in line with models
tioned above, the success of the develop- for communities, but there hasn’t been a lot employed in innovation centres internation-
Journalists ment has led to concerns about increasing of proof or evidence of that.” ally.
Kathrin Kobus difficulty with transport and rising prices of Elaine is particularly concerned about the There is a commitment from Trinity to
Eoin Meegan housing in the area. influx of people who will be studying, work- ensure that a number of these units will be
Peter McNamara NewsFour spoke to Elaine Boland, Staff ing and living in the area or who will need to social and affordable housing. While the re-
David Prendeville Manager in Senior Care at St Andrew’s be transported in and out. There are doubts port does acknowledge concerns relating
Geneva Pattison Resource Centre. Elaine was one of three about the ability of the transport infrastruc- to social and affordable housing, there is no
Dermot Carmody people who sat on the GCID Advisory ture to cope with this. “As it is, our public specific commitment or guarantee, since at
Committee, not as official community rep- transport system is not fit for purpose,” she this stage, it says, the Advisory Committee
Contributors resentatives, but to provide voices from says. “is developing principles for the district and
Felix O’Regan some who live and work in the community. As part of their work on the Advisory cannot commit to specific action plans.”
Gavan Bergin Elaine sees their role as being to ”try and Committee, Elaine and others visited an Undoubtedly the local community would inform the community as much as we can innovation centre in London “We spoke to wish to have such guarantees in a solid and
[about the GCID development] and get the some of the people in the communities there deliverable form as the project advances.
Crossword community going on this.” She says that on the ground. They’d had a range of dif-
Gemma Byrne the impact of the proposed development ferent experiences, but their advice to our Image: Grand Canal Innovation District.
will be huge. “It has major implications for community was to get in and get what you Source: GCID Advisory Committee.
Design and Layout

Eugene Carolan
THE EDITOR’S CORNER of the players.
ision. That’s the operative word for this upcoming elec- The old VW factory on Shelbourne Road (page 15) is a fascinat-
Ad Design ing, though conflicting, read in vision and ‘innovation’. Pride at
tion, this coming decade and it’s the theme of this issue.
Dara O Riordain ending a wasteful, grabby practice through independent, solution-
You can read potted bio and candidate’s visions (pages
20 & 21) in our double spread. What we vote for – both in our based thinking. Sorrow and anger at the mad waste of ripping up
everyday lives and this election – has never been more important. so fine a tram system, a great public good extinguished by ulti-
We stand at a critical juncture, on a precipice in fact. There has mately, short term and unsustainable interests.
Sandymount Vision requires looking ahead for generations, it asks hard ques-
never been more at stake for our environment, our society and our
Community Services, country. We must understand how serious it is. tions and doesn’t gloss over problems but excavates them to en-
13A Fitzwilliam Street, The prices we are paying both literally and figuratively are too sure a solution. Vision is motivated. Derek Jarman (pages 26 &
Ringsend, Dublin 4. high but they will be asphyxiating in the future if we don’t shout 27) whose bravery and insightful activism in the 1970’s is the
‘Stop’. Now. voice of today; a refusal to back down on what is right, an insist-
Telephone: (01)6673317 Ninety four years of a two-party state has not served us well. ence on the birthright of natural human expression and resistance
The world has changed drastically and we need new thinking and to anything that wants to suppress or crush it. Bjork (page 32)
E-mail: action for a future that can exist, if we make it so. Who wants to who keeps pushing boundaries, is a one-woman lesson in per- be a ‘have’ in a world of ‘have nots’? Who wants to live discon- sonal evolution and boldly signposting positive future directions.
nected, amidst a damaged and dysfunctional society? Who, in a One of our own, the poet Paula Meehan (page 28) and the new
Website: position of gain, would not want others to experience peace and Irish poets (page 29) represent our empathy, artistry, intuition and privilege and indeed help them get there? We all know the single, spirit, all of which are resurfacing from their suppressed impor-
disturbing negative answer to these questions. Just as we all know tance in society, to take their rightful place as respected and pow-
Opinions expressed in NewsFour the affirmative, life enhancing alternative. It is a choice. We must erful ways of knowing and communication.
do not necessarily represent make the right one. We are the system, we are the workers and consumers, the archi-
the views of Sandymount William Blake’s ‘dark satanic mills’ comes to mind reading the tects and dwellers of it, we are the watchers and the participants.
Community Services. report on the Grand Canal Innovation District announcement. The Economy must serve us, not us serving it. We need to demand the
wheels are in motion but it is distrustfully vague on detail. Big world we want. We urge you to vote for better, not just in this elec-
Printed by tech and business’s empty promises towards the community must tion but in your ongoing, everyday, interactions and transactions
Webprint, be rejected for guaranteed realities and a bonafide future for peo- also. Political ideology, decision making and legislation directly
Mahon, Co. Cork ple. Issues such as publicly owned and affordable housing, pol- shapes and dictates our day-to-day wellbeing, our purses, our ser-
lution levels, public service facilities and services that nurtures vices, our communities, our environments, our securities and our
families and real community, now, and in the future cannot be freedoms. On Feb 8th we urge everyone to vote. If you don’t use
fudged. your vote you lose the chance to exercise control over not only
We need to ask whose and what kind of ‘vision’ is it? Espe- what happens to you but to others and to future generations also.
cially in light of the, to date, gargantuan unpaid tax by some Make sure you vote wisely. February / March 2020 CHARITY SUPPORT Page 3

Dodder Sea Scouts help homeless

pproaching Christmas, Dodder Sea Scouts
wanted to help other people so they chose
to help the homeless.
Above are photos of the Sea Scouts sorting the
food donations received from neighbours, friends
and family of the Scout Group to be donated to
Brother Kevin and the Capuchin Day Centre to
feed the homeless. The Sea Scouts thank every-
St John’s Church, Park Avenue, Sandymount will host its annual
one for their very kind donations.
St Patrick’s Day Holy Eucharist Service on March 17th at 11am,
Pictured on the left is Oisin, a Cub Scout, with
featuring prayers and hymns in Irish and English and extracts from
Cathaoirleach Brennan at the Annual Wreath
the Seán Ó Riada Mass. Fáilte roimh chách – everyone is welcome.
Laying ceremony at the City Quay Memorial, St John’s would also like to thank everyone who attended the Carols
remembering those lost at sea. Cub Scouts and by Candlelight service that raised over €2,000 for the Capuchin Day
Sea Scouts carried the flags of the Irish Shipping Centre and received a lovely letter from Brother Kevin thanking all
Companies. who supported them.

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Sean Moore Community Awards 2020

orking with our sponsor, the Aviva Stadium, and our me- As always, we do not want to limit the criteria involved and therefore
dia partner NewsFour, we are delighted to confirm that the do not set a prescriptive account as to why somebody should be nomi-
Sean Moore Community Awards – first established during nated. It could be a good neighbour, a long-serving youth, community,
the 1988 Dublin Millennium – will again be presented in March 2020, or residents’ association leader. The person can be young or old, man
at a ceremony in Clanna Gael Fontenoy GAA Club, Sean Moore Park, or woman. You, the community, determine that.
Dublin 4. Please send your nominees to the following no later than Friday 6th
The awards for “exceptional community service” were inaugurated March 2020:
to honour the memory of the late Sean Moore, former Dáil Deputy, The Chairperson,
Minister of State and Lord Mayor of Dublin, who represented the area Panel of Judges, Sean Moore Community Awards,
with distinction for so long. c/o NewsFour,
The awards are open to any person, or organisation, who have made 13A Fitzwilliam Street,
an exceptional contribution to the Community. It is adjudicated on Ringsend,
by an independent panel of judges and will be presented at an Awards Dublin 4.
evening later this year.
We invite you or your organisation to consider putting forward a Thank you for your cooperation and I hope to meet you at the Awards
nomination outlining the reasons why your nominee should receive an Ceremony.
award. There will be a number of awards presented. Dermot Lacey – Secretary

‘D Dublin Port Diaries

ublin Port Diaries’, a ers are transcriptions of the oral with the artists at Fighting Words
collection of Dock- retellings that were shared at the to create Port Diaries. The book
land stories and a workshops. not only captures the anecdotes,
collaboration between Port Per- Dublin Port Diaries will be humour and friendships that were
spectives and Fighting Words, available (while stocks last) in part of life on the docks but pro-
was launched at the end of 2019 Port Centre, from Fighting Words vides us with an important piece
at the Port Centre with renowned and in local community centres, of living history that might oth-
Dublin author Roddy Doyle in namely St. Andrew’s Resource erwise be lost. It’s so important
attendance. The book is a collab- Centre, Sean O’Casey Communi- that we hear these stories first-
orative project between Dublin ty Centre, East Wall Youth Centre hand and preserve them for fu-
Port’s arts commissioning pro- and Ringsend Community Centre. ture generations. That’s what
gramme, and Fighting Words, Eamonn O’Reilly, Dublin Port Dublin Port’s Port Perspectives
a creative writing organisation Company chief executive, said, programme is all about, and this
established by Doyle with Seán “Congratulations to the dockers, project is a very fine example of
Love in 2009. The initiative is their families and all who worked that in action.”
the first time that the programme
has explored the written word St Patricks Boys School Ringsend 1945-46
following successful theatre,
music and artistic productions. ers Preservation Society, and their McKenna, Orla Lehane, Colm (update of names)
Starting last year, Dublin Port family members for a series of Quearney and volunteer staff
gathered 17 former dockworkers, storytelling workshops which of Fighting Words. The stories
now members of the Dockwork- were facilitated by artists Theresa shared at these workshops, which
highlighted the rich history and
heritage of the Port and its com-
munities, became the Dublin Port
The book features insights and
stories from the retired workers of
life on the docks, how the docks
have changed over the years, a
Dockers’ Dictionary and even a
catalogue of some of the irrev-
erent and interesting nicknames
which were bestowed upon the
workers and their colleagues dur-
ing their time at the Port. Our thanks go to Pat McGuire, who supplied several more
Fighting Words is an organisa- names for the boys in this picture from our previous issue.
tion which aims to help students Top, left to right: 1 ?, Fannon, 2 Joe Breen, 3 ? Dooner, 4 ? George
of all ages to develop their writ- McKeever, 5 Eamon Flood, 6 Billy Connolly, 7 Michael Lawler, 8
ing skills and explore their love Vincent Gillis, 9. Ollie Mc Donald.
of writing. The dockers were en- Second row: 1 Gerry Olin, 2 Lar Ahern, 3 Noel Murphy, 4 Dan
Basketball: UCD Marian get silver couraged to contribute to the Dia- Kennedy, 5 Pat McGuire, 6 Johnny Grimes, 7 Joe Kinsella, 8 Noel
UCD Marian U20 basketballers had made it to the final of the Hula ries by writing their recollections Kavanagh, 9 Eddie Knot
Hoop U20 National Cup 2019/20 of life on the docks in their own Third Row: 1 Eugene Gaffney, 2 Willie Power, 3 Harry Hughes, 4
All the finals of the competition were played last January week- words and the stories contained Eddie Donnelly, 5. Christy Murphy, 6 ? 7 ? 8 ? 9 ?
end at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght. UCD Marian lost in the book are a combination of Fourth Row: 1 ? O’Dea, 2 Michael Donnery, 3 Ernie Clayton, 4
against Moycullen. So the team around coach Eddie Barron could these anecdotes written by the Joe Barry (JB), 5 Christy Lawless, 6 Paddy Behan, 7 ?? from Beg-
collect runners-up medals this time. dockers themselves, while oth- gars Bush. February / March 2020 LOCAL / COMMUNITY Page 5

Meningitis B vaccination available in Ringsend a catch-up programme to older children due to its cost.
Dr O’ Sullivan believes that ideally all young children
should have access to this vaccine. Finally, he would

n Eoin Meegan injury. The disease affects infants and young children like to thank Aviva Stadium for their generous financial
rishtown and Ring- primarily, but has a second peak in secondary school contribution that allowed this to happen.
send Primary Care age and young adulthood. In 2009, 58% of meningo- Men B can strike very quickly and either kill or leave
Centre was the venue coccal disease was caused by the B strain, but since the heartbreaking brain damage. Ireland has the highest rate
in January for the launch Men C vaccine was introduced some years ago, almost of meningitis B reporting in Europe. Perhaps that sta-
of the Men B vaccine all cases of meningococcal disease are now caused by tistic alone creates a special urgency for people to have
catch-up programme for the B strain. their children vaccinated.
the area. The launch was The vaccine used is Bexsero, which is the first ap-
the brainchild of Dr Tony proved vaccine for meningococcal B disease. It has Pictured left: Twins Lacey and Amber McDonald
O’Sullivan and his wife been added to the infant vaccination schedule for all in- with mum Carla.
Caitriona, the practice fants born after October 1st 2016, but was not offered as Photo: Eoin Meegan.
nurse in the centre, both of whom feel it is important
that young people get vaccinated against this potentially
killer disease.
Unfortunately, until now the vaccine wasn’t available
to most children born before October 2016, due to the
cost being so prohibitive. Now, thanks to very gener-
ous support from the Aviva Stadium Community Fund,
Irishtown and Ringsend Primary Care Centre are able
to offer this vaccine free of charge to selected children
within the area who are covered by a full medical card.
While every child under six now has a doctor visit
card, the child receives a full medical card only if their
parents also have one, by virtue of low income. For any
child over 10 months of age, two doses are required
(three doses below that age).The supply was industry
supported, and Dr O’Sullivan and his team at Ringsend
very generously administered the vaccines free of charge
in the interests of public health, and in Dr O’Sullivan’s
own words, “to give something back to the community.”
Tony believes getting the vaccine is very important
because it is so effective, and wants to assure people that
the vaccine is completely safe and they need have no
concerns about their child receiving it. “The vaccine is
incredibly effective, and extremely safe,” he says, “the
only danger is if children do not receive the vaccine.”
Dr. Sinead Beirne, a writer and regular on Doctor in
the House on Virgin Media One, and who also works at
the centre is fully behind the vaccine. She added: “We
forget just how high the infant mortality rate was before
these vaccines were available, but when you look at the
statistics you see the mortality rate has come away down
on the graph. That tells its own story. Vaccines have rev-
olutionised everything and they save lives. The problem
is we can get complacent and think this is the way it
always was.” Sinead said she has three children and she
thinks it would be unforgivable not to have them vac-
Recently Tony witnessed the peril of meningitis first-
hand when the child of a close friend of his contacted
it. Thankfully, the child got to Crumlin Hospital in time
and has since made a complete recovery, but only be-
cause Tony happened to drop into the house on a visit
and saw how sick the child was and got it to hospital in
time. Not everyone will be so lucky.
Irishtown and Ringsend Primary Care Centre vacci-
nated 45 children so far this year, the same number as
in 2019, and they hope to do another 45 next year. At
this year’s launch Lee Sheppard, a pupil at Ringsend
College received the jab from Caitriona and he said it
was fine and no one had any cause for alarm. Also in
attendance was another recipient family, nine-year-old
twins Amber and Lacey McDonald, along with their
mum Carla.
Meningococcal meningitis is the most severe form of
the disease, with a very rapid onset causing the charac-
teristic non-blanching rash in minutes and death within
hours. Children who survive meningococcal disease
(meningitis or septicaemia) almost always have a brain
Page 6 LOCAL / PROFILE February / March 2020

Capital Credit Union and

provide free study service for three Deis schools
ingsend College stu- St. Tiernan’s Community Commenting, teacher and Stud-
dents are to get free School, Dundrum, (Deis) CEO and co-founder
access to, Ringsend College, Sand- Luke Saunders said: “Having
along with three other schools. ymount, (Deis) attended a Deis school my-
Ireland’s most popular study OLM Secondary School, self, I am delighted to be able
website has teamed Drimnagh, (Deis) to partner with Capital Credit
up with one of Dublin’s largest Stepaside Educate Together, Union to offer ac-
credit unions to give students at Leopardstown (Educate To- cess to three Deis schools, and
four Dublin schools free access gether) to an Educate Together school.
to its service. The Deis programme was in- Despite all the negatives we
More than 360 students will troduced in 2006 and is aimed hear about the internet, I feel
be able to access Studyclix. at providing supports to 200 strongly that online learning has
ie for free, courtesy of Capi- schools with high concentra- opened up opportunities to driv-
tal Credit Union, to get expert tions of students from socio- en students regardless of their hundreds of students with their is Ireland’s larg-
exam tips and see past papers economically disadvantaged location and socio-economic Junior Cert and Leaving Cert est study website with 160,000
broken down by topic. backgrounds who are at risk of backgrounds. We want to have exams. This partnership will registered secondary school users simplifies the educational failure. a tangible impact on enabling offer four schools a chance to and 26,000 registered secondary
study process by breaking down There are 200 post-primary good outcomes for students fac- further develop the education of school teachers.
each subject into topics. For Deis schools in Ireland. The ing the pressures of study and students in our catchment area. sorts all the past
each topic past exam questions, purpose of the scheme is Deliv- exams.” We are always looking for ways Junior and Leaving Certificate
marking schemes, quizzes and ering Equality of Opportunity Speaking at the launch, James to support students and believe exams into topics and, for each
videos are available.  in Schools. aims Liston, Business Development this will deepen our relationship question, gives students access to
The site has more than to support other schools within Officer at Capital Credit Union, with schools and our younger the marking schemes and sample
150,000 students across Ireland the Deis programme by offering which has over 50,000 members members.” answers to help them understand
registered while more than 90% large discounts on their school and 10 branches in Dublin, said: Capital CU already provides how they can improve their an-
of second-level teachers also license options.  “As an integral part of the local 20 third-level scholarships each swering technique.
use the service.  The sponsorship was an- community, Capital Credit Un- year to members who are going For more details, see https://
Capital Credit Union will nounced at St. Tiernan’s Com- ion is delighted to partner with to college. Each scholarship is
provide the service munity School in Dundrum. in directly helping worth €1,500, meaning it gives
for three Deis schools – giving away €30,000 each year. Pictured above is Luke Saun-
access (normally €39.99 each) It also operates a School ders of with St
to 360 Junior and Leaving Saving Scheme for primary Tiernan’s Community School
Certificate students in a spon- school students and a Student students Alison McGovern and
sorship package worth almost Affinity Programme for col- Ariana Charec.
€15,000. The service will also lege students. Partner univer- Left: Luke Saunders of Studycix.
be provided to an Educate To- sities include University Col- ie and James Liston of Capital
gether school. lege Dublin, Dublin Business Credit Union.
The schools are: School and RCSI. Pictures: Orla Murray.

D4 pub reigns victorious at the Irish Hospitality Global Awards

reat news for local hos- successfully caters to sporting during or post-match as the delight rise to a crescendo from Rathmines, resulting in expert
pitality and for Slat- needs for all, while remaining crowd generates such an ec- the home of Irish sport. service, brilliant atmosphere
tery’s Pub D4, who just latched to the heart to the local static energy it will course Slattery’s boast a family his- and the best pints around.
before Christmas, was awarded community. through your veins. For non- tory of over 85 years experi- and found
the ‘Best Sport’s Experience Slattery’s has been a corner- ticket holders, catch key mo- ence in the business, with con- on Facebook | Instagram and
2019’ amidst a very strong list stone establishment to locals ments displayed across our nections to Slattery’s Pub in Twitter.
of Ireland-based contenders. and visitors to Beggar’s Bush multiple large screens that are
The Irish Pubs Global Awards for many years now and their scattered around our bar.
summoned the ever-lively and professionalism is unmatched Perch yourself next to the
cherished global pub commu- when it comes to catering for regular sports fanatics to ex-
nity to the Round Room of the their customers. perience live action commen-
Mansion House in celebration Following their win, Irial tary or sit as a friend among
of another prosperous and suc- Slattery, Owner of Slattery’s strangers. But don’t fear about
cessful year for Irish hospital- said, “This award is very spe- missing a single second while
ity and tourism. cial for us as we pride our- you replenish your pint as we
Found at the busy commu- selves on providing the best cater for the crowds we expect
nity crossroads of Beggar’s sports day atmosphere. We with a fully stocked bar paired
Bush and stirring in the shad- were delighted to be recog- with charming and attentive
ows of the bright lights of the nised for this particular award staff.
Aviva Stadium, Slattery’s can category, it means a lot to me At Slattery’s you will watch
be recognised as a bustling, and the team.” your team reign victorious
boisterous and buoyant bar that Bask in the atmosphere pre, while hearing the screech of February / March 2020 Page 7

NewsFour aro und the World

The Nolan Family and friends travelled from Ringsend to Toronto for Dave and Tania’s
wedding #irishcanadianwedding.
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Dancing with the local stars

n Eoin Meegan launched the first Fitsteps in Doyle fundraiser, and performed
ome time ago NewsFour Ringsend in January the follow- a dance routine at Darkness into
visited Fitsteps, a new ing year, with only eight mem- Light as the participants were
dance and fitness pro- bers. Today there are up on thirty about to set off, which set a really
gramme set up by Shauna Tilley in the class, largely thanks to positive mood. The group is also
that was starting to create waves. word of mouth. Shortly after set- available for Hens and other so-
Recently, on a catch-up visit I was ting up the class Shauna gave up cial gatherings.
delighted to find that Shauna and her full time job to concentrate Recently the group filmed a
the other Fitsteps girls are not on Fitsteps. A brave decision in promo video down at the Poolbeg
only still around but have gone these economically challenging Lighthouse. “It seemed fitting as class (age 6-11) totalling approxi- Fitsteps happens every Monday
from strength to strength. The times but one that shows the com- the class is all about the commu- mately 25 children. Both hap- evening at 8pm, and Wednes-
class has trebled in size, become mitment and passion she has for nity it was only right we filmed at pen on Mondays. The classes are days at 7.30pm in St Matthew’s
involved with community events, the project. And her enthusiasm such an iconic part of the commu- jointly taught by Shauna and Dan- National School, Irishtown. And
and now there is even a Fitsteps really shows and obviously has nity,” Shauna said. ielle Doolin. It is great fun and the on Saturday morning at 10am in
for kids. infected the other participants. On New cutting edge research in kids love it. It is also a great way Ringsend Community Centre.
So let’s recap and catch up. Fit- my recent catch-up visit the ladies neuroscience and psychology to get children involved in health- While the Popdance classes take
steps is a solo dance fitness pro- were working really hard (I was seem to back up the connection ier activities and group projects, place on Mondays 4-5pm (tots)
gramme that was created by two exhausted just watching them!) between dancing and positive so well worth thinking about if and 5-6pm (kids) in the Ringsend
former Strictly Come Dancing and meticulously following Shau- mental health. Firstly, dancing fo- you have little folk at home. Community Centre.
professional dancers, Ian Waite na’s intricate footwork. cuses the mind and hones the con- Shauna launched Popdance in If you would like to join Fit-
and Natalie Lowe. The class The group has really bonded as centration, therefore keeping us in Ringsend only last September, steps, or sign up your child for the
features all of the dances from well. “We call ourselves our Fit- the present moment. And second- 2019, and since then it has got a next Popdance term you can con-
Strictly and Dancing with the steps family,” Shauna says, “be- ly, the process itself releases those great reaction from parents and tact Shauna at 0894299768. Face-
Stars such as jive, cha cha, salsa, cause we offer a constant source happy chemicals, such as dopa- kids alike. The feedback from book Shauna’s Dance Fitness. Or
tango, quickstep, and so on. It is of support and encouragement mine, that make us feel good. In the parents is that the children are Instagram shauna_dancefitness
suitable for all fitness levels as and laughter to each other.” fairness all exercise will do this, really coming out of their shells
every dance can be adapted to suit There is a social and commu- but with dancing there’s the social and they can see their confidence Left: Shauna relaxing.
different capabilities, and because nity dynamic as well, with theatre and enjoyable aspects as well. growing. For their part the kids Below: Shauna, Danielle, and
it’s solo no partners or dance ex- trips, birthday celebrations, days A new addition to the Fitsteps love being able to express them- four of the Popdance kids.
perience is needed. It’s kind of out to try other dance classes, entourage is Popdance for Kids. selves and have fun. “We place a (Photos: Shauna Tilly).
got something for everyone. and even an annual trip to Black- Popdance is a fun energetic dance big emphasis on kids supporting Above: The Fitsteps full ensemble
Shauna trained as a Fitsteps pool for the Fitsteps Christmas class for children aged between and encouraging each other and in training.
instructor in 2017, and then party in the Tower Ballroom. 3 and 11. It is a non competitive it's a lovely environment for the
So it’s not just all dancing. Last dance class designed to give the kids to be in while learning to
December, 17 of them travelled children a place to have fun, and dance.” Shauna adds.
over to Blackpool where Shauna be themselves. It provides a space We at NewsFour would like
was awarded runner-up in the Fit- where they can express them- to congratulate Shauna on her
steps Instructor of the Year award selves, learn a new skill and build award and wish the girls contin-
for Ireland; a great achievement. their confidence at the same time. ued success. At its core Fitsteps is
They also take part in a variety of There are two classes every week, a fitness class delivered through
charitable work, such as the Karl a tots class (age 3-5) and a kids dance; a rather ingenious idea.

F Dublin Hackathon: “HackFastFashion”

n Geneva Pattison account:
ebruary 13th-14th will see FastFashio1
Dogpatch Labs at Custom Ireland’s textile waste infor-
House Quay play host to join them for two days of solution- ronmental documentary ‘The True tives for the fashion and retail in- mation courtesy of the Re-dress
the “HackFastFashion” event orientated discussions, workshops Cost’ revealed that across the en- dustry in Ireland. website:
in partnership with Dublin City and eco-based learning. tire world we now use over 80 bil- Guidance and mentorship will fashion-is-finished-garment-end-
Council and Oxfam Ireland. As relayed on the event page, “a lion pieces of newly-made cloth- be provided by experts in the field of-life-solutions/
The event was created to high- major contributor to the rise of mi- ing a year, which is “400% more over two days, while you work on Further information about “The
light the negative impact that croplastics in our ocean is the fact than we were consuming just two innovative new ideas. Your final True Cost” documentary: https://
throw-away culture is truly having that the majority of our clothing decades ago.” ideas will be judged by top profes-
on the environment. The ‘hacka- and fabrics these days go straight ‘Re-dress’, the Dublin-based sionals and leaders in government, environmental-impact/
thon’ is calling all people who to the landfill after a short lifes- initiative behind Better Fashion with the chance to win prizes.
want to be able to start getting to pan.” Week, noted on their website that Tickets for the catered event Images: Landfill - wiki commons,
the bottom of these problems, to Information from the 2015 envi- every year, Ireland throws out are available from eventbrite Clothes rail - wiki commons
around 225,000 tonnes of textile costing €16.87, and the event
waste. If the majority of textiles will take place in Dogpatch
sent to landfills in Ireland were re- Labs in Custom House Quay,
cycled, this would reduce the “di- Dublin 1.
rect greenhouse gas emissions by For further information on the
over 300,000 tonnes per annum.’’ event visit the eventbrite link be-
The goal of this event is to con- low:
nect like-minded individuals to h t t p s : / / w w w. e v e n t b r i t e .
brainstorm a new startup or NGO, ie/e/hackfastfashion-tick-
that will work towards creating ets-87796059377
practical and sustainable alterna- The “HackFastFashion” twitter February / March 2020 Page 9

n David Prendeville how captured and expressed in the works
his coming month, The Gerard themselves,” said Pauline Gan in Plural
Byrne Studio will launch the Art Magazine.
modern Irish Impressionist’s first Ireland’s Ambassador to Singapore,
ever collection of lush tropical flora Patrick Bourne, added “The new works
plein air paintings from Asia. that Gerard produced during his time
The highly-anticipated Botanical Fu- as artist-in-residence at the Singapore
sion exhibition created during Gerard Gardens are extraordinary and represent
Byrne’s Artist-in-Residence at the Sin- a unique rendering of the colour and at-
gapore Botanic Gardens in Autumn 2019 mosphere of this tropical place through
has made its way to Dublin. It is curated the prism of a great Irish eye and talent.”
by The Gerard Byrne Studio, co-hosted Gerard’s painting ‘Jungle Vibes’ is
by the Singapore Botanic Gardens and now part of the permanent collection of
the Irish Embassy to Singapore, and sup- the Singapore Botanic Gardens, along
ported by the Department of Foreign Af- with many other works which hang in
fairs. numerous commercial and private col-
It was seen by over fifty thousand visi- lections worldwide. Gerard has been
tors to the Gardens as part of the com- painting for over thirty years, having
memorative celebration of the Singapore grown to become one of Ireland’s lead-
Botanic Gardens’ 160 years in existence. ing contemporary artists.
The exhibition formed part of the Gov- The exhibition ‘BOTANICAL FU-
ernment’s 2025 Asia Pacific Strategy to SION. Singapore to Dublin’ will run at
increase Ireland’s visibility in the Asia The Gerard Byrne Studio, 15 Chelmsford

Gerard Byrne Exhibition

Pacific region. With the first chance to Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6 from Friday
see the collection in the artist’s home 28th February to Sunday 29th March.
country, visitors can expect to see new It will be launched by Mr Ron Bolger,
works which show great contrast be-
tween the Singapore Botanic Gardens
and the National Botanic Garden of Ire-
to run in Ranelagh Honorary Consul General of Singapore
in Ireland on Thursday 27th February
2020. The exhibition will be open daily
land. exotic and luscious large-scale paintings. art scene, and notably featuring in art to the public and entry is free of charge.
Being encouraged to travel across the The series “captures not only what I see magazine, Art Plural, Gerard’s work has
globe to experience “a different quality but also the energy of my surroundings,’’ been recognised worldwide. “The rapid- Above: Gerard Byrne painting in
of light, strong shadows and deep col- says Byrne. ly changing light, shadows and even the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
ours” resulted in a collection of vibrant, Making his mark on the Singaporean noises and sounds around him, are some- Photo: Leon Farrell.
Page 10 HEALTH / WELLBEING February / March 2020

T Mental Health and

n Eoin Meegan profile or account, which is hard-
aking the measure of our ly surprising, and not an issue in
mental health was never itself.
more urgent than it is The danger is in the amount
today. That’s why it’s good to
see more people talking openly
about their own mental health is-
sues, considering that a growing
Ireland’s Youth of time people spend online,
and what they’re doing there. In
the survey 34% reported spend-
ing more than three hours every
number of people today have ex- a Definitive Survey day on social media (considered
perienced a mental illness of one too high), with girls being more
kind or another; be it depression, likely to be in the upper time lim-
anxiety, or loneliness. it. The report also shows a link
And it’s not only adults. In- between lower levels of self-es-
creasingly this is a problem that teem, body esteem, and personal
is spreading its tendrils into the competence among those who
lives of our younger citizens, spend longer periods online than
with 58% of adolescents in Ire- those who don’t.
land being classified as having The worrying trend is that
depression or anxiety outside the young people facing challenges
normal range. may perceive online encounters
When we drill deeper and look as a benefit and begin to substi-
at suicidal ideation we find that tute these for real social contact.
23% of adolescents have at some It is heartening to know that
stage engaged in self harming, there are positives one can take
while 41% have had thoughts away from the report too. For
about taking their own lives. Be- instance, the number of ado-
hind these figures are real people lescents who consume alcohol
and a situation that needs to be has fallen since 2012, and there
urgently addressed. is a decrease in reported bully-
The above findings come from ing. However, on the down side
My World Survey 2, a report among those who do drink many
conducted last year by Jigsaw reported problematic drinking,
(a nationwide organisation that particularly males.
works with people experiencing In addition, 15% of adoles-
mental illness), in conjunction cents said they took cannabis,
with UCD. again higher in the male popu-
The survey found that levels of lation, with many young adults
depression and anxiety had in- admitting to polysubstance use,
creased in adolescents and young that is abusing both alcohol and
adults since the first My World drugs. However, the biggest pos-
Survey, carried out in 2012, and itive was the dynamic factor that
(more worryingly) where depres- the female population, over this Level Institutes, Youthreach par- scoring significantly higher than having ‘one good friend’ made.
sion and anxiety did occur there same period. ticipants, people who presented males on anxiety and perceived Adolescents who reported hav-
was an increase in the severity. In terms of gradation the sur- with disability, and from Com- threats to personal safety, that is ing one good friend (this could
Another worrying trend is vey found that the trend at Sec- munity Training. thinking someone was watching be a parent, teacher, carer or
that a large number of females ond Level was for depression In total, over 10,000 adoles- them or following them around. anyone close to them) tended to
surveyed also had anxiety of and anxiety to rise each year cents between the ages of 12 By contrast, girls did better in perform better at school, had less
a severe kind at some time in from first year to sixth. and 19 took part, and in excess areas of social interaction. For severe depression, and expressed
their lives. By contrast, levels of The survey comprised of of 8,000 young adults under 25. example, when it came to school greater levels of confidence. No-
self-esteem, social competence, 19,000 young people from 83 Just as with adolescents, the sur- and peer connectedness females tably more girls fell into this cat-
optimism and resilience have de- randomly selected Second Level vey reveals there was a signifi- scored better than males, finding egory reinforcing the tendency,
creased, again more markedly in Schools, including some Third cant increase in severe anxiety it easier to make friends and gain shown above, of females to con-
among 18 to 25 year olds. How- social support from peers or a nect more easily.
ever, for this piece I decided to significant adult than their male We don’t really know what
concentrate on the younger age counterparts. causes depression and anxiety,
group. This shows us that despite and any explanation will vary
When it came to questions scoring higher in some areas from individual to individual,
about body esteem, resilience than boys, girls were more likely and will inevitably entail a lot of
and personal competence, males to take proactive action by way complexity. Sometimes depres-
scored significantly better than of reaching out to others. This is sion can be a response to exter-
Cycle females. The reasons are not a welcome aspect as when per- nal stimuli, but other times it is

immediately apparent but could ceived problems are talked about not and there is often no apparent
have a lot to do with boys feel- they are less likely to escalate reason.
depression ing less pressure about how
they looked, with the perception
into something worse.
In recent years independent
This is probably truer for ado-
lescents, as they transition into
among girls that they had to live research points to a link between adults, but knowing someone is
up to an unrealistic ideal, com- prolonged exposure to social me- there whom they trust and can
paring themselves to images pro- dia and depression, ADHD, and turn to makes a huge difference.
jected by the media; and perhaps other forms of mental illness. Therefore, each of us in our own
body shaming was a factor too. Over 96% of the adolescents way should strive to be that one
Girls also fared less well on questioned in My World Survey good adult to someone.
questions of personal safety, 2 reported having a social media The aim of My World Survey 2 February / March 2020 HEALTH / WELLBEING Page 11

was to profile youth mental health From this we can extrapolate esteem.
at a national level across the age the importance of communica- Jigsaw services aim to pro-
spectrum of 12 to 25 years, com- tion, and encourage adolescents, vide tailored community-based
pare that with My World Survey particularly males, to feel com- help for young people’s mental
1, and from the information seek fortable in talking about their health needs. Here in the Dublin
to influence policy that will assist problems. Centre they provide a free, non-
young people going forward. The unique approach Jigsaw judgemental and confidential
It has been reported that 75% take is that they consult young service to anyone between 12
of all mental health disorders that people on what they want and and 25 who may be experienc-
persist into adulthood emerge the kinds of services they would ing difficulties in mental health
before the age of 25 (Kessler et find helpful. This is done through or wellbeing.
al, 2007) with many going unde- their Youth Advisory Panel. To date, almost 125,000 have
tected. Therefore it is imperative The adolescents who took part attended their courses nation-
that we strive to detect mental in My World Survey 2 reported wide. Just this year Jigsaw has
illness as early as possible, and that the top three stressors in life teamed up with Lidl and the La-
to help alleviate it, as well as were school, exams and home- dies Gaelic Football Association
where possible, getting to the work (in that order), and the to launch the ‘One Good Club’
root cause. most favoured ways of dealing Youth Mental Health and Well-
Overall, the survey provides a with stress were friends, music being Programme, which will
very useful and evidence-based and sport. This gives us a clear run for ten weeks starting in
snapshot of how the nation’s indication of what specific issues April.
mental health among adolescents need to be addressed. Perhaps
and young adults has changed we could make school and ex- Jigsaw are located at 44 Es-
over the past seven years. A dis- ams less stressful and encourage sex Street East, Temple Bar,
turbing factor is that the propor- more cultural and artistic activi- Tel. 016583070. For more in-
tion of adolescents who reported ties. formation on the Lidl pro-
severe and very severe depres- Should education really be ex- gramme and to get involved
sion had almost doubled since clusively about sitting at a desk contact Nicola Forde – nico-
2012. It also shows that girls tend learning by rote? People also / (087) 205 5541
to have a greater problem with learn by participation; and art, You can read the full report at
anxiety, self image and confi- music and sport are good ways
dence, but conversely, are much of doing this, as they will facili-
better at reaching out and making tate natural interaction that will Images courtesy of Wiki
connections when needed. help build confidence and self- Commons.
Page 12 HEALTH AND WELLNESS February / March 2020

n Eoin Meegan ness community has shown
illed as Ireland’s ulti-
mate wellness, lifestyle
and fitness experience,
Time to Thrive in Dublin us that the time is right for a
comprehensive ‘all under one
roof’ event that really lets our
the Thrive Festival returns to attendees can fit as much as they talks sprinkled liberally in be- look out for. visitors explore the options and
Dublin’s Convention Centre like into their day. tween, courtesy of food experts Also appearing at Thrive will opportunities now on offer in
from Feb 29th until March 1st Yoga is a fabulous fitness tool Sinead Delahunty, Erica Drum, be Vicky Shilling and Lauren this exciting market.
next, with over 60 yoga classes, both for body and mind, and at Jeeney Maltese, Conor Spacey, Healy, collectively known as the Equinox Events’ partnership
80 talks and workshops, and Thrive you are spoilt for choice and Nichola Flood, to mention Reset. The Reset is a movement with The Convention Centre
in excess of 250 classes and with so many varieties: explore just a few. So no need to bring a created to support women in dif- really has enabled us to set a
workshops: Pack a punch with the benefits of Power Yoga, packed lunch. ferent areas of life. Just one of new benchmark for health and
Kobox (founded by Irishman Electro Flow Yoga, Vinyasa No festival of wellness would the things they do is organise wellness experiences in Ire-
Shane Collins), discover the ul- Yoga, Reformation Yoga, Ash- be complete without meditation. short breaks away for women so land; the stunning, City Centre
timate ‘party on a bike’ experi- tanga Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Kadam Adam Starr, a Buddhist they can recharge and just get a venue offers an inspiring back-
ence with Boom Cycle, or thrill Yocella Yoga, Yin Yoga, and monk who is currently the resi- break! drop to our exciting mix of cut-
to F45 Unique Functional HIIT many more. dent teacher with the Tara Kad- Unfortunately we don’t hear ting edge and more established
Training. Be amazed at the poetry and ampa Meditation Centre in Dub- enough about men’s health at health disciplines, inspirational
There’s something for eve- artfulness of these performers, lin, fills that gap. health and wellbeing gather- workshops and talks and care-
ryone here. As the promo says, or join in and see what you can Adam will provide an oasis ings, so, Milk For Tea, a social fully curated mix of wellness
“Thrive is an explorium of do. Then if yoga is not your of tranquility and inner stillness enterprise that was created to industry brands. This plus a
cutting edge fitness, cooking thing you might prefer dance. throughout the weekend event, serve the well-being and per- range of food, drink and chill-
demonstrations, yoga, medita- Dance has become a very while Sandra Lawes will be sonal development of the male out zones really does mean that
tion and engaging panel discus- popular way to integrate fitness along to provide reflexology. community, and which has the we are offering the very best
sions.” into our daily workout. Over the Among the many talks avail- support of the Prince of Wales, experience on the market for
Thrive began life as a pop up weekend you can enjoy Hip Hop able Jenny Murphy will exam- provides a welcome corrective. visitors to explore fitness, life-
festival at the Groove Festival in Dance by Donking Rongavilla, ine humans through the prism of Good to see men coming more style and wellness opportuni-
Kilruddery, Bray in 2018. Since or watch Strut Fitness do their energy beings in ‘Vibrations and to the centre in health issues. ties on offer today.”
then it has expanded exponen- exhilarating progressive work- Energy Healing’. So, why not check out Thrive
tially and now has its permanent out; alternatively you can join Not to be missed is Richie In a special message to News- and find a fitness methodology
home in Dublin’s Convention Zumba, in their mixture of low Bostock and his master classes Four readers, Equinox Events that is a match for you while
Centre, which hosts the festival and high intensity moves. on breathwork. Richie is known MD Avril Bannerton says: also having a really good time.
jointly with Equinox Events. But don’t think it’s all about as ‘the breath guy’, and believes “I’m thrilled to be bringing Thrive runs from Feb 29th
In 2019 they welcomed just tiring yourself out. There are we can attain blissful states of Thrive Festival to The Con- until March 1st, and you
over 5,000 attendees and in lots of yummy food on offer ‘no-mind’ in a very short period vention Centre for its second can book by going to https://
2020 are hoping to increase that too: ranging from The Gut Stuff of time by practicing only a few year. We’ve been watching
to 8,000 over the two-day event. to Daniel Davey’s Performance simple breathing techniques. the health and wellness mar-
Tickets start from just €25 for Nutrition and Cookery, with For those of you plagued by ket for a number of years and All images courtesy of the
a full day (9.30am-6.00pm) and cookery demonstrations and insomnia there are workshops the highly engaged Irish well- Thrive Festival.
by Tom Coleman to help with
this problem, while the Coach-
ing Circle will offer advice and
helpful information on a diverse
range of topics from nutrition to
career to lifestyle.
And new to this year’s event
is Bev Porrino. Bev is a neuro-
muscular therapist who is pas-
sionate about helping people re-
discover just how amazing their
bodies are, and how quickly
people can change both physi-
cally and emotionally; one to February / March 2020 Page 13

Five steps to stop teeth grinding

eeth grinding or clenching, also anxiety can also be an underlying factor, By learning to relax your jaw muscles, your oral health, visit www.northumber-
known as bruxism, is a common and often teeth grinding only occurs during you can help to reduce the tension that 
condition that often remains undi- times of stress such as job interviews, ex- often leads to an aching jaw or headache.
agnosed until complications arise. The good ams or moving house. Some people clench Your dentist can suggest gentle, muscle About the author
news is that your dentist can identify signs teeth while concentrating, or during physi- relaxing exercises to ease tension and dis- Dr Jennifer Collins is lead general den-
of teeth grinding during a regular check-up, cal exercise. It can also be triggered by comfort in the mouth and jaw area. tist at Northumberland Dental Care in
and can suggest appropriate treatments be- alcohol intake or from taking certain psy- 4: Orthodontic braces Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. She qualified in
fore it is too late.  chotic medications and antidepressants.” The way your jaw and teeth fit together is dentistry at University of Wales, College of
According to Dr Jennifer Collins, lead a common reason for grinding and clench- Medicine in 2004 and has been working in
general dentist at Northumberland Dental Five steps to stop teeth grinding  ing. Even at rest or asleep, your jaw sit- private practice in Dublin for over twelve
Care in Ballsbridge: “Teeth grinding can 1: Regular dental visits. ting irregularly can cramp the muscles and years. Dr Collins has a special interest in
occur throughout our lives. Although it can As you may not be aware of your teeth cause unnecessary wear and tear on your cosmetic, restorative and implant dentistry
happen at any time of day, it is most common grinding, it is important to visit your dentist teeth. If jaw misalignment is an issue, your and is fully trained in facial aesthetics.
during sleep. Many people are not aware for regular check-ups. Your dentist will rec- dentist might suggest orthodontic braces as
that they are doing it, unless their dentist or ognise signs of grinding such as worn teeth a solution to teeth grinding.  About Northumberland Dental Care
partner points it out. Common symptoms and fillings, or damaged dental crowns and 5: Relaxation techniques Northumberland Dental Care, formerly
include worn or sensitive teeth, soreness bridges. To stop stress-related grinding, both chil- The Northumberland Institute of Dental
around the jaw in the morning, headaches, 2: Use of a mouthguard.  dren and adults can benefit from regular Medicine (NIDM), was established over 25
and making a grinding sound while asleep.” If you grind your teeth, your dentist may physical exercise, a balanced diet, and re- years ago in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
recommend a custom-made mouthguard. laxation techniques such as meditation and Led by a multidisciplinary team of ex-
What causes bruxism? This is a specially fitted plastic guard that yoga. Relaxation techniques, especially be- perts, the state-of-the-art practice offers a
The cause of teeth grinding is not always fits over your top or bottom teeth. A mouth- fore bedtime, can drastically reduce teeth full range of general, cosmetic and special-
clear, but it can be linked to both physical guard is one of the most successful and grinding at night.  ist dental treatments.
and psychological factors.   cost-effective means to stop teeth grinding. Dr Jennifer Collins is lead general dentist Northumberland Dental Care is part of
As Dr Collins explains: “Some cases of It is typically worn at night but can also be at Northumberland Dental Care in Dublin the Dental Care Ireland group. For further
bruxism are due to a slight misalignment used during the day if needed.   4, part of the Dental Care Ireland group. information, visit www.northumberland-
between the top and bottom jaw. Stress and 3: Mouth exercises For further tips and advice on looking after
Page 14 VOLUNTEERING / CHARITY February / March 2020

Volunteers needed for 25 years, and available for three hours a

week, for a minimum of 18 months. Com-
prehensive training is provided to volun-

Aware support line teers in responding to different scenarios

that can arise, and so no prior qualifica-

tions or experience is required.
ware, Ireland’s national char- mental health conditions that affect our People interested in registering their
ity supporting people affected by thinking, energy, feelings and behaviour. interest to become an Aware Support
depression, bipolar disorder and While they can vary from mild to severe, Line volunteer can email Emma at re-
mood-related conditions, has launched and impact on our relationships, family or telephone 01 237
a volunteer recruitment campaign for its and work lives, it is possible to find ways 4926. Training for the next volunteer in-
Support Line. to manage the conditions, and to lead take commences on Saturday February
The Aware Support Line is a national healthy and productive lives. 22.
freephone service which operates from According to Bríd O’Meara, Aware’s Also coming up on St Patrick’s Day
10am to 10pm 365 days a year, located Director of Services, volunteers gain as Aware will once more be sponsoring the
at Aware’s HQ at 9 Upper Leeson Street, much as they give on the Support Line: annual Harbour2Harbour Walk which
Dublin 4. “Our more than 400 volunteers na- goes from Dun Laoghaire to Howth (and
The Line provides telephone support to tionwide are a crucial lifeline for people vice versa), taking in the beautiful scenic
people concerned about issues relating to impacted by depression and bipolar dis- to pathways to recovery such as other ser- Dublin Bay along the 26 km. The event
their own mood or that of a friend or fam- order. They play a key part in our work, vices and therapies. starts at 10.30 in each location, but it’s
ily member. It operates against a back- supporting people affected by stress, de- “We know from people who have vol- advisable to come early to pick up your
drop of an estimated more than 450,000 pression, bipolar disorder and mood-re- unteered for the Support Line that it is T-shirt. Walk, run or cycle at your own
people experiencing depression in Ireland lated conditions, and are passionate about hugely rewarding for them. There is a real pace and have a wonderful day. To reg-
at any one time, while there are approxi- nurturing people’s positive mental health. feelgood factor in giving something back, ister go to
mately 45,000 people here diagnosed “On our Support Line, volunteers listen while also developing their own life skills harbour2harbour-2020/
with bipolar disorder. carefully to callers, their questions, con- and talents in the process.” If you are worried about depression or
Depression and bipolar disorder are cerns and reasons for calling, so as to best Volunteers for the Support Line should bipolar disorder, please call the Aware
understand and respond. They are com- have good communication skills, includ- Support Line on Freephone 1800 80 48
passionate and non-judgemental, treat- ing being fluent in written and spoken 48.
ing people with dignity and respect, and English, and be comfortable speaking
provide information and signpost people on the phone. They will need to be over Images courtesy of Aware.

Funding and volunteering for IUSRU Mr Tilly – fundraiser extraordinaire

almost solely on a voluntary basis, with only
one paid employee engaged by the RNLI.
That is the mechanic.
Rose Michael from the RNLI Howth re-
called the last call out for them at the end of
the year. “There was a kite surfer who got his
legs tangled in the ropes. We were doing our
training exercises that suddenly became an
actual rescue on the spot.”
NewsFour also spoke with Richard Kaye
how the Recovery Unit operates.
“You cannot simply join, you will be in-
vited in. Plus, you will have to be an experi-
enced rescue diver first.” Next step: you put
the gear on and get a first try into the basin
at the Waterways. Since the visibility there is
usually too clear for the purposes of the IUS-
RU “We actually black out the visor.” After
that comes a dive into the Liffey or the river
Asked about murky conditions in waters like

n Kathrin Kobus the Liffey, Richard Kayes’s reply came with
t Poolbeg yacht Club on the last Fri- a smile, not a grin. “Murky, well that would
day in January, The RNLI and the be pleasant.” The tasks of the unit are about
IUSRU received money raised at two recovery and not rescue. So the outcome of a
charity events last autumn. Each organisation successful operation means to bring a a de-
got a cheque over €7,500. ceased person who has been missing after an
The Feilimh Drew Concert in St Patrick’s accident back to the family and bring closure.
church and the All in A row at St Patrick’s That’s why a bit of gut feeling comes in as
rowing club, had raised the funds in support. well, not every rescue diver may be up for the
Every last cent and euro that went in had been demands of a recovery diver.
counted and was duly divided between the While the rowing clubs like St.Patrick’s Since December Mr Tilly’s collection for Harold’s Cross Hospice
two organisations. and Stella Maris do their winter training and has been going strong.
Singer Lisa O’Neill the surprise guest at the participate in indoor championships, there is The Bath pub and Tesco Sandymount topped up the collection with
concert was back again to present the cheque never a time off for RNLI or the IUSRU. two cheques over €1,000 and €428 respectively.
to the RNLI. Overall, the amount raised has passed the €12,000 mark.
It is important to stress that both are run Photo: Kathrin Kobus. All money goes to support Our Lady’s Hospice. February / March 2020 LOCAL HISTORY Page 15

Shelbourne Road:
From trams to Beetles
n Dermot Carmody Irish 5 feet 3 inches gauge). annually.
he iconic, and increas- In 1893, the DSDTC, and Enter Frederick Maurice
ingly rare, rear-engined the Blackrock and Kingstown Summerford, a founder member
Volkswagen Beetle still tram companies were acquired of the Irish Motor Agents As-
catches the eye today if you by Imperial Tramway of Bris- sociation. Summerford lobbied
come across one on the 21st cen- tol and J Clifton Robinson was the then Minister for Industry
tury roads. This, despite the fact appointed managing director. and Commerce, Seán Lemass,
that it was based on a 1930s de- Robinson re-laid the line from to allow Complete Knock-down
sign by Ferdinand Porsche and Kingstown to Dalkey in the 5 (CKD) kit versions of cars to be
started mass production in post- feet 3 inches gauge to allow a imported – with much less pu-
war German in the 1940s. through service from Hadding- nitive tariffs than were imposed
But not everyone will know ton Road to Dalkey. To facilitate on pre-built foreign imports –
that this car for the people has a the electric tram service, a new for the purposes of assembling
strong historic connection with power plant and car shed was the cars in Ireland. Shelbourne Road was the first gen in Europe in 1977.
Dublin 4, and specifically with opened in Shelbourne Road on In 1933, Lemass agreed to Volkswagen to be assembled NewsFour would love to hear
Shelbourne Road in Ballsbridge, the 16th of May 1896. This tram amend the Finance Act accord- outside Germany and is on dis- from anyone who worked in the
where the first VW Beetle as- line, run latterly by the Dublin ingly and the Irish motor as- play today in the Volkswagen MDL plant on Shelbourne Road,
sembled in Ireland drove onto United Tram Company, ran until sembly industry was born. The Museum in Wolfsburg. or whose relative(s) did. We
the road seventy years ago this the last tram to Dalkey in 1949. industry was also helped by In 1950, 46 cars were assem- would particularly like to see
year. The idea of an indigenous car fixing a lower flat rate of mo- bled on the Shelbourne Road any photographs of the plant,
Since the 1890s, 162 Shel- assembly industry in Ireland tor taxation for Irish-assembled production line. Assembly of which are hard to come by!
bourne Rd. in Ballsbridge has may be strange to younger read- cars. (£16 versus £30.) Eventu- VW Beetles in Ireland had risen
had a number of functions ers, but there was indeed such a ally this led to a plethora of car to 2,155 by 1952 and produc- Above: VW Beetle headlamp.
which reflect changes in trans- thing. It was an indirect result of assembly businesses in Ireland, tion of Beetles peaked at 5,288 Image by Mike Bohan from
port in the capital city. It’s the the Economic War with Britain Ford in Cork and Brittans in in 1972. 3,000 to 4,000 Beetles Pixabay.
site of MSL Ballsbridge Motors in the 1930s. Rathmines being well-known were produced here on average Below: Volkswagen Beetle
today, but it started out as an im- In 1932, the Fianna Fáil gov- examples. And it was at Fords until production of the model (1950).
portant part of the south Dublin ernment refused to continue that the man behind the VW was discontinued by Volkswa- Source: Volkswagen Museum.
tram system and became the site paying annuities to the British Beetle assembly in Shelbourne
where the first Volkswagen car government. These payments Road, Stephen O’Flaherty first
assembled anywhere outside of stemmed from an 1890 scheme worked in the motor trade.
Germany, took place. to allow tenant farmers to buy O’Flaherty was born in Pas-
The site of the MDL Volk- out their farm from (mostly sage East in 1902 and worked in
swagen assembly plant in Shel- British) landlords. the accounts department at Ford
bourne Road had previously Few could afford this, so the in Cork in the late 1920s. He
been an important component British government paid land- then moved to McCairns Mo-
of the Dublin tram system. lords, and farmers paid the gov- tors in Dublin, rising to the po-
Dublin Southern District Tram- ernment back through annuities. sition of Secretary and General
ways Company (DSDTC) had The Irish Free state government Manager.
run the horse-drawn tram from reckoned that as British land- He left McCairn’s in 1939 to
Haddington Road to Blackrock lords had no right to the land in run Howard McGarry and Sons,
since April 1879. the first place, then the British an engineering business he’d
This later connected to government shouldn’t be paid. purchased in Townsend St. By
Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire) This sparked off a tariff war, 1946 he had developed this into
and thence to Dalkey (though with the smaller economy of a motor business called Motor
the trams couldn’t run direct, Ireland coming off worse than Distributors Ltd. (MDL). They
straight through from Hadding- the much larger British econo- assembled several marques in-
ton Road to Dalkey because the my. Imports and sales of British- cluding Adlers, Nash and Wallys
Kingstown to Dalkey line had manufactured vehicles plum- CKD cars in Townsend Street.
been built using the British 4 meted. Prior to this about 4,000 O’Flaherty acquired the Volk-
feet gauge rather than the usual vehicles were being imported swagen franchise for Ireland at
the Paris Motor Show in 1949,
signing the contract in Germany
the following year. He moved
from the Townsend Street
premises to the old tram de-
pot, now defunct following the
tram line’s closure, of course,
in Shelbourne Road and began
VW Beetle assembly in 1950.
Beetles were assembled at the
Shelbourne Rd site from 1950 to
1952, when the company moved
to a larger factory on the Naas
The first Beetle assembled at
Page 16 SOCIAL AFFAIRS / ISSUES February / March 2020

T Dublin housing stories: A portrait of the people

n Geneva Pattison
he number of homeless people in
Ireland stands at around 10,448 as
calculated by Focus Ireland, dur-
ing the week of the 18th to the 24th of
November 2019. released a report the same
month, stating that the highest aver-
age monthly rent for a one-bedroom
apartment, can be found in Dublin 4 at
€1,966. It is evident now, more than ever
that the shape of homelessness is always
changing in Ireland. However, with so
many varying experiences and increas-
ing numbers, how can all the voices of
the people affected be heard?
A new online art project called ‘Dublin
Housing Stories’, seeks to remedy this.
The project is intended to shine a light numbers of homeless people out here on Q: What are your main goals for and the effects of this are devastating.
on the individual accounts from people the streets, every night, is just unbeliev- this project? Stories have come in from people who
experiencing homelessness in its many able. A: “I would love for this project to have been moving from hotels to hubs
forms, through art and storytelling. Currently, I’m paying over €1,000 for bring awareness to the housing crisis. because nowhere will take them. They
Submissions remain anonymous, and a bedroom in a shared house with my There are a lot of people raising aware- are angry, let down and feel that they
are comprised of stories about families partner, and I realised that many of my ness, and I want to be one of the voices don’t have a voice.
being housed in hotels, adults moving friends were in similar situations. Al- in the discussion. The situation here isn’t I hope that we can begin to share these
back home with their parents, people be- though I could have it a lot worse, I don’t ok and I would love people to bear this stories and make a change here. Ireland
ing priced out by landlords and tales of think it’s ideal for anyone, as it’s very in mind when they vote on February 8th. is beautiful, but it truly is the people that
reluctant emigration due to financial ne- hard to save. I feel devastated when I see homeless make it beautiful, and we need to make
cessity. I wanted to open up a dialogue about deaths, people on HAP having awful dif- sure everyone has the dignity of having
The online platform also hopes to bring this and hear from people. Normalising ficulty securing homes, landlords raising their own space, without crippling them-
attention to the knock-on effects of ever- the situation is something I wanted to be prices and adding other costs to rent that selves financially.
increasing and competitive rents, and the careful not to do, but I did want to show is already sky-high … we need to give I really believe that change is coming.
difficult living conditions some people people how common these stories of ex- people safe places to live and to really In the meantime, we need to keep shar-
have to put up with while living in Dub- tortionate rents and competitive viewings look at the results of the way things are ing our stories and let it be known that
lin. for sub-par accommodation are, so that being done at the moment. we need change, urgently.”
NewsFour got in touch with the creator people don’t feel alone in the struggle. The young generation are frustrated To view more public submissions to
of Dublin Housing Stories, to discuss the I wanted to draw quotes over images of as the yardstick for adulthood is ‘get a Dublin Housing Stories or to make an
project itself, their goals for the project the city, and show that although Dublin is mortgage’, ‘move out’ and ‘save money’ anonymous submission, visit their insta-
and their own personal experience with beautiful, it is also very hard to live in, at but a lot of young people simply cannot gram profile below.
the housing market. the moment.” save, because they are paying rent and
are finding it incredibly difficult to se- housingstories/
Q:We are all aware that Ireland is Q: Have you considered expanding cure property. Homeless figures were collected from
currently in a severe housing crisis, this project further and showcasing it Many don’t know if they will be able the Focus Ireland website below.
but was there one specific occurrence using other mediums or through other to afford children, pets or a car. The li-
or experience that gave you the inspi- channels? on’s share of their income will be to pay hub/about-homelessness/
ration to start this art project? A: “I would love to spread the message their landlord. The yardstick is not the Rental figures are available from the
A: “I have always moved around and out and publish the pictures in a book or same now and a lot of people feel that Q3 report for 2019.
I come from a family who has always to put them around town for passersby to they have been forced to live at home
rented, so I have always been very aware see. Likewise, I would also love to turn until their thirties, in some cases, if they ons-2019q3-daftrentalprice
of how difficult it is to find somewhere to them into a large scale art piece and hang want to save for a house. There are many The National Housing Coalition and
live, particularly in Dublin. it somewhere and maybe exhibit some of who don’t have the option of living at other vital organisations can be found
I noticed that it became increasingly these stories. home.” on Twitter and Facebook to support, get
harder, not only for me but for my fam- Really, I just want people to see what information and get active in campaigns
ily too, to find accommodation. When I is happening, so that people who may not Q: What are your future hopes for with.
returned from a year abroad in the UK, I be aware of the severity can hear stories the people living in emergency accom-
began to see how much worse things had from people, and that people struggling modation? Images courtesy of Dublin Housing
become. I live in the city centre, and the can relate and feel acknowledged.” A: “Families are in hotels and hubs Stories creator. February / March 2020 Page 17
Page 18 VALENTINES February / March 2020

A Valentine’s Day guide to roses

n Geneva Pattison
he history of giving flowers as
gifts in Western culture dates back
to the 17th century, when King
Charles II of Sweden first discovered the
language of flowers during a trip to Per-
Different flowers convey different
meanings. For example, giving someone
yellow carnations indicated disappoint-
ment and giving a gift of purple hyacinths
meant you were begging for a person’s
Red roses were largely associated with
the goddess of love and passion, Aph-
rodite. According to Greek myth, rose
bushes grew upon the ground from Aph-
rodite’s fallen tears, dropping on her lover
Adonis’s blood.
Eventually, roses became the flower
most synonymous with Valentine’s day
and it is estimated that over 250 million
roses are produced every year for the
special day of romance. Traditionally,
the most popular gift to give or receive
are red, long stemmed cut roses, but does
most popular really mean they’re the best
gift? Let’s weigh in and examine some of
the alternative options for rose lovers.
day? This could be a delightful addition deeply floral and resinous fragrance, akin ing about everything from the ties be-
The colour of love to your proposal plans. to retsina wine. The Charles de Mills rose tween love and metamorphosis in the age
A bunch of roses will always be the Orange roses represent energy, passion is more suited to a planting pot, rather of Greek legend to romance in the bird
definitive go-to choice for floral Valen- and creativity. Is it you’re first Valentine’s than a bouquet. However this hardy, sun world. As mentioned in the event infor-
tine’s gifts. Nevertheless, there are still day as a couple? Show your enthusiasm loving and fragrant shrub would make an mation, the roses in the gardens won’t be
a few things you could consider before for the new relationship with these flow- excellent Valentine’s Day gift that would at their peak, in terms of appearance, so
purchasing. As previously mentioned, the ers, maybe paired with an exciting date! last year after year in a garden. it will be more of a celebration of spring
colour of a rose tells a unique story, what Peach-coloured roses represent grati- The striking floribunda rose, “Do- blooms with a romantic twist. The tour
would you like your rose to say? tude. Show your appreciation with a ten- ris Day”, is an excellent flower to use will take place from 3pm to 4pm, on the
Red roses represent beauty and ro- der, loving thank you. in bouquets. Just like the bright hair of 14th and 15th of February and tickets are
mance. A classic way to say I love you. Lavender roses mean love at first sight. the much-loved actress who inspired its €5.
Pink roses convey gentle sweetness and Have you known this person for a while name, its bright yellow colour will bring For further information about the
admiration. These would offer a heartfelt and Valentine’s day is your first official a ray of sunshine into anyone’s life and its Botanic Gardens event, visit http://
reminder to your loved one that you truly date? Tell them that you knew from the fragrance has been likened to spiced fruit.
cherish their kindness. get go that they were that special some- If you are buying a potted “Doris Day” tour-budding-romance-2/?instance_
Yellow roses mean cheer, warmth and one. rose, a wonderful aspect of this flower is id=4265
the joy a person brings to your life. Per- that it is disease resistant. Tickets cost €5 per person, book on-
fect for romantic partners, family mem- A rose by any other name would smell Paradise roses are a most unusual vari- line through the link below
bers or friends. Let them know how much as sweet ety of flowers. Although it is classed as a
happiness they bring to you. Scent is another key factor in selecting hybrid tea rose with a discreet scent, its tines-day-guided-tourblooming-ro-
White roses convey purity remem- both cut and potted roses. Traditionally, colour combination is rather striking and mance-tickets-72928688671
brance and new beginnings. White roses the beautiful fragrance associated with certainly deserving of attention. It con-
are also a traditional wedding symbol for this flower is most commonly attributed sists of dark green stems with predomi- Images: Charles de Mills rose/ Doris
true love, known as the “bridal rose”. Are to the classic English rose. However, nantly lavender-coloured petals, with Day rose/ Paradise rose. Images courtesy
you thinking of proposing on Valentine’s there are many other interesting varieties blushed edges of vibrant fuschia. Wiki Commons,
of roses that have complex and subtly in- The colour variegation is induced when
tricate notes of aroma. the flower is growing in a hotter climate,
The old French gallica rose, “Charles de but too much direct sun can cause the pet-
Mills,” has a deep magenta colour, with a als to burn. Much like the Doris Day rose,
petal structure resembling that of a peony. this plant also has disease resistant foli-
It is primarily famed for the richness of its age.
scent. The 17th century Philosopher, Sir
Francis Bacon, wrote on the topic of this Botanic Gardens: Budding romance
rose. He noted that “They are fast flow- The Botanic Gardens are offering an al-
ers of their smells.” In other words, the ternative ‘date’ idea for lovers of nature,
petals are retentive of scented oil, which that’s if you’ve completely had enough
of course makes them ideal for potpourri of roses, in the shape of their guided
and for flavouring wines, preserves and “Budding Romance” tour. It will involve
confectionery. Charles de Mills has a a stroll around the gardens, while learn- February / March 2020 EVENTS ROUNDUP Page 19

St Patrick’s Day Where We Live 2020


Fest 2020
sociation with St Patrick’s
Festival will present “stories
from the city, told in the heart
of town” from the 11th-21st

n Geneva Pattison Dublin’s Richie Egan (Jape) in of March in the Project Arts
he line-up for the St Christ Church Cathedral for a Centre.
Patrick’s Day Festival night of cross-celtic, electro-
is finally here, and con- folk musical splendour on the Ballad Tours with Seán
sists of five days and nights of 13th of March with doors at Fitzgerald
culture, ceol agus craic for all. 7:45pm Musician and storyteller
Prepare your dancing shoes and Seán Fitzgerald will be “pro-
your walking boots (that’s right) SEODA: A Celtic Collabora- moting social history though
because here’s a handy guide tion song” by leading musical sto-
to the events to look forward to The Breath and Brìgh- rytelling tours around Dub-
this March. de Chaimbeul with Aidan lin City in various locations.
O’Rourke. People can look forward to a
Hidden Agenda and St Pat- The Pepper Canister church fully interactive experience
rick’s Festival present will play host to an evening of surrounding the theme of Irish
Festival After Dark : Jessy contemporary celtic-folk and Music and Dublin.
Lanza + support TBA. alt-folk music celebrating the This event will be running
Canadian vocalist, producer link with our Scottish neigh- from the 14th-16th of March,
and DJ Jessy Lanza will be tear- bours on March 14th, with with a choice of tours at 12pm
ing up the dance floor of Lost doors at 7:30pm. or 3pm on those dates.
Lane on Grafton St. on the 13th All of these events are all
of March from 11pm. This is How we Fly and Iarla ticketed, so be sure to check
Ó Lionáird out the official St Patrick’s
SEODA: A Celtic Collabora- The contemporary folk band Lisa Hannigan Sings Pomes the poetry of James Joyce Day Festival website for book-
tion ‘This is How we Fly’ will be de- Penyeach + Guests from his final book of poems, ing and further information.
Gruff Rhys and Richard Egan buting their Solstice Art Centre Critically acclaimed Irish ‘Pomes Penyeach’. This world http://www.stpatricksfesti-
Welshman Gruff Rhys (Su- Commision of an entirely new Singer/Songwriter Lisa Han- premiere will take place on
per Furry Animals, Neon Neon) cycle of songs in Liberty Hall on nigan will be performing a March 16th at 8pm in the Na-
will be performing alongside March 15th with doors at 7:30pm. uniquely modern version of tional Concert Hall. Pictured: Lisa Hannigan.
Page 20 GENERAL ELECTION 2020 February / March 2020

NEWSfour’s guide to General Election

Sarah Durcan – Social Democrats Jim O’Callaghan – Fianna Fáil
Sarah is the Associate Director of Science Jim has been a TD since 2016 and is cur-
Gallery International, bringing science, art, rently Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Jus-
technology and design together to deliver a tice and Equality. As opposition spokes-
world-class educational and cultural experi- person he drafted and secured cross
ence for young people. Her background is party support for his Parole Bill, which
in theatre, having served on the board of the was passed by the Oireachtas. The Bill
Abbey Theatre, and she was a lead organ- gives victims of crime and their families
iser of #WakingTheFeminists campaign to the right to be heard during the parole
achieve gender equality in Irish theatre. She process. The Oireachtas also passed his
was a candidate in last year’s local elections. proposals to expand the powers of the
The Social Democrats are a relatively new Criminal Assets Bureau into law. A keen
party, launched in 2015 by three independ- cyclist, he advocates the extension of cy-
ent TDs, Roisin Shortall, Catherine Mur- cling infrastructure in Dublin.
phy, and Stephen Donnelly. Donnelly later On health Fianna Fáil promises to cre-
defected to Fianna Fail. The party adopted ate 2,600 additional hospital beds (same
the Nordic model of social democracy. Their as FG) and to significantly increase
core tenets are for a more inclusive society, The Social Democrats have made univer- home care support hours to alleviate de- and 66.
transparency in government, and support for sal access to affordable housing a priority. layed discharges, as well as recruiting On climate Fianna Fáil also says it is
SMEs In May 2017 the party published the Urban 1,000 extra consultants and 4,000 extra committed to reaching a 70 percent tar-
Sláintecare is the original brainchild of the Regeneration and Housing Bill to eliminate nursing staff over five years. get for renewable electricity by 2030
Social Democrats, now widely adopted by loopholes to the vacant site levy and increase The party also says it will create (same as FG). The party says it’s com-
all parties. It is a fully costed plan for a uni- penalties for developers engaged in land 200,000 new homes by 2025, as well mitted to raising carbon tax to €80 per
versal, single-tier public health service that hoarding. In January 2018 they called for a as an extra 50,000 social and affordable tonne by 2030 and undertake the retro-
would join up health and social care. It aims nationwide rent freeze. homes. They declare they will increase fitting of homes with funding of €200
to promote homecare and reduce prescrip- Sarah believes it’s time for a new era of homeless funding to €250 million, and million. It would establish a €5 million
tion charges, improved funding for mental grown-up politics that deliver a better qual- increase rent supplement levels by 10 trees in towns fund for local authorities,
health, including counselling, community ity of life for all citizens. One where we can percent. and allow local authorities to launch car-
programmes, and adult mental health teams. re-imagine politics as true public service, They promise an extra €5 a year in free days in specified parts of their area.
It was developed as the result of a cross-Par- service for inclusive progress and prosperity, the state pension over five years (same It would also ban diesel cars from Irish
ty Oireachtas Committee chaired by Roisin that respects everyone’s dignity and right to as FG) and will introduce a transition cities from 2030, with the aim of a com-
Shortall. thrive throughout their life. pension in the interim for people aged 65 plete removal of fossil fuel cars by 2035.

Cllr Chris Andrews – Sinn Féin Kevin Humphreys – Labour

Chris served as a TD between 2007 and Kevin was a TD in the Fine Gael-La-
2011 for the Fianna Fáil party. During bour coalition from 2011 until 2016. He
that term he was Convenor of the Finance served as Minister of State for Employ-
Committee, and also sat on the Trade, En- ment, Community and Social Protection
terprise and Employment Committee, and from 2014 to 2016. He was Convenor of
the European Scrutiny Committee. He the Oireachtas Finance Committee, Pub-
campaigned on behalf of the Palestinian lic Expenditure and Reform, and secured
people, personally taking part in a flotilla reforms to the Freedom of Information
to try to bring aid to the people of Gaza. Act. He was also active on establish-
After losing his Dáil seat in the Fianna ing an Independent Advisory Council
Fáil meltdown of 2011 he left the party a on Climate Change. He first became
year later citing disillusionment with the a county councillor in 1999, and was
lack of leadership as the reason and joined elected again 2004 and 2009, topping
Sinn Féin. the poll, both times. One of the things he
Chris is currently a councillor for the worked for was the Dublin bike scheme.
South East Inner City ward. He is in- He also served as Deputy Lord Mayor
volved in community development work ry health and social care services for all, in 2009. Kevin campaigned against the charges. The party wants to see an annu-
with residents’ associations, environmen- and to recruit 6,600 additional frontline original 8th amendment in 1983, and has al social welfare increase of a minimum
tal groups, charities and local community healthcare workers. They call for an end been a keen advocate of minority causes. €5 per week every year in all social wel-
projects focused on homelessness and to public subsidies for private healthcare. Since 2016 he has been a member of the fare payments.
mental health. Chris was central in setting On housing they promise to build Seanad. On housing they want public land to
up the Ringsend/Irishtown Darkness into 100,000 public homes on public land; in- Labour want to end the two-tier health be made available for social and afford-
Light Walk which in two years has raised cluding 60,000 social homes. They would system that exists in this country. They able housing, including schemes of af-
over €200,000 for Pieta House and sui- also take emergency action to address the promise to deliver Universal Health fordable home ownership. They want
cide awareness. rental crisis by reducing rents by up to Care by creating a new National Com- to replace the Housing Agency and the
Sinn Féin, (an all island party) call for €1,500 a year with a refundable tax credit, munity Health Service – a public prima- Housing Finance Agency with a new
a new universal public health system for alongside introducing a three-year freeze ry care system where access is free to all. single national State agency, called the
Ireland that provides care to all, free at on all existing and new rents. They are They also want to extend free GP care National Housing Development Bank,
the point of delivery. They want to end also calling for a referendum to enshrine to those under 18, followed by the rest which is to be given the powers, the
the two- tier system and replace it with the right of housing into the constitution, of the population by 2021 at the latest, land, the expertise and the money to de-
comprehensive community-based prima- and to target long-term homelessness. and reduce drug costs and prescription liver housing now. February / March 2020 GENERAL ELECTION 2020 Page 21

Local candidates
Also running in the Dublin Bay South constituency are Jacqui Gilbourne (Renua) and Independents
Mannix Flynn, John Dominic Keigher, Peter Dooley, Sean O’Leary, Ben Scallan and Norma Burke.
Visit party sites, read policies, research previous actions/legislation/Dáil voting records on issues before voting on Feb 8th.

Eoghan Murphy – Fine Gael Kate O’Connell – Fine Gael

Eoghan is the current Minister for Hous- Kate was elected for the first time
ing, Planning and Local Government, a to the Dáil in 2016, taking Lucinda
position he’s held since 2017. In his Ur- Creighton’s former seat for Fine Gael.
ban Development and Building Heights: Originally from Kilbeggan, County
Guidelines for Planning Authorities Westmeath, she now lives in Rathgar
(2018) plan he called for councils to lift where she runs a successful pharmacy
‘overly restrictive maximum heights.’ practice.
The measure is not without its merits as Fine Gael has promised 2,600 addi-
it is an attempt to check urban sprawl, tional hospital beds (same as FF) along
but it also means local councillors can with 3,840 new primary care work-
no longer impose building height rules ers with 1,000 in place by the end of
in city and county development plans, the year. It says it would extend free
and could mean Dublin will lose its sta- GP care to all children under 16, and
tus as a low-density city. reduce the drug payment scheme to a
Murphy has been heavily criticised maximum of €75 a month. The party
for inaction in relation to housing and says it will recruit 5,000 nursing staff
that homelessness has grown under his Laoghaire, and recently given the green over the next five years, as well as Féin’s recent bill to freeze rents.
watch. He defends his record, includ- light by An Bord Pleanála, has been 1,000 new consultants over ten years They plan to raise the carbon tax
ing €400m spending on HAP payments described by some as Dickensian, with (same as FF). (currently €26 per tonne) over 10 years
rather than implementing adequate fund- rooms compared to bedsits. Last De- They also promise to raise the state by €6 each year with this raise ring-
ing for local authorities to build public cember a motion of no confidence in the pension by €5 a year and introduce a fenced and invested in climate action,
housing. Minister tabled by the Social Democrats State transition pension for those re- and to increase renewable electricity to
However, the one kind of housing was only narrowly defeated by three tiring at 66 (same as FF), and a State 70 percent by 2030 (same as FF). They
model he seems to favour is the ‘co- votes. pathway pension for those retiring at want to increase the current level of
living’ model; a small private en-suite However, despite this, the Minister and 65, while eliminating the need to sign retrofitting of homes tenfold, and in-
room with shared communal spaces. Fine Gael are confident they can deliver on and be actively seeking work. crease the take up of electric vehicles.
Such units may suit short-term mobile 35,000 - 40,000 new homes every year They promise to introduce legislation There are identical similarities in
residents, but with rents ranging from for the next five years. And they promise to provide for tenancies of a long-term the policies and promises that both Fi-
€1200 to €1500 a month they are hard- to expand the Help to Buy scheme, aided or indefinite duration, which would anna Fáil and Fine Gael are making,
ly a solution to the housing crisis. The with the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan, give renters greater long-term security, although the parties differ in some re-
five-floor complex earmarked for Dún in a bid to help more first-time buyers. but it must be noted they opposed Sinn spects, particularly their tax proposals.

Eamon Ryan – Green Party/Comhaontas Glas Annette Mooney – S-People Before Profit
Eamon has been leader of the Green party since Annette is a member of People Before
2011 and a TD for Dublin Bay South since 2016. Profit, a political movement that grew
He was first elected to the Dáil in the 2002 elec- out of frustration at the perceived con-
tion and was the Green party’s spokesperson on centration of wealth in the hands of a
Transport, Enterprise, Trade and Employment; few, and widespread inequality. She
and Communications, Marine and Natural Re- narrowly lost her council seat last year
sources. From 2007 until 2011 he was Minister to Mannix Flynn, and is running now
for Communications, Energy, and Natural Re- for a Dáil seat. It will be Annette’s sec-
sources in the Fianna Fáil-Greens government ond time to run for the Dáil. She was
which ended with the economic collapse and the coordinator of the Together for Yes
the bailout. He did much to promote green ener- campaign, which delivered the larg-
gy and the use of wind power doubled in Ireland est yes vote in the country for Repeal.
during this period. He was criticised by some en- She campaigned successfully for the
vironmental activists for supporting, along with Irish Glass Bottle social and afford-
the government, the Shell to Sea programme in able housing, and has been a consist-
County Mayo, which he had actively opposed ent campaigner for rent controls. She
before the Greens entered government. also want to empower renters by paying rent worked as a community nurse before ties, and an end to big land develop-
The Greens (an all island party) believe in a supplement in advance, and legislate to end the becoming a secondary school teacher, ers buying up sites and then sitting on
single-tier health system that gives universal ac- sale of property as a reason for ending a lease. and if elected she promises only to them. She also wants to see an expan-
cess based on need. They want to boost primary The Green Party have 40 years expertise take the average wage. sion of homeless shelters and an end
care facilities, putting the patient at the heart of on the environment and have led many of the To protect the less well-off Annette to the degrading practice where home-
the healthcare system, as well as giving people current small changes implemented. They be- and PBP want to bring about strict rent less people have to ring every day at a
access to their medical records. Innovate in edu- lieve that Ireland must lead the way in the fight controls, and a situation where rental certain time to see if they can secure
cation, agriculture and economy. against climate change with system change. increases can only be linked to a rise in a bed.
In their manifesto they set out an ambitious They demand Ireland implement fully the UN’s the Consumer Price Index. Also PBP She would like to reverse the 300
plan to provide affordable housing for all, new Sustainable Development Goals, retrofit build- argue that tenants must be given secu- buses cut from Dublin Bus that the Fi-
public housing founded on the Vienna model, ings for energy efficiency, and transition to a rity of tenure, and where a building is anna Fail-Green government brought
a cost-rental housing model, where tenants pay 100 percent decarbonised power system, while sold off the tenants be allowed to keep in, move to a €1 fare and gradually to
the construction and maintenance costs, not the ending reliance on fossil fuels completely. They their homes (same as GP). free buses. She’s calling for more cy-
market rate and homeownership at a cost equal are opposed to fracking and demand a total ban She would like to see more compul- cle lanes with soft barriers, as well as
to no more than 30 percent of net income. They on further exploration or drilling. sory purchase orders on vacant proper- a move to renewable energy.
Page 22 BOOK REVIEW February / March 2020

Recovering Sadly, a hip injury forced him out of contention for

that World Cup and ultimately forced him to retire at
the age of 24. Sadlier points to a picture that was taken
with him and the rest of the Ireland squad before the
by Richie Sadlier one friendly he played for his country, how this haunt-
ed him for years, thinking about what could have been
and how he didn’t deserve to be in the picture with all

n David Prendeville the others.
ichie Sadlier’s new autobiography is a serious- He now looks back on it and remembers how much
minded, unflinching and often harrowing ac- he enjoyed the day and how he let go of all those nega-
count of his journey from childhood in Dublin, tive thoughts that used to dog his mind.
to the realisation of his dreams of playing football pro- Sadlier paints a stark picture of what it’s like to lose,
fessionally with Millwall, to early retirement forced not only your career, but all that you’ve dreamt of from
upon him through injury. such a young age. His accounts of his own mental state
He goes on to talk about the difficulties this posed, and also the depiction of coming up through the ranks
his addiction problems, his crippling self-doubt and ul- at Millwall, paint a different picture of what it’s like
timately his recovery. He now works as a psychothera- being a professional footballer.
pist, alongside his role as an analyst for RTE. This is, for the most part, very much a non-glamor-
Sadlier pulls no punches and speaks openly and hon- ous story and it can be quite a tough read at times. The
estly about his own mental health, his familial rela- dressing room here is painted as a place rife with toxic
tions and the low moments he’s been in. Throughout masculinity and poor role models. Sadlier is, however,
the book he comes across as an intelligent, thoughtful keen to illustrate that, despite some of the negative as-
man, dogged by low self-esteem and self-doubt. It is pects, he still loved being a footballer more than any-
not the standard image one has of professional soccer thing else.
players. There’s a lot of sadness and trauma in here but it’s
While Sadlier details his various excesses in the dark a book that’s also infused with hope. Sadlier would
years, never does this become a story of salaciousness eventually realise that psychotherapy was a calling
and celebrity scandal and nor does it become a moral- every bit as fulfilling as football to him.
ity tale. While Sadlier talks about how hard he was on wisdom and help as many people as he can. An important, insightful and engaging book. Highly
himself when he was a younger man, by the end of the Sadlier started his career in Ireland before moving recommended.
book he’s keen to point how he now is more under- to Millwall at a young age. He blossomed into a very Recovering by Richie Sadlier published by Gill
standing of his younger self and less quick to judge promising young striker, being the top scorer in the old Books RRP: €22.99. Available at Books on The
him. Division One for much of the 2001/2002 season. This Green and all other bookshops.
The book comes across as written by a wise person, prompted a call-up to the Irish squad in the build-up to
who’s still learning, and who wants to impart as much the 2002 World Cup. Photo courtesy of Gill Books.

1) Stormy (11)
The NewsFour Crossword 6) Writing fluid (3) Solutions for
dec 2019/ jan 2020
8) Son of Deadalus (6)
Compiled by Gemma Byrne 9) One who makes a suggestion Crossword
(on bended knee?) (8)
10) Plain but practical (11) Across:
11) Red as Gaeilge (3)
12) Ovum (3) 1) Terrible Twos; 8) Inclement;
13) A young porker (6) 9) Rouge; 10) Directionless; 13)
15) Fall behind (3) Tier; 14) Nee; 15) Begrudger; 16)
17) Landlocked country in East Africa (6) TNT; 17) Bass; 19) Braise; 22)
18) Coloured permanently (4)
Skyr; 24) Udder; 25) Ciphers; 26)
19) Sign/Prompt (3)
20) Shrub with a purple flower (5) Equip; 28) Delusional; 29) Adage.
23) Suppress (6)
25) Command a canine to stay close (4) Down:
26) Plato thought that every man should be 1) Tried and Tested; 2) Recur-
given this (3)
27) Springs back in fright or disgust (7) rent; 3) Ice Ice Baby; 4) Leering;
28) A type of wool (6) 5) Titanium; 6) Shop Steward; 7)
29) Remittance in advance (10) Digs; 11) Sir; 12) Grime; 18) Sub-
30) Bashful (3) plot; 20) Seeking; 21) Leeway;
23) Yield; 24) Use; 25) Cusp; 27)
1) One of the valves in the heart (9) QED.
2) Of no importance (11)
3) Knowledgeable (7) Prize of €25 book token. Post
4) Without equal (12) entries to NewsFour, 13A Fit-
5) Lying face upwards (6) zwilliam Street, Ringsend, Dub-
6) A mutineer or rebel (9)
7) 80’s hit for Culture Club (5, 9) lin 4 by 20th March 2020.
Name:…………………………… Telephone:………………… 14) With diplomacy (9)
16) Seabird (9) The winner of our Dec/Jan
21) Sell lots of records to make your way up crossword competition is Ulick
these maps (6)
Address:………………………………………………………… Corkery, Ballinteer, Dublin 16.
22) Maple or golden (5)
24) A group or military unit (5) February / March 2020 CULTURE / LITERATURE Page 23

Conversations in Singapore
important questions as lives; so awareness is
much from the reader the first step to awaken-
as from Michael him- ing. “Your self-image
self. The device fur- and level of success
ther serves to remove are always equal,” she
the attention from the says, and in order to
author, thus avoiding be successful you must
preachiness. first change your self-
Conversations in image, and then raise
Singapore is a hy- your comfort-zone.
brid of road book and A short book, but one
philosophical inquiry. which you will return
Michael sets out on a to many times. I like it,
journey, a physical as not because of the an-
well as a spiritual and swers it withholds, but
metaphysical one, that for the important ques-
takes him from Lon- tions it raises.
don to Sydney along Conversations in
the Silk Road, with Singapore: Search-
a bunch of travelnics ing for True Success
who call themselves ‘the Vil- fallacy of self-image. She says: on the Silk Road One Ques-
lage’. Mingled with the phil- “Your self-image makes you tion at a Time, by Michael E.
osophical excursions are a act like you, Michael. It keeps Daly is published by Liberties
healthy sprinkling of wisdom you within your comfort-zone.” Press and is available in Book
and banter from the Village; Which means it keeps you lim- on The Green and on Amazon
shades of Kerouac and Robert ited, often unconsciously so. at €7.
Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Mo- We all walk around with a set
torcycle Maintenance) abound. image of ourselves, and upon Above: Michael Daly.
Thinking of going to Singa- that, whether it is healthy or Book cover supplied courtesy of

n Eoin Meegan To assist him in his quest to pore soon? Well, even if the weak, proceed to construct our Michael Daly.
n ‘Conversations in Singa- find the meaning of true suc- mood takes you it’s probably
pore: Searching for True cess, Michael engages in a advisable not to be in too much
Success on the Silk Road kind of Socratic dialogue with of a rush to find the enigmatic
One Question at a Time’ Mi- a young lady by the name of Hotel Falah, which we’re told
chael Daly sets out to answer Parandin, a waitress and the was itself established to dis-
the question, what is the mean- daughter of the owner of the cover what true success is (the
ing of true success? Hotel Falah in Singapore. By word falah by the way means
This may seem innocuous asking him a series of penetrat- ‘success’ in Arabic). In all like-
enough, but finding a satisfac- ing questions, usually over cof- lihood you won’t find it. Ap-
tory answer can be more chal- fee or dinner, a picture of what parently they’re not actively
lenging than the question’s true success is slowly begins to seeking guests!
beguiling simplicity would at emerge. Is there a main theme you
first suggest. We might prof- It’s all rather subtle. This sys- can take away from Conversa-
fer: material blessings, earning tem of eliciting an answer that tions in Singapore? On the one
a lot of money, love, family, a is already there, but hidden, is hand, much like other books
good job, and so on. And while steeped in an ancient tradition. in this category, yes: look in-
all these are very worthwhile, Socrates called it midwifery, side for real wisdom, cultivate
do any of them, in themselves, whereby one gives birth to the gratitude, follow your own star
offer an absolute on success? truth by means of uncovering and don’t be dissuaded by the
Just as an experiment, take a all the falsehoods that seek to opinions of others, or the world
minute and see if you can an- cover it up; all the time aware at large. On the other hand no:
swer what true success is for that the person already has the Conversations in Singapore re-
you? Maybe it wasn’t as easy answers within them. Some to- sists giving you the answers, as
as you thought. day might call it psychoanaly- so many self-help books feel it
This is Michael’s second sis. Or life coaching. is almost their duty to do.
book. He is already the author Parandin’s motto is: “Know In some ways this book
of the critically-acclaimed ‘The the way and go the way.” She doesn’t pretend to have the an-
Six Traits of Self-Leadership: encourages Michael to seek swers. It elucidates the ques-
How to Create a Life of Suc- true success, and then write tion, and gently encourages you
cess and Happiness’, published about this, and make it his leg- to find the answer in yourself,
in 2014. He is a speaker who acy. Which, I suppose, is what which as all those other books
has led workshops both here he did. The book is in the tradi- say, is where real wisdom re-
and throughout Europe on per- tion of Paulo Coelho or Carlos sides. After all, true success is
sonal development and goal- Castaneda with Parandin play- a subjective matter, and the an-
setting. He has worked in a va- ing the role of the Yaqui Indian swer will be very different for
riety of jobs, including health Don Juan. And I think here the each reader. Often there may be
care and as an entrepreneur; as conceit works very well as it more than one answer.
well as training as a monk. facilitates eliciting answers to Parandin reminds us of the
Page 24 DCC NOTES February / March 2020

The DCC South East Area Commit- What Happens To Abandoned

tee (SEAC) met on January 13th Bikes?
with Cllr Dermot Lacey (LAB) in Cllr Anne Feeney (FG) raised an inter-
the chair. esting point when she asked what hap-
pens to abandoned bikes when removed
Docklands Visitor Experience De- by the council. For the council, Domi-
velopment Plan nic Hession responded saying there
Ms Caroline O’Keefe from Fáilte were 397 abandoned bikes removed
Ireland gave a presentation on the last year. Bikes identified as possibly
Docklands Visitor Experience De- abandoned are tagged, giving the owner
velopment Plan. Ms O’Keefe told two weeks to retrieve them. After that
the committee that Fáilte Ireland has they’re scheduled for removal. After a
spent the last 18 months consulting month in storage the bikes are handed
with stakeholders in the area and is to a bicycle shop which takes what parts
about to move into a period of pub- they can from them. In a batch of 30 or
lic consultation on environmental as- 40 such bikes there are a few that can
pects of the development plan. be refurbished. The council agrees a

DCC Notes
She said the Docklands Visitor Ex- price with the bike shop for these and
perience Development is a five-year the money goes to charity. None of the
plan to drive visitors and increased bikes go to landfill anymore. All are re-
revenue to the area and is the first of used or scrapped, making this a green
its kind in Dublin. Visitors canvassed Compiled by Dermot Carmody solution.
by Fáilte Ireland wanted a further
experience beyond the existing at- Motions
traction of the EPIC museum and in A motion from Cllr Lacey (Lab)
particular wanted to “engage with the sought a report from the Manager on
water”. might have a share of increased tour- Tower in Sandymount, which could what options Dublin City Council is
Ms O’Keefe highlighted the exam- ism revenues. be part of a tourist trail. considering in relation to the former
ple of the Norman Way in Wexford Cllr Mary Freehil (Lab) regret- public toilets site at the junction of An-
and New Ross, where development ted that since the abolition of Dub- Matters Arising From Traffic Ad- glesea Road, Ballsbridge and discusses
of new visitor experiences had led to lin Tourism, which had City Council visory Group Meeting On Dec 12, what options councillors consider might
a 10% increase in visitors to the at- representatives taking part, there was 2019 be suitable. Cllr Lacey saw no reason
tractions involved, and emphasised no democratic element to the develop- Cllr Lacey asked Neil O’Donoghue, why public toilets could not be reinstat-
the importance of all stakeholders in ment of tourism or consultation with Executive Area Engineer when the ed on the site, given the large number
the area working together to “get your the council when developing tourism council might expect to hear from a of people attending events nearby at the
message across.” policy. focus group meeting promised in rela- RDS and The Aviva Stadium. Cllr Flynn
She used the visit of two imaginary Cllr James Geoghegan (FG) asked tion to traffic safety issues relating to (Ind) suggested this was a good site for
US tourists to Dublin Docklands in if the proposed whitewater rafting fa- St. Conleth’s School in Clyde Road. a commemorative public statute, citing
2022 to illustrate where the devel- cility in Georges Dock was part of the This relates to a written reply from Mr the example of Dr Noel Browne as a
opment of the visitor experience in development plan. Ms O’Connell said O’Donoghue to a question put to him candidate for such a statue. This motion
Docklands could go, with visits to the whitewater rafting facility is in on behalf of Donnybrook Tidy Towns and another to have bike parking facili-
the Customs House, the planned food the plans to “animate the area.” highlighting the need for a number of ties installed to facilitate people using
market in CHQ and over the river to Cllr Kevin Donoghue (Lab) wel- enhancements to road safety around The Hive in Herbert park were adopted.
the enhanced tour experience run by comed the presentation, but said he’d St Conleth’s, particularly at drop off The final motion, proposed by Cllr
Windmill Lane in Ringsend. like to see more emphasis on the “rich and pick up times. Mr O’Donoghue Danny Byrne (FG) called on the coun-
Throughout the presentation Ms working class history” of Ringsend in said it was likely to be March before cil to comply with the law in relation
O’Connell emphasised the importance particular, which he said had suffered the outcome from the focus group and to regulating properties being let on
of developing a narrative for the area from a process of gentrification. engagement with the council on that websites such as Airbnb contrary to
combining the local and maritime his- Cllr Flynn (Ind) said development outcome. legislation. Cllr Byrne pointed out that
tory and the present-day identity of in Docklands needs to be re-aligned there are currently three extra Airbnb
the area as a place of business and back into the city. He questioned the Cambridge Road & Library Square, properties a week being advertised de-
technology innovation. use of the term “Docklands Experi- Ringsend spite this legislation, and that the target
Commenting after the presentation ence” and said that the local com- Cllr Claire Byrne (GP) asked about of reducing these by a thousand a year
Cllr Deirdre Conroy (FF) said that munity has not really been engaged the time-frame for development of would mean it would be five years be-
Docklands “desperately needs more and that the area closes down at night Cambridge Road and Library Square fore all non-compliant properties were
tourism.” She highlighted the prob- because of the prevalence of offices. in Ringsend. Senior Executive Officer, eliminated, at a time when such proper-
lem of increased traffic issues there He said “If you cannot keep the work- Brian Hanney said that there is work ties were needed on the Dublin rental
as a result of multi-storey develop- force, who are in their tens of thou- to be done in relation to Part A Plan- market.
ments with underground car parking sands there after after five o’cock, ning for Cambridge Road and Library Cllr Costelloe (GP) said that Airbnb
and of the need for DCC to be aware you are finished.” Square redevelopment and that it is landlords should be paying rates, and
of the sterility and dearth of activity Cllr Lacey agreed with Cllrs Dunne hoped to get to the Part A Planning that it was wrong to censure the Coun-
at ground floor level in any new de- and Freehill on the need for a bed stage as early as possible and council- cil rather than Airbnb. Cllr Freehill and
velopment in the area. night tax to help fund spending on in- lors will be kept advised. Mr Hanney others supported this point and criti-
Cllr Pat Dunne (United Left) wel- frastructure and maintenance by the said that, at a meeting last year, local cised the regulation of Airbnb by the
comed efforts to increase tourism council. Picking up on Cllr Donghue’s businesses in Library Square raised the government.
but made the point that, while DCC comments, he pointed out there is “a issue of retaining parking outside their
contributes to infrastructural develop- huge body of material” already gath- premises. He believed there was now Above: The iconic public toilets built
ment in Dublin, DCC does not itself ered by Terry Fagan and the Dock- a solution which will be acceptable to in 1943 which were demolished in
receive any increased revenue from an lands Folklore Museum which should people in Ringsend and hoped to enter 2014 after 70 years, with promises of
increase in tourism visitors. He asked be harnessed. He also mentioned public consultation with them as soon the site at that time remaining at the
that Fáilte Ireland work with DCC to unused structures such as the power as possible. Very important for the heart heart of the community.
look for ways in which the Council station in Ringsend and the Martello of Ringsend. Photo: NewsFour archive. February / March 2020 EVENTS ROUNDUP Page 25

Sarah Boissier are working

on the more eco-friendly cot-
ton fabric-based clothing bag
to prevent microplastic used
in synthetic fibres from es-
caping into the ground water
while doing the laundry. They
are still working on the bag
and haven’t tested it yet in the
washing machine.
Harper Walsh and Arlo Daly
focussed on ‘The environmen-
tal impact of solar energy’, or

n Kathrin Kobus Physical and Mathematical rather the impact that the ma- taken inspiration for coming perimental analysis to the Irish
he RDS was packed Sciences; Technology; and terials and substances used in years, seeing first-hand how Longitudinal Study on Age-
again for three days Biological and Ecological Sci- solar panels can have when high the standards are set for ing’.
from the 9th-11th Janu- ences and secondly to agree coming in contact with soil awards and honorary mentions. The winners are going to
ary. Over 1,000 students repre- upon the overall winner(s). and how it impedes or hinders This year the duo Cormac represent Ireland at the Euro-
sented 244 schools of Ireland Dublin 4 secondary schools plant growth. Harris and Alan O’Sullivan, pean Union Contest for Young
at the 56th BT Young Scientist rather took a step back this Both projects were entered from Coláiste Choilm were Scientists, which takes place in
Fair. year. One student from St Mi- for the junior group category. the overall winners with their Santander, Spain in September
More than 50,000 visitors, chael’s, Yichang Wang had en- It was the first time for the project ‘A statistical investi- 2020.
young and older students tered the intermediate category school participating at the Sci- gation into the prevalence of The BTYS will return next
from primary and secondary with his biodegradable pack- ence Fair. Surely they will have gender stereotyping in 5-7 year January for its 57th exhibition.
schools, passed through the age studies titled ‘Not olds and the develop-
doors between Thursday and plastic? The single use ment of an initiative to Pictured clockwise from top
Saturday and into a packed revolution’. combat gender bias’, left:
main hall. The other two pro- entered in to the Inter- Sarah Boissier and Gre-
Ecological topics dominated jects came not just mediate section in the ta Whipple; Arlo Daly and
for many projects, from coastal from one school but Social and Behaviour- Harper Walsh; Yichang Wang,
erosion, weather warnings, and the same class, with al Sciences category. St Michael’s College; Os-
new transport fuels, moving the same science The best Individual car Despard, Sandford Park
away from diesel and petrol or teacher. All four are award went to Dublin- School (Individual Award);
as hybrids, to energy-saving pupils of Conor Max- er Oscar Despard from Cormac Harris and Alan
and producing technologies, well from Sandymount Sandford Park School O’Sullivan, Coláiste Choilm
medical gadgets and applica- Educate Together. in Ranelagh. ‘Apply- (Overall Winners).
tions. Greta Whipple and ing Data-Driven Ex- Below Individual stands and
It was not made easy for the overall view of the exhibition.
four different panels of judges Photographs: Gary Burke/
who were tasked to find firstly, Kathrin Kobus.
the winners in their respective BTYS winner photos by Chris
categories Social and Behav- Bellew/Fennell Photography
ioural Sciences; Chemical, 2020.
Page 26 ART February / March 2020

visible; a provocation to the dominant hierarchies.

His films Sebastiane (1976) and Jubilee (1978)

Derek Jarman in his mid-twenties. Alongside painting he began

to produce set designs for opera and ballet, which
fused his personal style of painting with the scale
were broadcast on Channel 4 in the ear-
ly 80s to a very broad audience.
This led to a conservative
backlash from figures such

at IMMA and three-dimensionality needed for the theatre.

Sometimes called ‘The Andy Warhol of Lon-
don’, as early as 1967 Jarman was hired to cre-
as Mary Whitehouse and
Conservative MP Winston
Spencer-Churchill, grandson

n David Prendeville ate production design sets such as Jazz Calendar of the wartime prime minister,
unning from now until February 23rd at the by Frederick Ashton at the Royal Ballet; and in who appealed to the Arts Minis-
Irish Museum of Modern Art is PROTEST! 1971 the sumptuous set for Ken Russell’s bril- ter to have funding withdrawn.
– a major retrospective of the work of one of liant and controversial The Devils. Jarman responded by becoming
the most influential figures in 20th century British The exhibition includes many original de- ever-more frank and un-apologetic
culture, Derek Jarman. signs by Jarman; photographs of the realised about his subject matter, and from
While addressing Jarman’s important contribution sets and a group of seven costumes designed the late 80s, put queer lives at the
to film, this exhibition focuses on his wider practice by Oscar-winning costume designer Sandy centre of his practice through figures
as a painter, writer, set-designer, gardener and politi- Powell. such as Caravaggio, Edward II and
cal activist. This is the first time that these diverse While collaboration was at the heart of Wittgenstein.
strands of his practice have been brought together in Jarman’s practice, it also highlights his Caravaggio’s life and art were a source
over 20 years. status as an incubator of young talent. of inspiration for their fusion of passion,
PROTEST! captures Jarman’s engagement with Figures such as Tilda Swinton, Toyah beauty and violence. Over a period of more
both art and society, as well as his contemporary Wilcox, Joanna Hogg, Sean Bean and than ten years Jarman made paintings using
concerns with political protest and personal free- John Maybury had their first oppor- techniques borrowed from the Renaissance
doms arising from the AIDS crisis. Major bodies tunities under Jarman’s direction. master. Making a feature film on Caravag-
of work, from the 1960s to the 1990s, have been Throughout his career Jarman gio’s life became an obsession. This research
brought together, many of which have never been retained a deep interest in history led to the creation of volumes of sketchbooks,
seen in public before. and the art of the past. In 1976 storyboards, and paintings, included in this ret-
Derek Jarman studied at the Slade School of Art, he produced his first full-length rospective.
London in the early 1960s, and was part of a group feature film Sebastiane, a queer Following the release of the film Caravaggio in
of young painters, including Patrick Procter and Da- telling of the story of the mar- 1986, he received recognition by the Tate Gallery
vid Hockney, who embodied a changing mood in tyrdom of St Sebastian, fea- when he was included as a nominee for the Turner
British art. turing a haunting score by Prize that year.
More than 80 early works have been identified Brian Eno. At the end of 1986 Jarman was diagnosed as HIV-
from the period 1958 to 1970, and some 30 of these Against the backdrop positive. AIDS was then a fatal, non-treatable dis-
are previously unknown and have been catalogued, of Thatcherism and a so- ease which the tabloid press described as a plague.
conserved and documented for this exhibition. cially conservative Britain, Jar- This diagnosis transformed Jarman’s practice and
In 1967 Jarman was included in Tate Young Con- man’s work made queer lives and history led to a new kind of activism as he worked to raise
temporaries; in the inaugural exhibition at the Lis- awareness of AIDS. He was one of the few public
son Gallery and the 5th Biennale des Jeunes, Paris; figures to ‘come out’ with the disease, an extraor-
a remarkable record of achievement for a painter dinary act of courage in the social and political cli-
mate of the time. February / March 2020 ART Page 27

This is expressed in his paintings Jarman’s diagnosis coincided

such as Queer (1992) (Manchester with a move to Prospect Cottage in
Art Gallery Collection), from his ex- Dungeness, Kent, which is overshad-
pansive series of ‘Slogan Paintings’. owed by the Dungeness nuclear power film are represented in the exhibi-
These monumental works, from the station. Here he created a unique and tion.
early 1990s, incorporating phrases highly-regarded garden, the site of Moving image works from across
related to government policy, tabloid his film The Garden (1990) and book Jarman’s career are also shown
throughout the exhibition, tion was the Prospect Cottage room.
charting the evolution of his Particulalry striking in here were ob-
filmmaking. Jarman remains an jects which combine religious icons
essential and influential figure purchased in gift shops with the para-
in contemporary art. Against phenilia of war and sex, to haunting
the AIDS crisis and the back- effect.
drop of Section 28, enacted on This is an unforgettable and un-
the 24 May 1988 that stated missable exhibition. It runs until
that a local authority “shall not February 23rd and entry is free of
intentionally promote homo- charge.
sexuality or publish material
with the intention of promoting Paintings, clockwise from top left on
homosexuality,” Jarman made page 26 to 27:
explicitly political art. Prospect, 1991; 2nd Potters Bar Fete of
In his use of installations (in- 1910 ; Blue, 1993 ; Self-portrait 1959;
cluding beds), multiple media I.N.R.I., 1988; Fuck me blind, 1993; Aids
and religious iconography he Blood, 1992 ; Queer, 1992; T.B. or not
prefigured the work of younger T.B.; Flesh Tint, 1990; Infection, 1993;
artists, including Tracey Emin Landscape with a Blue Pool; Avebury
and Damien Hirst. Series II, 1973; Untitled (Slade Entrance
This is a powerful, exhaus- Exam).
hysteria and public fear of the AIDS Derek Jarman’s Garden (1995). tive, diverse and often provocative This page, centre:
crisis, are included in the exhibition For this exhibition the garden will be body of work. There’s plenty on show Prospect Cottage in Dungeness, Kent.
and remain powerful comments on the the subject of new critical texts which to please a wide array of tastes. The Jarman created his garden here and fea-
socio-political climate of the time. will explore its lasting legacy and its haunting contemplations on death seen tured it in a film and book.
place as a living work of art. The in his film Blue, to the mischief of
diverse bodies of works that were his ‘Black Paintings’, to the anger of
made there, tar paintings, landscape his Slogan paintings.
paintings, assemblages and feature My favourite room in the exhibi-
Page 28 POETRY REVIEW February / March 2020

The Sacred Geometry of Life

Geomantic by Paula Meehan

n Geneva Pattison tackled in Geomantic as we ven- you have to be to make sense of
here are patterns in ex- ture through past realms both the state of the State we’re in?”
istence, so random and unknown and familiar, always In truth, a partial answer is re-
seemingly impercepti- looking to the future. vealed in the title of the poem,
ble that we simply miss them “The Commemoration Takes distraction staves off madness.
completely. Paula Meehan’s Our Minds Off the Now” is a This powerful reflection calls us
poetry collection, ‘Geoman- poem that was inspired by the to attention to examine where
tic’, seems to attempt to fight 1916 commemorations that took we believe the government’s fo-
this idea by creating order out place throughout 2016. cus should lie and where further
of chaos. The poet addresses the gov- pushes are needed.
The word Geomantic itself ernment directly by making a There’s a strong social criti-
comes from Greek meaning “boon” or request to them. She cism present in “Commemora-
“earth divination”, a type of div- muses that those in power gov- tion” and we can see the poet
ination that interprets patterns ern knowing that “none” can speaks from a deeply informed
on the ground made by casting truly know “how much of the position, evident in the poem
soil or rocks upon it. country has been flogged like an “The Child I Was.”
The poet uses the pattern of old nag.” Meehan talks about the In the poem, Paula writes
nine to make sense of it all, and turning of the “karmic wheel”, a on her childhood views while
the book comprises of 81 poems, mystical warning perhaps, cau- growing up in Dublin during
each with nine lines and consist- tioning of the influence of cause the 1960s. The second line, “let
ing of nine syllables per line. and effect. me die for Ireland I prayed,”
The collection is the culmi- The following line reflects is an innate portrait of patriot-
nation of a decade’s worth of the repeating cycles of life by ism from the mind of the poet’s the poet in this verse, reminis- change and to move with the ebb
poems, many of which were acknowledging the bravery of younger self. cent of the works of Emily Dick- and flow of existence.
written during her time as Ire- those in poverty “going round She prays with her “sword of inson. We learn that she would The image of the moon takes
land Professor of Poetry from and round the bend.” The final light” in her hand, a reference have missed this small moment, a prominent role in this collec-
2013-2016. Environmental, so- lines of the poem read like a rhe- to the sword of light wielded had she not “stopped mid-argu- tion of poetry, marking itself
cietal and familial themes are torical question, “How mad do by King Nuada of celtic legend. ment to watch the moonrise.” proudly as the subject of the first
The sword could only be held by The poet’s attention was brought poem in the book. “The Moons”
Nuada as long as he remained out of a difficult circumstance by is a piece which appears to lift
balanced in his presiding over the sheer power of nature to give the veil for both poet and reader.
justice and truth in Ireland, a de- one’s self clarity. Like a blessing or a spell before
sire of the young poet also. Here The lush musicality to Mee- a ritual, we’re invited to invoke
we can see where the domain of han’s verse shines through in the memories, and ask to view them
history and of the fabled inter- final section. She catches the bee as if reflected on the moon’s very
lace. “shaking the bells of the scarce surface. For it was always there,
Her respect and understanding blossoms”, marking the death of the mirror to our existence since
for Ireland’s troubled history is their argument while simultane- time immemorial, witnessing all.
clear. She makes reference to the ously heralding in “peace.” Or as the poet writes, “moon’s of
blowing up of Nelson’s Pillar in Paula Meehan’s much loved my life adrift on a stream.”
O’Connell St, an event which poem, “The Quilt”, perhaps Mystical and mythical refer-
occurred in 1966, a year specifi- most epitomises the essence of ences are entwined throughout
cally referenced in the first line her chosen form and theme of the entire collection, offering us
of the poem, she was 11. ‘memory’ within the collection. a unique vision of the poet’s life
We further understand her It begins, “It was a simple affair and our shared histories. Paula’s
strong opinions on poverty when – nine squares by nine squares”, words are profoundly intricate,
she relays, “I understood we a symmetrical equation evoking laced with allusion while being
were poor – we lived on streets feelings of safety, of grounding. delightfully frank on observed
named for our patriot dead.” The description of her “grand- truths.
This line also paints a similar mother’s quilt” is beautifully de- When considering the book in
picture to the previous poem dis- tailed. It’s bright, varied colours, its entirety, ‘Geomantic’ power-
cussed. Of course it’s necessary patterns and adornments wrap fully illustrates the highs of eve-
to remember the past but, how the poet during “the long and ryday wins and staggering lows
can we shift the wheel of fate winding nights of childhood.” of personal and collective loss as
to turn in our favour now, in the From the comfort of her bed we all try to learn the past, be in
present? she recalls the round window the present and attempt to navi-
In the poem, “The January that sat above, her “own full gate the future.
Bee” we are drawn into a biodi- moon.” From there she would ‘Geomantic’, published by
verse microcosm. The beginning watch the “weather’s wheeling Dedalus press is available from
of the piece has a delicate sen- past, the stars, the summer suns”, Books on the Green and all
timentality to it, “who comes to observing the cycles of a year – good bookstores.
the winter flowering shrub, grief seeing the passage of time. It’s
in his empty pouches.” A feeling as if the patchwork of one’s own Left: The book cover.
of melancholic isolation perme- future itself is comforting her, Above: Paula Meehan.
ates the space being moulded by telling her to embrace inevitable Images courtesy Wikipedia. February / March 2020 POETRY REVIEW Page 29

Writing home: nomic and industrial progress. She

walks past “the reminding, plain-
tive bust of Luke Kelly”, a symbol
of Ireland’s cultural liberation in-
innocuous start is transformed by
Matthews into powerful poetic
discourse on the fear and feelings
of displacement that everyday

The ‘new irish’ poets spired by a period of oppression.

A “church fence painted rainbow
colours – reading pride” is also
xenophobia causes in a commu-
nity. Feeling welcome is an impor-
tant element of ‘home’ for many,

n Geneva Pattison Although it’s raining and mis- passed, a mark of inclusion cele- but what do we call it when that’s
hat is your percep- erable outside, the poet paints a brating the due human right to love not the case?
tion of ‘home’? Is picture of an exotic, worldly land- without fear. Yet, as mentioned by ‘Writing Home’ is a wonderful-
it a house, a state of scape through her use of colour the poet, “angry young boys go ly diverse and illuminating poetry
mind, or maybe a feeling? For association. The “matador” reds past” her, “Running, / Rushing, / collection. The work reflects deep-
everyone, the idea of ‘home’ is permeating the grey dinginess and Stumbling.” It’s a reminder that a ly upon the psychological mine-
different. the “teal … gold” signs are like lack of self-awareness of one’s ac- fields people face when confronted
The collection, ‘Writing Home: glimpses of eastern jewels tions can affect others deeply. with constant strings of unknowns,
The ‘New Irish’ Poets’, published “It’s rainy / It’s raining / It The subject of home in this or faced with undue abuse.
by Dedalus Press, explores this rains”, the poet relays that these poem, is somewhat explored using The many descriptions of home
very topic. The book consists of are the words she taught her stu- the concept of ‘negative space.’ don’t just manifest heartwarming
work from 50 poets, giving us dents today. The tone of the poem We move around the direct subject visions of ‘hearths and families’,
distinct representations of the vari- shifts in the following lines, as of the poet’s own home life, yet so they ask us to be cognisant to
ous meanings of home and writing the speaker describes the immedi- much is implied. “I am on the bus where we fit into (and how we add
from Ireland. ate atmosphere closing in around home – to you,’’ is a phrase repeat- meaning to) other peoples’ impres-
Co editor Pat Boran’s introduc- them. “I am jostled, and feel stran- ed throughout the poem, in various sion of home.
tion to the collection discusses gers struggle to keep their breath iterations of the first. It acts like Maya Angelou once said, “the
how the word ‘home’ can often We learn that these memories re- away / from my ears / and the back a comforting mantra, ‘home’ and ache for home lives in all of us”,
be a loaded word. In its simplest late to a specific person in the po- of my neck.” this person are almost inseparable. and this superb, socially-aware
form, it evokes feelings of safety, et’s life, she marks a “Google Cal- We’re reminded that we’re not Likewise, the phrase provides the collection makes that point very
security and a sense of calm. endar date every month” to meet on a leisurely country or holiday reader with an anchor, to further clear. The point that despite our
In recent years ‘home’ been a them, yet, each time she sits across bus ride observing the world go highlight the contrasting experi- various differences, we’re more
highly contentious subject in Ire- the table from this person, they are by, but in the midst of an over- ences of ‘home life’ in the poem. alike than we’ll ever truly know.
land. As articulated by Pat, “this “old strangers.” crowded, busy city. The beginning of the piece is ‘Writing Home: The ‘New
most innocent-seeming word Time often creates distance The claustrophobic reality of gracefully written and encapsu- Irish’ Poets’ is available from
seems to conjure a battleground between people and the implied inner-city living is further mag- lates a feeling of universality and Books on the Green and all good
for the rights and freedoms of fu- space between the pair is especial- nified when the poet tells us the the shared human experience. This bookstores.
ture generations.” ly palpable here. Escaping from a words her students “asked” her to
Similarly, by extension, the con- country is the poet’s past, escaping teach them. “Terrified / Terrifying
cept of what it means to belong from a feeling a person creates is / Humiliated – ashamed.” Words
is brought into question. Must the poet’s present. that a student needed to know, to
one remain in their homeland to The innate way Chiamaka relays articulate the feelings of a distress-
truly feel they are home? Having the complexities of relationships is ing incident she experienced when
a homeland is just an essential beautiful. The loneliness of being she was “threatened and shoved”
geographical fact, as mentioned by removed from a person, the dis- by teenagers, “her with her small
Boran. Surely, home is wherever connection we fight against and the children on the Luas.”
and whatever we make it. desire to relive pleasant memories This happened just days after
Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi shares are topics explored in the poem. another encounter, wherein “older
the position of co-editor with Bo- The final thought in the piece pro- boys tore off her daughter’s hi-
ran, and her work is also featured vides a type of melancholic clo- jab… flung it to the ground and
within the collection. Born in La- sure. “ I have stopped dreaming stomped.” This may be the wom-
gos Nigeria and raised in Galway of escape / And began wanting to an’s first time admitting it out loud,
and Dublin, the poet explores the remember each moment / where I or her first time having the ability
idea of displacement and the ever- feel at home with you.” to, in English, like emancipation
changing shape of what it means to Ultimately, the poet knows the from an inherited vow of silence.
belong in her poem “Where”. The truth of the situation, as does the Human connection, nurtures
poem begins with, “I have stopped reader. The fact that life is never the freedom to express one’s self
dreaming of escape from a country static and that sometimes, upon to the fullest, being devoid of the
/ on whose ground I could settle personal reflection, one’s future ability to communicate in whatev-
my feet / but not my spirit.” can, in a way, rewrite one’s past – er manner or language necessary,
There are dual connotations at giving us a fresh perspective. creates isolation. This feeling can
play here. The feeling of stable re- Suzanna Matthews is another be heightened when surrounded by
lief presented on the surface in the featured poet. She currently re- people, but lacking the verbal tools
first lines is almost immediately sides in Donegal, but has studied to relate your story.
revoked in the following section. and lived in Asia, South America Matthews highlights the issue of
“I thought my mind had betrayed and Europe. tolerance and the idea of “Modern
me/ the day I woke wanting to re- Her poem “Teaching English at Ireland”, saying how “broadcast-
member each moment where I feel Spencer Dock” is written from the touted… headlines” of progress,
at home.” poet’s perspective, while on a bus can become “mournful” shakes of
The poet feels like her memories journey home. “The teal and cold, the head by “the auld ones” soon
are fading, like an “old woolen gold signs of the many Centra after. Modern in many ways on the
blanket” frays and thins over time. shops blur / through the windows, surface, but ever fluctuating in the
She is unable to “trap time”, to / We pass the matador – bullseye perception of what makes a soci-
keep those memories safe until she reds of the Toltecas and Tescos and ety ‘modern’. The poet walks past
needs to access them for comfort. Ladbrokes.” “flash new tech buildings” of eco-
Page 30 FILM / ART February / March 2020

T Oscars 2020 –
n David Prendeville ing sold on seems like the sort of thing
he 92nd Academy Awards cere- that would attract the academy’s atten-
mony will take place on Sunday tion.
February 10th. In terms of Irish Beyond those frontrunners, Bong-
interest, Saoirse Ronan has received
her fourth Oscar nomination, at the
age of only twenty-five.
Saoirse Ronan Joon Ho’s hugely admired Parasite, to
be released here on February 7th, is be-
ing hotly tipped by some to be the first
Ronan got the nod in the Best Ac-
tress category for her lead role in
Greta Gerwig’s Little Women. She is
among the nominees foreign language film ever to win Best
Picture. As it stands, it is the first-ever
South Korean film to be nominated in
up against Cynthia Ervio for Harriet, the category. As overdue a develop-
Scarlett Johannson for Marriage Story, ment as a film not in the English lan-
Charlize Theron for Bombshell and guage winning the big prize may be, I
Renee Zellwegger (the favourite with would still have my doubts about the
many analysts) for her role as Judy conservative academy delivering on
Garland in Judy. that front.
Speaking about Ronan’s nomination, Bong-Joon Ho is also in conten-
Minister for Culture, Heritage and the tion for Best Director. Recent years
Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD said: have seen occasions where the film
“I am delighted to see Saoirse Ronan that wins Best Picture has not landed
nominated for such a prestigious award a Best Director nod, something which
– the Academy Awards are among the will give hope to Little Women and
premier annual film industry awards Marriage Story.
and to be nominated, particularly in The academy have once again faced
this category, is an honour. Saoirse criticism for their lack of diversity.
Ronan’s nomination is a tribute to the Gerwig’s omission from the Best Di-
strength of the Irish Film Industry and rector nominations for the former be-
it’s fantastic to see Irish talent captur- ing particularly surprising. The final
ing the attention of the film industry at two, and rank outsider, Best Picture
an international level.” nominees are Ford vs Ferrari and Jojo
The list of nominees generally held Rabbit.
few surprises, though eyebrows were In the Best Supporting Actress race,
raised somewhat at the fact that Todd the great Laura Dern appears to be fa-
Phillips’s bafflingly overrated Joker vourite for Marriage Story. She faces
landed the most nominations with Kathy Bates for Richard Jewell, Scar-
eleven. lett Johnasson for Jojo Rabbit, Flor-
Joaquin Phoenix certainly seems ence Pugh for Little Women and Mar-
like the clear favourite for the Best got Robbie for Bombshell.
Actor category. Adam Driver seems to Brad Pitt is the runaway favourite
be his most likely competitor for Mar- for Best Supporting Actor for Once
riage Story. Upon a Time in Hollywood. It’s a fine
The other nominees in that catego- performance, however, it’s a shame
ry are: Antonio Banderas for Pedro that Joe Pesci’s towering turn in The
Almódovar’s Pain and Glory, Leon- Irishman is likely to lose out.
ardo DiCaprio for Once Upon a Time ture. The Irishman certainly stands a emy have always been fans of Tar- The other Best Supporting Actor
in Hollywood and Jonathan Pryce for chance in this category. One would antino (now approaching the end of contenders are Tom Hanks for A Beau-
The Two Popes. suspect Once Upon a Time in Holly- his career), but have never awarded tiful Day in the Neighbourhood, An-
One of the big surprises this awards wood, 1917 and Joker (due to the sheer any of his films Best Picture or him thony Hopkins for The Two Popes and
season has been the complete shut-out number of nominations it got), would Best Director. In an oddly open year, Al Pacino for The Irishman.
of Robert De Niro’s excellent perfor- be it’s biggest competitors. this feels like the moment when they
mance as gangster Frank Sheeran in All three are also nominated in the might. 1917, meanwhile, has the feel Top: Saoirse Ronan.
The Irishman by all the major award- Best Director category for Quentin of the more traditional type of pres- Below, from left: Sam Mendes, Char-
ing bodies. Tarantino, Sam Mendes and Phillips, tige historical film that they would go lize Theron, Laura Dern and Joaquin
This year is unusual in that there respectively. Hollywood certainly for. Mendes is a former winner, and Phoenix.
is no clear front-runner for Best Pic- looks like a good shout as the acad- the one-shot gimmick the film is be- Images: Wikimedia Commons. February / March 2020 FILM Page 31

2020 Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival

n David Prendeville shorts. There will also be a screening Featuring the voices of Tilda Swin- sérables and Quentin Dupieux’s black
he 2020 Virgin Media Dublin of the winner of the 2019 Virgin Media ton, Jane Fonda and Thandie Newton, comedy Deerskin. French icons Cath-
International Film Festival runs Discovers award, Innocent Boy, plus amongst others, the documentary shows erine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche also
from February 26th to March 8th many, many more films from both new the oft-untold history of women film star in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s The Truth,
in various venues across the capital. and established talent. makers and trailblazers. marking that revered director’s first film
The festival will play host to numer- This year’s event looks to be a par- Other documentary highlights to look outside of his native Japan.
ous Irish and international premieres. It ticularly star-studded affair. One of the out for include Toni Morrison: The Piec- There is also an extensive programme
opens with a gala screening of Lorcan undoubted highlights of the festival will es I Am, the world premiere of Vyvienne of films for the whole family in the Fan-
Finnegan’s science-fiction horror Vivar- be a masterclass with esteemed screen- Dick’s New York Our Time, John Con- tastic Flix strand, highlights of which in-
ium, which screened at Cannes last year. writer and director Charlie Kaufman on nors’s Endless Sunshine on a Cloudy clude a presentation of Charlie Chaplin
One of the film’s stars, British actress, March 4th. The man behind such films Day and sporting documentary Street shorts and a dog-friendly screening of
Imogen Poots, will be in attendance at as Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sun- Leagues, featuring Colin Farrell. A doc- Marona’s Fantastic Tale.
the screening.. shine of the Spotless Mind and Synec- umentary which may also be of specific Other notable highlights of the festival
Another Irish feature to watch out for doche, New York will be discussing local interest is Alan Moloney’s love include The Surprise Film on Sunday
is Neasa Hardiman’s Sea Fever, a horror his craft with Irish screenwriter Mark letter to the grimy warehouse Windmill March 1st, which continues to be one of
set on a West of Ireland trawler, starring O’Halloran (Adam and Paul, Garage). Lane that was to become one of Ireland’s the most popular events in the festival
Connie Nelson and Dougray Scott. Kaufman will also be the recipient of a most important cultural cornerstones programme. A new addition to the fes-
The festival will play host to the world Volta award. Also receiving a Volta award and which is of course now based in tival this year is The Empire Film Pod-
premiere of Paddy Slattery’s debut, will be Danish actress Trine Dyrholm, Ringsend. cast Live, the official podcast of Empire
crime-drama, Broken Law. Also, coming star of, amongst many other things, There is an expansive world cinema magazine, on Friday March 6th.
off strong reviews at Venice, will be the Thomas Vinterberg’s classic Festen. programme featuring an eclectic selec- Speaking about the Virgin Media
first Irish screening of Rialto, starring The festival also welcomes Ida and tion of internationally acclaimed films Dublin International Film Festival 2019
Tom Vaughn Lawlor. Cold War director Paweł Pawlikowski, and award winners. These include the programme, Gráinne Humphreys, Festi-
Other notable Irish films set to pre- who will give a Director’s Mastclass. In prestigious Audience Award winner at val Director said: “This year we have a
miere are Joe Lawlor and Christine Mol- terms of other Network events there will Sundance, May el-Toukhy’s erotic thrill- stellar line-up of World and Irish cinema
loy’s Rose Plays Julie and Tom Mur- also be Creative Europe Case Study – a er Queen of Hearts which stars Trine accompanied by some of the most daz-
phy’s famine-set, Irish language thriller practical workshop on the possibilities Dyrholm, Cannes’s Un Certain Regard zling international and homegrown film
Arract. of co-productions and leading film mak- winner The Invisible Life of Eurídice talents. We invite our audiences, known
Local company Element Pictures is ers through the entire process from start Gusmão; the new film by Swedish au- for their love of film, to dive right in for
well represented with the Irish premieres to successful festival launch and release. teur Roy Andersson About Endlessness the next 12 days and nights and discover
of two films. First up is Calm with Hors- Some other esteemed guests set to be and Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear different cultures, stories, worlds, points
es, a gritty crime drama, whose stars in attendance at screenings throughout winner Synonymns. of views – be entertained, engaged, in-
Barry Keoghan and Niamh Algar will be the festival include Persepolis director Delving into Chinese cinema, the Fes- cluded.“
in attendance. Marjane Satrapi and Brazilain director tival programme shows a wonderfully The festival runs from February
The festival closes with a gala screen- Kleber Mendonca Filho (Aquarius). diverse selection of films that cast a 26th to March 8th. Tickets can be
ing of Phyllida Lloyd’s drama Herself, As always, there is a strong line-up light onto the Chinese society past and bought at
which recently had its world premiere of documentaries on show at this year’s present. Highlights here include: Yang
at Sundance, where it received strong festival. Mark Cousins’s hugely-antici- Lina’s historical drama Spring Tide, Xi- Top from left: Calm with Horses, Broken
reviews. pated, expansive 14-hour Women Make aoming Chen’s thriller If You Are Happy Law, Herself and Street Leagues.
The festival, as usual, also plays host Film: A New Road Movie Through Cin- and Zhang Yang’s The Sound of Dali. Bottom from left: Rialto, Queen of
to a huge variety of Irish and internation- ema, will be shown over five separate French cinema is also well represented Hearts, Onward and Marona’s Fantastic
al short film programmes. These include screenings, to be viewed together or as at the festival with such films Ladj Ly’s Tale.
a programme of the latest Screen Ireland standalone films. Oscar-nominated debut feature Les Mi- Pictures courtesy of VMDIFF.
Page 32 CULTURE / LOCAL February / March 2020

Björk brings
her Cornucopia
to Dublin
n Peter McNamara Throughout the concert, vibrant
he Cornucopia Tour has colours of wild fungi trip and fold
been billed by Björk as across the elabourate, mutli-tiered
her “most elaborate staged stage. Forest sounds flit through
concert to date”. Considering the the arena. Gremmlerʼs visuals
fact that her Biophilia jaunt in evoke the deepest oceans and the
2011 utilised actual lightning to darkest cosmos, or mutate and in-
make beats, this is quite a claim. vert the human form.
Then again, if any artist has Visuals continually play tricks
shown a special gift at out-doing on the mind and eye. Anthropo-
herself time and time again, it’s morphic figures suddenly emerge
the irrespresible Icelander. from the darkness then fizzle into
Sprung from her 2017 Utopia the ether just as quickly. A shoal
album, the Cornucopia show is of fish becomes a multitude of pain: I kept expecting the over- instead writing her own songs, cardigan.
another breathtaking display of bristling petals. whelming sound to hurt my ear and working in a fish factory. After the film Björk retreated to
Bjork’s creative bravery and self And this wild and shifting pres- drums, and it didn’t. Here is an- Her punk band Tappi Tíkarrass Iceland to make Vespertine. Ap-
re-invention. From the raw punk entation perfectly suits the music. other unique experience in a con- (whose name I won’t translate) pearing in 2001, it was an intro-
of her early days, to the gleeful Utopia as an album is all about cert of firsts. went on to tour Europe. In 1986 verted ode to domestic bliss and
pop of her 1993 Debut, through finding a new paradigm – not just The overflowing show is fluid they performed on Icelandic TV, her new-found love with artist
to darker evolutions of Volta and for Björk, as she reshaped her and seamless. And, even when with a heavily pregnant Björk Matthew Barney. The swan dress
Medúlla, Björk has always been life after the breakdown of her cloaked in blossoming flowers, baring her belly. This was too (by Marjan Pejoski) she wore on
unconfined by any label or genre. relationship with Matthew Bar- or surrounded by crashing CGI much for some viewers. the cover designed to reflect Ves-
Now, along with the slew of col- ney – but for all of us, in our eco- bodies, Björk remains your main In 1992 she moved to London pertine’s wintery theme, was the
laborators that have brought this logical crisis. focus. Undercutting the showʼs and went solo. Debut appeared same one she wore for the 2001
latest tour to fruition, she has As the message flashed up on- streamlined spectacle is her anar- in 1992, and was a worldwide Oscars, where she also, casually,
once again reimagined her music screen halfway through the gig chic spirit. smash. She followed this up with laid an egg on the red carpet. “It’s
and her persona. reminds us, “We have to imag- Post in 1995. This more dramatic just a dress,” said Björk.
With Cornucopia, Björk pushes ine something that doesnʼt exist, A baby-faced Icelandic punk album gave Björk her peak com- She got in trouble with both the
the limits of what a live perfo- carve intentionally into the future. Like the late David Bowie, mercial success, as well as an un- Serbian and Chinese authorities
mance can acheive, and commu- Make a musical mockup, then Björk is an artist who riles against comfortable level of fame. after on stage support for, respec-
nicates a profound message about move into it.” definition. As soon as her work Magazine covers and high- tively, Kosovo independence and
the beauty of nature, the need for For ‘Show Me Forgivenessʼ, seems comprehesible, she dives profile relationships came with freedom of Tibet during Volta’s
climate action, and the wonderful Björk conceals herself inside an to the essence of what inspires airport meltdowns and letter shouty rave anthem “Declare
possibilities for the future. ovoid vocal chamber designed for her, and re-emerges as someone bombs from stalkers. The musi- Independence.” After Volta’s
her by engineering firm Arup, to new. And, like Bowie, her musi- cian moved to Málaga, to flee the shenanigans, she stripped right
The Point Depot overflows recreate the privacy in which she cal talent is matched only by her glare and concentrate on the mu- back for the generally minimalist
Directed by Argentine film- composes her songs. instinct for chossing the right col- sic, ramping up the intensity. Biophilia (2011), which she com-
maker Lucrecia Martel, the Co- A camera inside transmits her laborators. She’s worked with the posed on a touchscreen tablet.
nucopia tour began in May 2019, image on to the ribboned gauzes some the world’s greatest fashion A futurist queen For all her perceived affec-
with an eight-night residency in that frame the stage as she lets designers, photographers, music Her 1997 album Homogenic tations, Björk has never faked
New Yorkʼs The Shed. Its execu- loose vocally, creating a weird producers, and directors. featured lush cinematic sound- anything: she means it all. She’ll
tion feels like a manifesto for the paradox of intimacy and expo- Björk Guðmundsdóttir was scapes, gorgeously blended always sound—and look —like
future of live music – and for mu- sure. born on November 21st 1965, strings and electronica. By em- the future. And, as the Cornucipia
sic itself. Itʼs a potent effect on ‘Features in Reykjavic, Iceland. She was ploying Alexander McQueen to show came to an end in Dublin,
Fans at The Point were treated Creaturesʼ, a painfully vulner- thrust into music school aged five, design the cover, she killed off her sights were once again set on
to a visually and atmospheri- able song about peering at a new and quickly became frustrated. her kooky pixie image in one fell the way ahead.
cally overwhelming production. world through the afterimage of The “retro, constant Beethoven swoop. “I explained to him the We listened to the final song of
The show is a rich embodiment old love. and Bach” bored her so much person who wrote these songs — her main set fade, and from out of
of her Utopia album, involving a ‘Body Memoryʼ, ‘Utopiaʼʼs she’d regularly get called into the someone who was put into an im- her conjured natural utopia came
50-piece choir, seven flautists and darkest depth, is introduced by principal’s office. possible situation, so impossible a stark message: a specially-re-
months of work by the cream of an incredible, body-and-brain- She was offered an album deal that she had to become a warrior,” corded video from Swedish en-
the sound, art, fashion and film shaking sub-bass tone created by after a teacher sent a recording she told the Chicago Tribune at vironmentalist, Greta Thundberg.
worlds. an 800lb organ pipe. Here comes of her singing to a radio station. the time. “A warrior who had to The generous outpouring of
There was a fantastical, fungi- an unsettlingly powerful practical Björk’s mother said yes on her be- fight not with weapons, but with the Cornucopia show reminds us
inspired set by theatre designer lesson in the physicality of sound, half. The resulting folk-disco col- love.” that, although our future is surely
Chiara Stephenson. There were and a reminder of one’s place lection went platinum and made In 2000 Björk starred in Lars threatened, there is still so much
wild floral-aquatic-carnal visuals within a fragile human form. her a star. It was 1977. She was Von Trier’s Dancer In The Dark. to gain in the century to come.
by artist Tobias Gremmler. Danc- This bass-tone frequency rip- eleven years old. Her relationship with the contra-
ers and musicians chavorted in ples through your chest, through Resenting being pushed into the versial film-maker wasn’t rosy. Above: An example of the finery
shimmering, structural costumes your entire body, like a powerful pop spotlight, she turned down the Legend has it she got so upset Björk is known to sport on stage.
by Balmain and Iris Van Herpen. alien touch. And yet it causes not chance to record a second album, working with him that she ate her Photo courtesy Wiki Commons. February / March 2020 LOCAL Page 33

Premiere of counselling at the outset of her grief. She

has since set up a support group called

Git was Here

A New Normal. The adult peer-to-peer
group is for family, friends and those
who have lost a loved one to suicide.

There was a huge turn-out at the Cast
and Crew screening of the film in late
November. The film received big laughs
and a big outpouring of emotion at the
screening. As well as friends and family

n David Prendeville One of the most striking elements of of Christopher’s attending, there were
ovember 2019 saw the premiere the film is how it manages to balance also many people who had never met
of Lorcan Fox’s documentary giving a sense of who Christopher was, him, who were all very positive in their
Git was Here, a tribute to his while also remaining uncompromising in responses.
friend and Ringsend man, the late Chris- the questions it asks about mortality and In terms of what his plans are for the
topher “Git” Byrne, who tragically died grief. Lorcan tells me it was a challenge film, Lorcan tells me that he would love
of cancer in 2016 at the age of only 31. sometimes not to “lose sight of some of to sell the documentary to RTE, while he
Lorcan, who hails from Tritonville Av- the more generic details’’ and that he had also plans to submit to various festivals
enue, grew up with Christopher. They to be wary to not let the film might slip throughout 2020.
both went to Marian College together into being “hagiographic.” how this was the most challenging seque The recent screening of Git Was Here
and were both part of the well-known He felt the key in keeping the film in the film and the “biggest moment out- was followed by a live podcast with
D4 band Satiyrix. A mural was painted grounded in the broader thematic scope side of Git’s world.” Grief Encounters where its presenters,
in tribute to ‘Git’ in Poolbeg in 2018 by was very much focused on his own voice- Lorcan admits that he was advised Sasha and Venetia sat down for a dis-
London-based street artist The Artful over. This illustrates Lorcan’s journey, against it by some people who he showed cussion with Lorcan and Christopher’s
Dodger, an event which was covered by what he learned about the way we ap- it to, however he is glad he stuck to his widow Caroline. Here they discussed the
the paper at the time proach death while making the film, and guns: “I stand by that. I just felt you impact of his tragic loss on both of them,
As well as being a celebration of Chris- also works as a great bridge between the couldn’t do a film about a young man dy- and how this wonderful tribute came to
topher’s life, the film is also an examina- personal and methodical aspects of the ing, without exploring the fact that young life. The podcast can be listened to here:
tion of death and our attitudes toward it. project. men are dying to suicide on a regular ba-
Lorcan interviews various people from Certainly nobody could accuse the film sis in Ireland.” He also beams at the fact
undertakers to academics to hospice car- of losing sight of its goals or pulling its that Karen herself was very happy with gb/podcast/grief-encounters/
ers to metaphysical healers, in a bid to punches. One particularly hard-hitting how she and the subject were treated. id1446606717?i=1000457862169
get a multitude of diverse perspectives segment focuses on Karen Docherty who In the documentary, Karen talks about
on death. lost two sons to suicide. Lorcan tells me the difficulty in getting the necessary Photo courtesy of Lorcan Fox.
Page 34 DIGITAL / DEVELOPMENT February / March 2020

The Podcast Studios

ann, Trócaire, SEAI, ESB, and Brown in which to develop your art, then look
Thomas, to name a few. no further. The Podcast Studios provide
all the services you need to launch your
The Podcast Studios – an impressive podcast, from editing and sound design,
new space to script consultation, artwork, and mar-
I was invited in to take a look at the keting. What’s more, they run regular
new studios, and the results are impres- courses on recording, interviewing, and
sive. Based just off Pearse Street, The promoting podcasts, and provide one-to-
Podcast Studios is a refreshing space. In one training.
the modern rooms and hallways, there “We take individual room bookings,”
are clean, bright walls, splashes of zesty Alan tells me, “but far and away, the
colour, and thick sound-proofing carpets. most cost-effective way to get podcast-
Overall, the effect is one of energy and ing is to become a member.”
professionalism, and there is a sense of Podcast Studios membership caters to
welcome about the spacious on-site café. two kinds of podcaster: the independ-
“Some of the walls and floors are sev- ent or hobbyist one, and those geared
eral inches thick,” Bennet informs me. towards business or marketing. The way
“We had to work hard to keep the sounds it works, when you sign up for member-
of Dublin City at bay.” ship, is that you get a certain amount of

n Peter McNamara and the curious”, they take submissions There are three studio spaces. Pod 1 is credits. An hour of studio time costs one
o you have an interesting per- from contributors on a wide range of top- the round-table studio, and can facilitate credit, as does an hour of editing servic-
sonal story to share? Is there a ics, and even produce their own written up to six people in a comfortable setting. es, or of consultation, and so on.
certain topic you’re bursting to and podcast-based content in-house. Pod 2 is a two person studio, more suit- For an annual fee of €600, the Inde-
tell the world about? Have you ever had According to their founder, Alan Ben- able for voice-over work, audio book re- pendent membership gives you ten cred-
an insightful chat with someone, about net, “we get up every morning to make cordings, or an intimate one-on-one arm- its, to redeem how you like. For a fee of
everything under the sun, and wished your daily journey through the internet chair chat. €2,500, the Professional membership
you had recorded it? more interesting and productive. We’re Pod 3 is the largest recording space at gives you 50 credits. According to the
If the answer is yes to any of the above, all about the quality, and support good The Podcast Studios. Here, clients can podcast mastermind, Alan Bennett, there
you might want to get into podcasting. writing and reading.” record audio, video, or both. You might are huge opportunities for businesses
A ‘podcast’ is a digital audio file made was initially set up as a like to live-stream your recordings, or when it comes to this platform.
available for downloading to a comput- blog by Bennet in 2014, as a place to put use the area as a rehearsal space, or as “With podcasting, businesses can tell
er or mobile device. It’s like a catch-up some of the extra writing left over from somewhere to host live events – with their story exactly as they want to tell
player for a radio show – except that this a novel he’d been working on. He soon seating for up to 50 guests. Pod 3 comes it. Say, if you were to appear on a radio
show isn’t broadcast on the airways, but invited friends to post material of their fully equipped to handle any and all show to promote your product or service,
tailored for an internet audience. own, and this personal blog quickly be- video production needs, offering a green you might only get a few minutes to con-
There are podcasts about every topic came a site for internet curation, featur- screen, multi-camera set-up, and adapt- vey your message, and you might be in-
imaginable: current affairs, history, food, ing articles on a range of topics. able sets for panel shows. terrupted, or put under pressure to finish.
sports, music, and perhaps the most pop- HeadStuff has since gone on to win “Pod 3 played host to a few live events With podcasts, a company can take the
ular of all, true crime. And they’re all numerous blogging awards. Now Bennet during the Dublin Podcast Festival, last time to clearly reach their desired audi-
free. has his sights set on the burgeoning Irish November. It’s was great – it’s really ence, in a thoroughly professional man-
If you’d like to know more about a podcast market. turning into a vibrant space. We have ner.”
certain topic – maybe the Golden Age of Last year he undertook a huge expan- another event happening at the start of He also points out the fact that a busi-
Hollywood – there is sure to be a podcast sion of their Dublin offices. The result is February: the podcast Pints of Malt is ness could keep complete control of such
for you. You download the episode (or The Podcast Studios. Located in Dub- celebrating their 50th episode with a spe- material, and use it wherever and when-
episodes) and listen at your convenience. lin City centre, this new space is a one- cial live show.” ever they like. He highlights further com-
Since appearing in 2000, an estimated stop-shop for all things audio. With three Incidentally, Pints of Malt might be mercial potential in podcasting that’s still
73 million people regularly listen to pod- state-of-the-art studios, they provide another one to add to your must-listen
casts in the USA alone, while 44% of the everything you need for podcasts, voice- list. It features three Dubliners of Afri-
total population have listened to a pod- over work, video production and more. can extraction, discussing growing up in
cast at least once. “We want to be the home of podcasting Ireland, the good, the bad, and the ugly.
With the rise of smartphones, this for- in Ireland,” Bennet tells me. “We work It’s called Pints of Malt because malt is a
mat has gone global. One in three Irish with all sorts of individuals and organi- sweet drink that many Africans might be
people listen to a podcast every month, sations, to help them tell their story in a treated to as children growing up. That
according to a new study. It might be professional and engaging way. And no said, children might only ever drink a
down to our affinity with storytelling, client is too big or too small. Whether glass of it: the lads added in the pint to
but as a population we love to create pod- they need studio time, editing work, Irish things up.
casts and to listen in. equipment rental, or marketing support, The renovation of The Podcast Studios
And now HeadStuff, a Dublin compa- we can tailor a package to suit.” took place on the site of the old Westland
ny based off Pearse Street, is looking to The Podcast Studios are part of the Studios. Thin Lizzy, U2, and even Miley
further bolster the Irish scene. HeadStuff Podcast Network, Ireland’s Cyrus recorded at this iconic location.
largest collective of independent pod- Who knows what future luminaries will – the internet’s greatest casters. Bennet wants the new location to grace these halls…
hits be somewhere that people can meet, find is an Irish website that support, and share ideas. And in terms Get involved: Podcast Studio mem-
gathers some of the best writing and pod- of business-orientated podcasters, Head- bership
casts on the internet into one place. Billed Stuff boasts an impressive roster of for- If you’re interested in podcasting, and
as “a collaborative hub for the creative mer and current clients, with Met Éire- are looking for a supportive environment February / March 2020 DIGITAL / DEVELOPMENT Page 35

Opens on Pearse Street

going untapped: that of advertising. A Brief History of Podcasts group of listeners. By podcasting con-
“Advertising on podcasts is huge in The word “podcast” is a combination sistently on one subject, podcasters not
America. It’s an incredibly efficient way of “iPod” and “broadcast”. The name was only assert their expertise on the subject
to reach a specific audience. Unlike radio, first suggested by columnist and journal- matter but also draw a loyal and devoted
where a general cross-section of people ist Ben Hammersley, who invented it group of listeners.
will be listening in, a certain podcast will in early February 2004 while “padding Podcasts are also used for informa-
tend to attract a certain kind of person. If out” an article for The Guardian news- tional and educational purposes – self-
you want to target a key market, podcast paper – shameful behaviour indeed. At guided walking tours, talk shows and
advertisements are the way. It’s an op- the time iPods were the dominant force training are all available.
portunity that companies haven’t caught in portable audio listening. However, de-
onto here. But that’s something I hope to spite the Apple-related moniker, podcast Feast your ears: How to find the pod-
change, for the good of businesses and content can be accessed today using any cast for you
podcasters alike.” brand of computer or smart phone that It is very easy to listen to a podcast.
Both the Independent and Professional can play media files. Once you master a few simple steps and
plans include a free consultancy meeting You can trace the birth of this format search techniques, there are virtually no
for anyone starting up a new show. It’s a back to two Americans, software de- limits to what you can hear.
way to give people a chance to chat with veloper Dave Winer and former MTV The simplest way to listen to podcasts
the Podcast Studios team, to clear up any jockey, Adam Curry. They met in 2001 is on a web browser like Chrome, Safari
questions they might have, and get them to discuss the distribution of RSS auto- or Microsoft Edge. You can do this from
started in the right direction. mated media – a sort of email newsletter, a computer or from the web browser on
When the credits run out, members get that would deliver different media con- your phone.
a 15% discount on studio, editing, and tent to you. Find a website that has podcasts you Tap on one to play it. If you like it, tap
any other services purchased within 12 At the time, Winer and Curry were fo- like, for example RTÉ Sport. Find the the subscribe button at the top of the
months of their signing up. “And that’s cused on distributing video rather than player on the page, check your device’s page. When you subscribe to a podcast,
on top of our already competitive rates,” audio recordings. Back then, however, sound is switched on and click play to it’ll appear at the top of the Google pod-
Alan tells me. the world was still a long way from the listen to the podcast. casts app, and a new section in the app
Also included in each plan is priority super-fast broadband connections of to- will let you know about new episodes
booking on recording or editing slots dur- day. If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can from podcasts you’ve subscribed to. You
ing busy periods – something that could Winer was uneasy with the capabil- use the Apple podcasts app to listen to should also be able to listen to podcasts
be especially important for commercial ity of the internet to carry large video podcasts. from the Google search app, just search
podcast clients looking to get their sales downloads. Worse still, the time it took The Podcasts app should already be for the name of the podcast.
message to market. to download a video far exceeded the downloaded on your phone so search In Ireland, we’re famous for our love
There’s even some free Headstuff and time you might actually spend watching your apps for ‘Podcasts’. If it’s not, go to of storytelling, and this is proving to be
Podcast Studio merchandise thrown in it, and the video file might reach you in the app store and download it. Open the true for the 21st century’s newest form
for good measure. Being a member also poor quality, or not at all. For these rea- Podcast app and go to the search page of the medium. You might listen to a
grants access to the on-site café, with sons, they decided that audio files were a (click on the magnifying glass button in podcast while walking the dog or driving
free tea and coffee. better way to go. the navigation at the bottom). A search the car – or you could put one on while
“Independents and professionals can Curry wrote a program called iPod- box should appear at the top, next to an- cleaning the house or doing the garden-
come in and talk all things podcasting at der, that enabled him to automatically other magnifying glass icon. Tap on this ing. If you search for any topic, main-
the café. We want to get different people download Internet radio broadcasts to and type in the name of the podcast you stream or niche, you’ve likely to find
talking, to help spread ideas, and grow his iPod. Several developers improved want to find eg: “Irish History”. Hit “en- something that will interest you. In fact,
the scene in Ireland.” Bennet cracks a upon his idea, and podcasting was offi- ter” on your keyboard. have launched their own
smile. “Actually,” he tells me, “one of cially born. Choose the podcast you want from the range of new shows for 2020.
our members says the café is one of the George W. Bush became the first Pres- search results and tap on it. This should A word of warning however: podcasts
best perks of signing up: they’re glad to ident of America to create a podcast. As take you to the podcast’s homepage. are known to be addictive. Be careful
have a nice toilet to use in the middle of the concept gained popularity, new me- Once you’re on the podcast homepage you don’t become hooked on a series.
town.” dia creators started to jump into the boat, you’ll see a list of recent episodes. Tap And especially not one of the true crime
and more podcast networks emerged. on one to play it.If you like what you variety, you might not sleep for a week!
Apple quickly jumped on board, with hear, a subscribe button at the top of the For more information about becoming
Steve Jobs declaring podcasts to be “the page lets you subscribe for free. This an Independent or Professional member
future of audio.” The entry of Apple into means the app will automatically down- of The Podcast Studios, or for any other
the market increased the accessibility of load the latest episodes to your library. bookings or inquiries, log on to thepod-
podcasts all over the world. Now, the Finally, if you have an Android phone, or email podcasts@head-
rise in popularity of podcasts has started you can use the Google podcasts app.
to compete directly with the convention- Search “Google podcasts” in the play
al radio broadcasting model. store app or click this link on your phone From left across both pages:
In America, some corporations and big to open it in the store. Install the app. The view into the pristine Pod 3, the
broadcast companies have ventured into Once you open the app, use the search flagship recording space at The Podcast
the medium, but for the most part, in Ire- box (look out for the magnifying glass Studios.
land and elsewhere, most podcasters are icon) and type in the name of the pod- The Pod 1 recording space is perfect for
amateurs, broadcasting from home stu- cast you want to find eg: Irish fashion. roundtable conversations.
dios. Because podcasters don’t rely on Choose the podcast you want from the Pod 3 also serves as a live event space
ratings as radio broadcasters do, the sub- search results and tap on it again. This for up to 50 guests.
ject matter of podcasts can range from should take you to the podcast’s home- In Pod 2, clients record interviews,
the refined to the silly to the excruciat- page. voice-overs, audiobooks, and more.
ingly mundane. Once on the podcast homepage you All pictures courtesy of The Podcast
Podcasters typically cater to a niche should see a list of most recent episodes. Studios.
Page 36 SPORT February / March 2020

L Railway Union Ladies Hockey Team

n Leinster Champions 2019-20:
ily Lloyd’s perfect- Back Row: Riona Norton (GK),
ly placed double saw Carolyn Crampton(GK), Fox,

win Leinster Indoor League 2019-20

Railway Union retain Hannah Sheridan, Ceal Joyce,
the Leinster Women’s Indoor Emma Symth(injured for Final
League as they withstood Muck- game) with her daughter Alana
ross’s late rush in the final at St Symth.
Columba’s. Front Row: Lisa McCarthy, Jen-
She opened the scoring when ny Long, Holly Jenkinson, Kate
Orla Fox picked her out on the McKenna and Lily Lloyd (who
edge of the circle, spun and shot scored two goals).
early. The two players were in- Railway winners over Muckross
volved in the next goal, too, in Final 2-1
with Lloyd finding the overlap- Goalkeepers to Railway Ladies
ping Fox on the right boards. Hockey Indoor Team
Her shot was saved high but Roina Norton and Carolyn
dropped perfectly to Lloyd who Crampton
– while the Muckross defence Photos courtesy of Tristan Taz
delayed – breached a tackle and Stedham.
got off an early push that made Right: Holly Jenkinson (Cap-
it into the bottom corner. tain and Coach) Railway Ladies
Trailing 2-0 at half-time, Hockey Indoor Teamaccepting
Muckross had the upper hand champions award from New
after half-time but Sophie Barn- Chairman of Leinster Hockey.
well saw her penalty stroke ef-
fort saved by Carolyn Cramp-
Railway skipper Holly Jen-
kinson had earlier saved off the
line while Lloyd was denied a
hat trick by the width of a post,
leaving the tie in the balance.
Charlie Flavin did get them find a further threat and Railway Muckross are a very structured tournament went on. It
on the scoreboard when she prevailed once more. team because they are coached got very close at 2-1.”
picked up Sarah McAuley’s “Delighted to retain the Lein- by Rob Abbott. He has been do-
poke through, flicking beyond ster cup,” Fox said following the ing a lot of work with them and Above: Railway Ladies
Crampton, but they could not victory. “It was very tight and they really progressed as the Hockey Indoor Team

Lansdowne back to winning ways with new head coach

n Kathrin Kobus with a 4 point win, and Mark is making good decisions under needn’t expect any gifts.
hings are picking up again McHugh got the phone call to be- pressure. It’s a tough trip to Lake- The current run of wins makes
for Lansdowne FC. After come head coach on a permanent land, and of course they will have a playoff place reachable and is
a string of losses last Oc- basis in early December since analysed their game here but I am the minimum season aim, with a
tober and November in the AIL Mike Ruddock extended his stay confident we’ll come out on the trophy game to look forward to on
since the Clontarf away game in Wales with Ospreys. McHugh’s right side. Even if we need a bit April 11th against regular rivals
on the 29th November, the trend experience with the first XV goes of luck.” Cork Constitution. (Cork Con)
is upwards again. For that game back a few years. They surely did need and got Of course a trip to Cork Con is
Mark McHugh was named the In- “I’ve been here about six years that little bit of luck with the last also in the AIL upcoming fixtures
terims Head coach. now and what I’ll look out for play of the game, securing a try in March.
“We are a team in transition, in every game, of course, is that and conversion which made it
some guys from the title in 2017 we come out on the right side.“ another one-point winning mar- From left: Oisin Dowling scoring
are still around, but we had new Translate that to winning the gin 16:17. The pressure is on to Lansdowne’s first try; Head Coach
players coming in and they have game, even if the last few minutes “Armagh is an AIL B team, secure the playoff spot in the AIL. Mark McHugh, during Terenure
to find their way. And I believe get a bit hairy, as happened in the so they had nothing to lose and Clontarf will be visiting the game; Captain Jack Dwan receiv-
that adversity reveals character.” semi-final of the Bateman cup re- played like that. But we showed back pitch Aviva for Friday night ing the ball in the lineout.
Lansdowne returned from ‘Tarf cently. composure and stood at the posts, on Valentine’s day, but they Photographs: Mick O’Brien.
kept the ball.” The win secured
another final with Cork Con in
April. It will come a few weeks
after their encounter in the AIL at
Lansdowne home pitch.
Wins are coming again, even if
hard fought and with tight results
in the league like the one-point
winning margins in the two game
encounters with UCC and most
recently Terenure. He was cer-
tainly aware of the challenge.
“Coach is there as confidence
builder, what rugby is all about February / March 2020 SPORTING HISTORY Page 37

Charlie O’Hagan
The Entertainer – part 2

n Gavan Bergin tack, with Charlie playing his 2-2. The Evening Herald re-
harlie O’ Hagan played heart out and having his best porting on the game and the sat-
his second international spell in the game. He seemed isfactory result praised “good
game for Ireland against to be bursting with energy, and play by O’Hagan, who had
Wales in Belfast on April 4th with his help the Irish forward nicely placed the ball to Mur-
1905. In that match Ireland line put Wales under sustained phy for Ireland’s first goal, then
started poorly, with Wales pressure for the first time. equalized in decisive style for
dominating the early stages. Dashing up the right wing their second. Playing in only
Though Ireland won the ball again and again, over and over his second international match,
back quickly and made some Charlie attempted to break the Tottenham Hotspur for-
incursions on the away team’s through the Welsh back line. ward was intelligent in move-
defence, the flow of the match And, although time after time ment and active in possession
was soon reversed as Ireland they blocked him out, he kept throughout the ninety minutes.
were forced back in their own going back for another run at He must surely be a likely se-
half and put under great pres- them. lection in the Irish team, for
sure. He was relentless, and his some time to come ”
They just managed to hold persistence eventually paid off, That prediction was an accu-
out early on, even launching as he managed to find a chink rate one, and Charlie became a
some forward rushes before in the Welsh armour then force regular in the Irish attack, miss-
Wales again took the initiative his way through and clear to ing only two games in the next
and threatened the home goal. play a perfectly-placed pass five years, and throughout that
The game settled into a to through to the striker, Murphy, time he kept playing the same
and fro pattern, both teams al- who scored for Ireland, making way, making plenty of goals for
ternating between attack and it 1-2. his team and running the oppo-
defence, but neither able to With that, Ireland looked sition ragged every chance he
break through. Charlie worked hard and fast on the comeback got. He played his last interna-
hard from the start to make an trail, but with time in the first tional match in 1909 after win-
impact, and early on, he came half slipping away it seemed ning eleven caps, scoring two Front, Charlie might have been daughter. He didn’t stay put for
close to making the difference as if the Welsh would manage goals and giving much joy to ready for some peace and qui- long though, his rambling fe-
for his team when he freed to hold their lead at the break, Ireland’s supporters. et. And for two years after the ver took hold again, and off he
himself of his marker, ran clear giving them a chance to re- When Charlie retired from War there was no word of him went to Germany, where he be-
and made a beautifully inci- group for the second half. But, playing after the 1912/13 sea- at all in the newspapers. He re- came the manager of the Berlin
sive pass to his partner in at- as the clock ticked on, with son, there were limited options appeared, back on the football side, BFC Preussen.
tack, Murphy, who hit a shot mere seconds remaining, Char- open to a retired footballer. scene as the manager of the The job didn’t last, though.
from which Ireland very nearly lie launched himself on one Apart from the newspapers, English Division Three club, Charlie had his contract can-
scored. more attack-and this time he there was no sport media so Norwich City, for the 1920/21 celled after two weeks, and he
But soon afterwards, a mis- wasn’t looking to play anyone there were no lucrative pundit season. got nothing more from his time
take by the Irish defence let in in, he wasn’t looking to pass jobs. But Charlie was fortunate. The job was by no means a in Berlin than than a one-way
Wales who were more clinical the ball, he just went straight He had the option to go back to resounding success for Charlie: ticket to London. According to
with their opportunity, putting up the field and, shrugging off Ireland and work in the family Norwich did not do well and he an interview he did at the time,
it away to open the scoring. every attempt at stopping him, business. However, at the age resigned after that one season. everything had been going well
Ireland did not crumble, he flew like tracer fire into of 31 he was still a young man, But the experience taught him at Preussen until the people
though, and they rallied for- the Welsh penalty area, then he wasn’t ready to settle down. much about the job of manage- who ran the club found out that
ward again. Charlie kept going smashed a bullet of a shot into There were a few more adven- ment, as he showed in 1923, he had fought against Germany
hard, he tore forward again, the lower right corner. tures on his horizon. when he took the job of manag- in the War. Whether or not that
forcing a corner to give Ireland It was his first international For three years he vanished ing the oldest football club in was the reason, they got rid of
an opportunity to put pressure goal, and it was the equaliser from the public eye, until Spain, Sevilla FC. Charlie right quick.
on the Welsh goalkeeper. But for Ireland! Immediately af- March 1915, when an article in He was the club’s first-ever He didn’t go back into man-
it was a chance wasted and terwards, the referee blew the the Evening Telegraph news- foreign manager, and he did a agement after that, and while
Ireland were made to pay for whistle and at the end of the paper reported that Charlie had fine job there. Charlie managed he didn’t have a glorious end
it when Wales, defending the first-half the score was 2-2. “just secured a commission as Sevilla to a spectacular sea- to his career in football, what
corner, won the ball back and From the start of the second a second lieutenant of the Lein- son, in which they won every went before was remarkable
sprung a rapid counter move half, the Irish players were ster Regiment, having left his match they played during the enough to make up for it.
from their own area, the length calm and considered in their old regiment, the Irish Guards 1923/24 season of the Anda- Charlie returned from Ger-
of the pitch and into the Irish play and they kept control of and recovered from a some- lusian Championship. As well many to London and made his
box, where they were clinical the ball, preventing Wales from what serious illness – and he is as winning the league, Sevilla way back home to Derry in late
in finishing the attack off, scor- getting back into the game. now fit and ready for military also reached the quarter-final 1924. For four years he lived
ing their second goal . 2-0, and Charlie was spirited and smart duty” of the Copa Del Rey. the quiet life with his family,
at that point it looked like it in his contributions, helping to And he did that duty with the As great a season as it was but there was one more big ad-
was all over for Ireland. prevent any slip-up that might Highland Light Infantry, fight- for Charlie, it wasn’t enough venture ahead. In 1928, Charlie
But that second goal, instead cost the team a rare good result. ing in France and Belgium until to make him hang around for sailed to New York and stayed
of sinking the Irish players, Back then, that simply meant the end of the War in 1918. another season in Spain, and there for the rest of his life.
seemed to spark them into life, managing to avoid defeat. It might be expected that, in June 1924 he moved back Charlie O’Hagan. The Enter-
and they went back on the at- And the final score remained after the horror of the Western to Ireland with his wife and tainer.
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Clanna Gael Fontenoy

Bumper start to the year at Clanna Gael Fontenoy
n Felix O’Regan venile section, Tony Murphy, intro- game played with sticks which are Year was shared by Club Secretary,
duced to the crowd a number of the curved at the end (called camáns) Brian Delany and Club Treasurer,
Clanns go to Croker players from just some of teams that and a small, hard ball, with goals and Suzanne Murray. And the Colm
The New Year got off to a bumper had won silverware during the 2019 a crossbar at both ends of the play- O’Briain Memorial Award went to
start at the club – not on the playing season: the U13 camogie team; the ing pitch. Considered by some to be Noah McLaren for his attitude, dedi-
pitch as is usually the case, but in the U16 football champions; and the Scotland’s ‘national game’, it is be- cation to training and commitment to
form of a mass exodus to Croke Park. senior ladies football team as County lieved to have originated in chaotic his team.
The occasion was the meeting of Champions. mass games between Scottish High-
arch rivals, Dublin and Kerry, in the A large fleet of buses waited on land clans at least as early as the 17th Photos clockwise from top:
first round of the National Football Sean Moore Road to transport this century. The gathering before the exodus from
League. The fact that these teams enthusiastic body of Dubs supporters the club to Croke Park to watch Dublin
had contested a closely-fought All- northside. Quality football in an en- Club Awards 2019 v Kerry.
Ireland Football final just months thralling game which ended in a draw As is customary on the occasion of Clanns hurlers and Edinburgh’s shinty
beforehand made this all the more a made the journey well worth while. the club’s end-of-year Annual Christ- players
mouth-watering prospect. mas Dinner, a number of awards were Brian Delany and Suzanne Murray are
So little wonder that, on an unusu- Celtic Visitors presented for outstanding contribu- jointly presented with the Club Person
ally mild Saturday evening for late Neither the new year’s wind nor tion to the club in the course of 2019. of the Year Award by Bernard Barron
January, some 400 young players and rain deterred our shinty-playing visi- The Team of the Year award went (Chairman)
adult members gathered at the club tors from Edinburgh from joining to the senior ladies football team for Marie Twomey (captain) and Aisling
for the trip to Croke Park: a record our own hurlers in putting on a great their tremendous success in winning Leonard (team member) receive the
undertaking for the club and one that exhibition of the mixed game. Those the Dublin Intermediate Ladies Foot- Team of the Year award
was efficiently organised by Michele spectators who braved the elements ball Championship and then going on Noah McLaren celebrates receiving the
O’Briain. to turn out in Sean Moore Park were as far as the Leinster Championship Colm O’Briain Memorial Award
Before departure, and to a fanfare well entertained and duly rewarded. semi final.
of music, the Chairman of the Ju- Like hurling, shinty is an outdoors The award for Club Person of the Photos: Brian Moran, Kathrin Kobus. February / March 2020SMALL ADS / NOTICES
2020: no short cuts! Page 39

n Kathrin Kobus
he first month of the year 2020 is already over! A new decade
has begun and there is one strong piece of advice I have to give
you to follow throughout this year. When writng out the year
date, do not abbreviate it to just ‘20. Write the full year out in all four
digits as in 2020.
Why? Because writing it in the shortened form will make it easier for
fraudulent changes to be made to contracts, agreements, sales, schemes
and applications of various kinds.
If you write, for example, the day of the upcoming election as
08.02.20 it is possible to simply add another two numbers and make it
back or forth in time as in 08.02.2008 or 2030.
It may feel like we’re on a time loop regarding the upcoming elec-
tions here and in America with some of the candidates on offer, but
we still count and operate in linear time and the only way the calendar
dates move on is; forward without any giant leaps and gaps.
A reminder that this year, too, we have the extra day in February this
month (29th) because it is a leap year. So make sure you fully write
out the date whether in any handwritten official correspondence that
requires your signature or in forms you fill in online.

Above: Victorian forger Père d’Aigrigny.

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